Music - Ensemble Performance


This 10-credit subject develops students’ skills on a chosen instrument or their voice and the application of these skills and other musical knowledge in an ensemble.

About the subject

Students who study Ensemble Performance and/or Performance Special Study and/or Solo Performance may perform on the same instrument in all subjects.In general, students participate in one of the following throughout the subject:

  • A small ensemble of two or more performers
  • An orchestra
  • A band
  • A choir, vocal ensemble, or with a solo performer (as an accompanist)
  • A performing arts production (as a singer or an instrumentalist).

Students perform on only one instrument or the voice and in only one ensemble. Students may perform as a vocalist and as an instrumentalist. They may also perform with recognised doublings such as saxophone and clarinet. There may be reasons to vary this specification (see the Arts Learning Area Manual for details).

Students prepare and present three public performances, comprising two school-assessed performances and one final, externally assessed performance.


Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

School-based AssessmentWeighting
First Performance30%
Second Performance40%
External Assessment 
Final Performance30%

Information on the External Assessment

Students perform in the ensemble in a practical examination, comprising one public summative performance of 10 to 12 minutes, either live or filmed. Students are required to perform, individually, selections from their parts in the final performance. The final, externally assessed performance may include works that have been assessed in the first and/or second performances, and/or works being assessed for the first time.

The Final Performance is graded by external assessors with reference to performance standards.

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