Level 3 Music
Prerequisites and Corequisites:
To have at least 4 years previous music experience and lessons on an instrument or voice, or to have taken either Year 12 Music and/or NCEA Level 2 Music
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 5th year of performance by the end of the year and are part of an extra curricular music group.
Having the ability to read music is an advantage but not necessary as there are plenty of music standards available without doing theory .
L3 Music Course Description
This music course is a full year course which covers a large range of musical skills and course options.
This course has individualised programmes where each Level 3 Music student may select from the following achievement standards after talking with your teacher, and HOD Music , when choosing a minimum of 14 credits or more.
- It is highly recommended that for students taking the L3 performance standards that they have either private or itinerant one on one music lessons in preparation for their L3 performance assessments.
- These performance assessments need to demonstrate a fifth year level or above on a chosen instrument or voice and it is highly recommended to participate in our extra curricular music groups and music competitions where you can also gain credits .
- There are both solo and group performance standards – those taking these level 3 standards need to perform two solo programme recitals and two substantial pieces as a member of a group.
- It is also possible to perform on a second solo instrument where you need to perform a programme of music.
- There is also a composition standard and a song writing standard where students are required to compose three original pieces or songs .
- There is also an arrangement standard where students are required to arrange two pieces of music based on lead sheets. These standards use Sibelius music software .
- There are also two standards which involve music research. There are literacy credits available for both of these standards.
Music Studies is on the approved subject list
Level 3 Music Endorsements
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.
Learners may choose to enter for a Music Scholarship to further their study at Tertiary level. Please see the HOD Music if interested in preparing a Portfolio and preparing for a Performance recital/Composition portfolio/Musicology portfolio.
Recommended Prior Learning
At least 4 years music tuition on your chosen instrument or voice and to have taken Year 12 Music, or to have HOD approval by interview or audition.
Course Costs and Equipment
$80.00 to cover the cost of various music performances/workshops/workbooks/music software access.
Assessment InformationThis course allows students to construct a course suited to their area of specialty and growth. Assessment will be chosen from the following achievement standards to add up to approximately 20 credits.
MM 3.1 - 91416 Solo Performance 8 credits Internal
Perform two programmes of music as a featured soloist
This achievement standard involves the presentation of music, using appropriate techniques to express and communicate the music as a performer. The presentation will demonstrate an understanding of, and feeling for, the idiom or style of genre. It could consist of a number of shorter pieces, or a smaller number of more substantial pieces. For the performance, the featured soloist may be an unaccompanied or accompanied soloist, or in a small group.
MM 3.3 - 91418 Group Performance 4 credits Internal
Demonstrate ensemble skills by performing two substantial pieces of music as a member of a group
This achievement standard involves presenting a performance of a programme of music by an individual as a member of a group. The programme will comprise a performance of at least two pieces or movements of a contrasting nature. In addition to the focus on technical and presentation skills, there is also a focus on the individual’s ensemble awareness.
ONE of the following:
MM 3.4 - 91419 Composition 8 credits Internal
Communicate musical intention by composing three original pieces of music
This standard involves the presentation of music, using appropriate techniques to express & communicate the music as a composer. The presentation will demonstrate an understanding of, and feeling for, the idiom or style of genre.
MM 3.11 - 91849 Song Writing 8 credits Internal
Compose three original songs that express imaginative thinking
This standard involves the presentation of three original songs, using appropriate lyrics with melody and harmony lines to express the songwriter’s intention. The presentation will demonstrate an understanding of, and feeling for, the idiom or style of genre.
MS 3.9 - 91424 Arranging 4 credits Internal
This standard involves creating two arrangements for an ensemble.
This achievement standard involves arranging two pieces of music for an ensemble of at least three independent parts.
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: 54 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 42 credits.
Approved subject for University Entrance
Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 54
Applicants to New Zealand universities require 14 credits in three approved subjects. This course is an Approved Course for University Entrance
Although we aim to enable every learner to have the course that they prefer, limited places or learning requirements may restrict learners' choices.