Music - Individual Study


This 10-credit subject allows students to undertake an individually negotiated topic in an area of interest that is not covered in any other Stage 2 Music subject.

About the subject

Students pursue an area of interest that is directly applicable to their intended vocation, career, further study, or recreation. The ability to work independently is essential.

In Music Individual Study students pursue an area of musical interest that is directly applicable to their intended vocation, career, further study, or recreation. They develop skills in negotiating, planning, structuring, developing, and evaluating their learning. This subject is recommended for students who have a great deal of personal motivation and initiative, and who are self-directed learners. The ability to work independently is essential.

Course content

Students negotiate and plan with their teacher a topic they have chosen for their individual study. A proposal that includes a brief outline of the scope of the topic and the proposed format of the final product must be submitted to the SACE Board for approval. Suggested topics include:

  • Tutoring – allows students to share with others their high level of technical skill and/or musical knowledge.
  • Community – allows students to investigate and experience the social, political, and/or cultural aspects of music in the community.
  • Musical Instrument – allows students to build or restore a musical instrument.
  • Music and Cultures – allows students to demonstrate their understanding of music in its diverse cultural contexts.
  • Music Industry – allows students to gain experience in the music industry. Work experience in the industry, to extend the student’s musical skills and/or understanding, is recommended where possible.


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

School-based AssessmentWeighting
External Assessment 

Information on the External Assessment

Students present a report of their completed individual study in two parts. The report must be presented in one of the following formats or a combination of formats, as agreed to in the approved application.

Part 1: Documentation of Skills

Documentation of the skills developed in the study could take the form of photographs of the product at various stages of production, audiovisual evidence, written text, narration, webpages sketches and/or diagrams. Written documentation should be up to a maximum of 500 words.

Part 2: Evaluation

Students present a written or spoken personal reflection about their individual study. The final evaluation should be up to a maximum of 500 words.

The Report is double graded, firstly by the student’s teacher and secondly by an external assessor appointed by the SACE Board. The teacher and the external assessor make a decision about the quality of the Project Report with reference to performance standards.

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