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VCE Performing Arts

Music Performance Unit 1


  • A very good history of learning and performance in practical music (instrumental or voice) having achieved at around AMEB Grade 5 or equivalent standard.
  • Good aural skills and music theory skills at least at AMEB Grade 3 standard or equivalent. 

Course Description

Students select a program of solo works by a range of composers that are representative of a range of styles and diversity of character. They work on these with their instrumental (or vocal) teachers and present a 10 to 15 minute recital in Semester 1. They also prepare a set of technical work to support their development. Students also develop aural, theory, analysis and music notation and transcription skills to enhance their understanding of musical elements. They rehearse and perform in a Carey co-curricular music ensemble or other approved ensemble.

Essential Questions

  • How do I improve my ability to play or sing — what options do I have and how much work is needed to achieve it?
  • When I perform in a group, what skills do I need to blend and balance with others?
  • How does a composer convey feelings in what is printed on the page?
  • What tools do I need to play my instrument and sing clearly and expressively?

Areas of Study


  • Knowledge and skills that are needed in order to present musically engaging performances.
  • Preparation and presentation of performances in a variety of contexts.
  • Exploration of ways of expressively shaping chosen works and communicating artistic intentions to an audience.
  • Development of instrumental skills through regular individual practice. 
  • Development of ensemble skills through rehearsal in a Carey ensemble or other approved ensemble.

Preparing for Performance

  • Identification of instrumental techniques required to perform selected group and/or solo works and practise of relevant technical work and other exercises to support the performance.
  • Investigation of influences relevant to the interpretation and performance of the selected group and/or solo works.

Music Language

  • Aural perception, music theory and analysis.
  • Development of aural skills such as singing intervals, scales, triads and short melodic phrases from sight and memory.
  • Strategies for identifying, recognising, notating and transcribing short music excerpts.
  • Critical Listening skills through analysis of pre-recorded works including works created and performed by Australians.


Assessment Tasks
(school-assessed coursework)

Solo recital of about 10-15 minutes duration.

Regular attendance at ensemble rehearsals and participation in at least one performance each semester.

Preparing for Performance Test on technical work, written document outlining intentions, and sight reading or improvisation test.
Music Language

Test including theory, aural and transcription questions as well as a musical perception (analysis) task.

A workbook of exercises including theory and aural tasks, worksheets and analysis tasks as set each semester.


Overall Final Assessment

End of Semester Examination – 1.5 hours.

Information can be obtained from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Victoria, Australia: