Level 2 Music
L2 Music Course Description
Prerequisites and Corequisites:
- At least 3 years previous experience and lessons on an instrument or voice.
- It is highly recommended that all students have either itinerant or private instrumental or vocal lessons to support them with their performance assessments so they can be at the
- Required 4th year of performance by the end of the year and highly recommended to be a part of an extracurricular music group.
This course is designed for musicians with previous experience in performance music and are at a fourth year level on an instrument or voice.
It is an advantage if you can read music but not necessary as you can gain credits from performance, songwriting and writing an essay on NZ Music.
L2 Performance Standards
- There are both solo and group performance standards – those taking these standards need to choose two solo pieces and one piece to perform as a group. It is also possible to perform on a second solo instrument.
- It is highly recommended that those enrolled in these performance standards have one-on-one instrumental/singing lessons, either privately or through the school itinerant system.
- It is also highly recommended that students participate in one or more of the college's extra-curricular music groups, and for some of the music competition groups, students can obtain four credits for the Level 2 Group performance Achievement standard.
Students can Compose two pieces of music and/or create an Instrumentation using the computer notation programme Sibelius.
Students continue to develop their music theory in preparation for the external exams. ( optional standard : aural skills)
Students can Investigate an aspect of New Zealand music and there are literacy credits available for this standard.
Merit Endorsement: 14 credits at Merit or Excellence level with at least 3 internal or external credits.
Excellence Endorsement:14 credits at Merit or Excellence level with at least 3 internal or external credits.
Recommended Prior Learning
11 MUS or with approval from HOD Music.
Having lessons on an instrument or in voice - three years experience and to be at the fourth year on an instrument.
It is strongly encouraged that L2 music students have itinerant or individual private music lessons to support them with their performance credits.
Learners are also encouraged to participate in the school’s extra-curricular music programme, which could also gain them credits towards their group performance standard.
Course Costs and Equipment
$80.00 to cover the cost of various music performances/workshops/workbooks.
Assessment InformationMM 2.1 - AS91270 Solo Performance - 6 credits (Internal)
Perform two substantial pieces of music as a featured soloist.
This achievement standard involves performing two substantial pieces of music as a featured soloist.
MM 2.8 - AS91273 Instrumentation - 4 credits (Internal)
Devise an instrumentation for an ensemble.
MM 2.6 - AS91276 Knowledge of Conventions - 4 credits (External)
Demonstrate knowledge of conventions in a range of music scores.
MM 2.7 - AS91277 Contrasting Music Works - 6 credits (External)
Demonstrate understanding of two substantial contrasting music works.
MM 2.4 - AS91271 Composition - 6 credits (Internal)
Compose two substantial pieces of music.
This achievement standard involves the composition of two substantial pieces of music.
MM 2.9 - AS91278 Research - 4 credits (Internal)
Investigate an aspect of New Zealand music.
This achievement standard involves the investigation of an aspect of New Zealand music.
Other standards may be available to provide a differentiated programme for students where appropriate:
MM 2.2 - AS91274 Second Instrument Performance - 3 credits (Internal)
Perform a programme of music as a featured soloist on a second instrument
This achievement standard involves the presentation of music, using appropriate techniques to express & communicate the music as a performer on a second instrument.
MM 2.3 - AS91272 Group Performance - 4 credits (Internal)
Demonstrate ensemble skills by performing a substantial piece of music as a member of a group.
This standard involves demonstrating ensemble skills by performing a substantial piece of music in a group.
You will be assessed in this course through all or a selection of the standards listed below.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Total Credits Available: 41 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 31 credits.
Although we aim to enable every learner to have the course that they prefer, limited places or learning requirements may restrict learners' choices.