Whangaparaoa College Whangaparaoa College

Level 1 Music Full year course

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: 35208313

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 10 Option Music and/or at least 2 years of experience on your instrument or voice, and ideally the ability to read music but this is not essential, or to have an approval from the HOD Music.

It is also highly recommended that all students have either Itinerant or Private instrumental or vocal lessons to support them to reach a 3rd year performance level by the end of the year.


NCEA Level 1 Music

Prerequisites and Co-requisites:     

  • Either Year 10 Option Music and/or 
  • At least 2 years previous experience and lessons on an instrument or voice, it is also an advantage to be able to read music but not necessary.
  • 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 3rd year of performance by the end of the year.

 NCEA Level 1 Music Course Information: 2024 


This is a full year course, which continues to develop the music skills.  Learners will complete four assessments in the NCEA Level 1 course during the year. 

It is possible for learner to take this course if they did not take Year 10 music after they have had a discussion with the HOD Music.

Our focus will be developing music skills through composing an original piece of music, performing a piece of music either as a soloist or in a group. We will also focus on demonstrating music skills by identifying and describing music from a range of musical styles , and describe music concepts in each piece that are connected to music contexts which include one from a Māori context, as well as an additional context.  

It is highly recommended that NCEA Level 1 music students all have itinerant or private instrumental or singing lessons to support them to develop their performance skills and it is highly recommended to participate in extracurricular music groups where you can also gain credits .           

In NCEA Level 1 Music you will focus on:

Music 1.1  Use music skills in a music style  91948  5 credits  Internal  

Music 1.2  Demonstrate performance skills   91949 5 credits   Internal 

Music 1.3 Demonstrate understanding of music in relation to contexts  91950  5 credits   External 

Music 1.4  Shape music ideas to create an original composition  91951  5 credits  External 

Learning Areas:

Arts (Performing)

Assessment Information

Please note that the standard credit totals displayed below as well as the standard descriptions are subject to change before the start of 2024 due to the upcoming NCEA Level 1 changes.

Music 1.1 Use music skills in a music style 91948 5 credits Internal
Explanation: identifying and applying music skills, consistent with a music style describing how a range of music skills are used and combined to create stylistic effects.

Music 1.2 Demonstrate performance skills 91949 5 credits Internal
Explanation: incorporating stage presentation skills using technical and musicianship skills appropriate to the instrument at a third year level that enable the music to be presented. ( this includes ,culturally grounded performance skills, such as the use of the whole body to express the music within particular Māori and Pacific music forms, or the incorporated use of taonga such as poi or taonga puoro. ) An audience can include: a class group, whānau, friends, or the wider community, a teacher.

Music 1.3 Demonstrate understanding of music in relation to contexts 91950 5 credits External
Explanation: describing music concepts that are significant to each piece of music, describing music concepts in each piece that are connected to the contexts.
As part of the evidence provided, students must engage with pieces of music from a Māori context and an additional context.

Music 1.4 Shape music ideas to create an original composition 91951 5 credits External
Explanation: identifying and using music concepts to organise music ideas in a music style creating an appropriate visual representation for the music style of the composition. Examples of music ideas include: rhythmic motifs, melodic motifs, riffs patterns, lyric material, chord progressions.

Total Credits 20


Level 2 Music

Career Pathways

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Course Costs and Equipment

$80 Equipment Description : Digital Music Programs, NCEA Level 1 Music Workbook, Musical Instruments and Recording Studio.


Although we aim to enable every learner to have the course that they prefer,  limited places or learning requirements may restrict learners' choices.