Academic Music

Music is offered from year 9- 13 as an option at St Pats. 
The qualities that music students develop  include creativity, self-discipline, the ability to work independently and in groups, self-reflection and advanced listening skills. These are highly sought after qualities in prospective university students and also by future employers.

The Junior Courses

Boys can choose Music as an option from years 9 & 10. They are also comprehensively tested to discover hidden musical talents  and recommended for their best instrument.

There are two streams available to choose from:

Performance Music- Half Year Course
For beginner and novice musicians. We cover:

  • Guitar
  • Drums
  • Piano
  • Singing
  • Wind and String Instruments
  • GarageBand (music creating software)
  • MuJects

Music Academy- Full Year Course
For boys who already play an instrument or sing. We cover:

  • Stage Band
  • Singing
  • GarageBand (music creating software)
  • MuJects
  • Song Writing
  • Film Music
  • Preparation for NCEA music

NCEA Music (click on title for more info)

Level One

Guidelines for Course Entry: Completion of Year 10 Music, or at least two years of instrumental tuition, or at the discretion of the HOD.

Course Content: This course covers a wide variety of musical aspects that includes assessment in:

  • solo performance
  • group performance
  • composition
  • score reading (external)

There are opportunities for advanced students to do some Level 2 standards.

Standard Title Type Credits Method
AS91090 Music 1.1 – Perform two pieces of music as a featured soloist Internal 6 Portfolio
AS91091 Music 1.2 – Demonstrate ensemble skills through performing a piece of music as a member of a group Internal 4 Practical
AS91092 Music 1.3 – Compose two original pieces of music Internal 6 Portfolio
AS91094 Music 1.5 – Demonstrate knowledge of conventions used in music scores External 4 Exam

Assessment will be selected from these standards based on individual need. A minimum of 20 credits will be gained if successful.

Costs: Approximately $15.00 for MusicFirst access, also students will require headphones and 8GB USB stick.

Leads to a subject on the UE Approved List

Level Two

Guidelines for Course Entry: 14 credits in Level 1 Music, or at least three years of instrumental tuition, or at the discretion of the HOD.

Course Content: Students will complete all standards from Music Studies and Making Music sides of NCEA Level 2. Standard AS91274 is optional for student who play a second instrument with at least two years playing experience on that instrument.

Making Music:

  • solo performance      solo performance on a second instrument
  • group performance      composition

Music Studies:

  • score reading
  • instrumentation

There are opportunities for advanced students to do some Level 3 standards.

Standard Title Type Credits Method
AS91270 Making Music 2.1 – Perform two substantial pieces of music as a featured soloist Internal 6 Portfolio
AS91271 Making Music 2.4 – Compose two substantial pieces of music Internal 6 Portfolio
AS91272 Making Music 2.3 – Demonstrate ensemble skills by performing a substantial piece of music as a member of a group Internal 4 Practical
AS91273 Music Studies 2.8 – Devise an instrumentation for an ensemble Internal 4 Assignment
AS91274 Making Music 2.2 – Perform a substantial piece of music as a featured soloist on a second instrument* Internal 3 Portfolio
AS91276 Music Studies 2.6 – Demonstrate knowledge of conventions in a range of music scores External 4 Exam

*This standard is optional, based on the discretion of the HOD in consultation with the student.

Costs: Approximately $15.00 for MusicFirst registration, also students will require headphones and 8GB USB stick.

Leads to a subject on the UE Approved List

Level Three

Preamble:      

Music is a Level Three subject.  Previous knowledge of the subject is required, and students should be actively learning an instrument. It is recommended that they participate in a group in addition to their solo work.

There are 24 credits available.

Aims of the course:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand and appreciate the role of music as both an art-form as well as an academic discipline;
  • Understand the unique challenges that composing for different genres presents;
  • Develop a musical ear; recognising modulations, analysing chord movement as well as developing general rhythmic and melodic awareness.

Description:  

Music involves the art of performing, composing, actively listening and learning about historical context. It explores the way in which music changes and develops over time and also the way different groups use instruments to create and develop sound. Music investigates individual and group expression and is an art form that requires knowledge of both the academic and practical disciplines.

Course requirements:

This course is open to all students who have achieved 14 credits or more in Music at NCEA Level Two in Music.  Students who do not meet this requirement may still able to do this course, but should discuss this with the Head of Department and classroom teacher.

Assessment:

Six Level Three Achievement Standards are offered for Music.

Three of these standards are compulsory, and the remaining standards will be chosen as appropriate to the music-specialism of the individual student.

Compulsory Standards:

3.10       Research a music topic

Internal             6 credits               Assessment        AS91425 

3.1         Perform two programmes of music as a featured soloist.

            Internal                      8 credits                                               AS91416 

3.4         Communicate musical intention by composing three original pieces of music.

            Internal                      8 credits                                               AS91419 

 

Optional Standards:

 

3.2         Perform a programme of music as a featured soloist on a second instrument.

            Internal                      4 credits                                               AS91417

3.3         Demonstrate ensemble skills by performing two substantial pieces of music as a member of a group.

            Internal                      4 credits                                               AS91418 

3.9         Create two arrangements for an ensemble.

            Internal                      4 credits                                               AS91424