Music in Practice (Applied)


​Does this subject contribute to an ATAR? No (Applied Subject)

How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 2 

What is Music in Practice? 

In Music in Practice, students create, perform, produce and respond to their own and others' music works in class, school and community settings. Students develop musicianship through making (composition and performance) and responding (appreciation of their own and others' music works).

Music in Practice is a great way to learn some music skills to help you cope with everyday life in the future.

Students are assessed across three dimensions:

Dimension 1: Knowing and understanding

Dimension 2: Analysing and Applying

Dimension 3: Creating and Evaluating

What makes a student suited to Music in Practice?
Students who achieve success in Music are those who enjoy:
  • Using sound and silence as a means of personal expression.
  • Expressing intellect, imagination and emotion and the exploration of values.
  • Developing their practical and creative potential
  • Making an ongoing contribution to the culture of their community
  • Being creative and adaptable thinkers and problem solvers
  • Being disciplined and committed to music making.

What prerequisites must students meet in order to take this subject?

  • ​Nil​

What is the cost of this subject?

  • ​​Nil​

What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?

Compulsory BYOD with composition software and Microsoft Office from Year 10.

What do students study in this subject and how are they assessed?

  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1

Music History
Students will be developing their performing skills, composition skills and foundation theoretical knowledge. Students will engage with an overview of the history of music, which will serve as foundational knowledge to be utilised in future units.

Summative assessment 1:
• Performance

 Summative assessment 2:

• Composition

  Semester 2

World Music
Students will investigate the characteristics of music from a variety of countries around the world. Beginning at home in Australia, then moving overseas to Asia, Africa and Europe, students consider how music of different cultures has been shaped throughout history.

Summative assessment 3:
• Integrated project

 Summative assessment 4:
• Examination

Year 11Unit 1

Music Industry
Students will investigate the backgrounds and performances of well-known music artists, by examining a variety of music by contemporary music artists. Students will also investigate music career options, such as music agents, sound engineers, recording producers and journalists.

Formative internal assessment 1:
• Performance

 Formative internal assessment 2:
• Written Investigation – extended response

Unit 2

Australian Music
This unit aims to give students a wider appreciation of the music from Australia. Students will analyse and evaluate a wide variety of music produced by Australian artists, from Art music and Aboriginal music to contemporary rock, pop and hip-hop.

Formative internal assessment 3:
• Project – Podcast and Performance

 Formative internal assessment 4:
• Composition

Year 12Unit 3

In this unit, students build upon the knowledge and skills developed in Units 1 and 2 through investigations of contemporary music and music industry practices. Students will investigate the ways in which music traditions have been challenged, further developed and reconceptualised to represent, reflect and shape cultural, societal and technological change.

Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1):
• Performance

Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2):
• Composition

Unit 4

Music to Tell a Story
Students will explore how music is used to tell a story, through investigating a variety of music from films, television and video games. Students will use music software to compose and perform backing music for a film, TV show or video game. 

Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3)
• Composition​

Summative internal assessment 4 (IA4):
• Project – Performance and written component

Last reviewed 04 August 2022
Last updated 04 August 2022