Music - Performance Special Study


In Performance Special Study students who undertake this subject are assumed to have attained a high enough standard of technique and performance to meet the technical and musical demands of approved work(s), and the analytical skills to undertake an in-depth study of the work(s).

About the subject

They have the opportunity to address the technical and musical demands of performing approved work(s) in public. Students may perform as a soloist or as a member of a chamber ensemble (one performer per part).

Course content

This 10-credit subject consists of two areas of study:

  • Part 1: Performance of Approved Works
  • Part 2: Commentary.

Part 1: Performance of Approved Works

This part develops and extends the student’s skills on a chosen instrument or the voice and the application of these skills, musical understanding, and aesthetic awareness in a performance as an instrumental or vocal soloist or as a member of a chamber ensemble. A chamber ensemble must have only one performer for each part.

The approved work may be:

  • an extended work
  • selected movements from an extended work
  • a folio of related works or syntactically linked works.

Part 2: Commentary

This part develops the student’s analytical skills and the application of these skills, through analysis of the approved work. Students submit a written analysis at the second public performance.


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

School-based AssessmentWeighting
First Performance20%
Second Performance30%
External Assessment 
Final Performance30%

Information on the External Assessment

The focus of this assessment is on a sustained performance of the total repertoire of approved work(s).

The student performs the total repertoire as either a solo performer or a member of a chamber ensemble (one player per part) in a practical examination.

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

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