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Students will need to show satisfactory practical skills equivalent to AMEB Grade 2 by the end of Year 10
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The Music General course encourages students to explore a range of musical experiences through different musical contexts. The course content will focus on music and its development over time (contexts to be chosen from Western Art Music, Jazz, Contemporary Music, Music Theatre, Music for Film and Television, World and Indigenous Musics or Music Technology).
Each unit is divided into two parts. One of the following practical options are to be combined with the written component:
– Performance (40%) As a soloist and as part of an ensemble, including technical work and sight-reading assessment.
– Composition portfolio (40%) Students must compose a minimum of two original pieces with a combined minimum performance time of 8 minutes The pieces should vary in length and style and be written for different instruments/voices and instrumental/vocal combinations.
– Production/Practical project (40%) The production/practical project is to be practically based and cannot be purely research based. Documentation must include evidence of analysis and at least one composition/arrangement in the style/context selected for study, or a performance-based activity which reflects the research and written section of the project.
Music was a subject that I was good at. The Mercedes program fostered my passion for music and it was something that I really enjoyed. Music became the highlight of my day as each person had the same passion to learn and desire to explore their own musical talent.
Grace Kay, Class of 2018
- Performance students must undertake weekly, 30 minute instrumental/voice lessons in Year 11 and 12. Cost through Mercedes College is approximately $1158 for 32 lessons
- Students can use General Music as a pre-requisite for studying Music at a Tertiary institution, as long as they complete AMEB practical and theory exams to the appropriate level
- Syllabus and other SCSA documentation can be found HERE