Music - Solo Performance


In Solo Performance students develop skills in aural perception and musical sensitivity, and preparing and presenting public performances.

About the subject

They develop an awareness of style, structure, and historical conventions in solo performance. Students extend their technical and performance skills on their chosen instrument or their voice, and use this expertise as a means of developing musical expression.

Course content

This 10-credit subject develops students’ skills on a chosen instrument or the voice and the application of these skills, musical understanding, and aesthetic awareness in a solo performance.

Each student must perform as an instrumental or vocal soloist or as a vocalist and instrumentalist. The performance of a vocalist who accompanies himself or herself may include solo parts from each. Students may also perform with recognised doublings, such as piccolo and flute, tenor saxophone and alto saxophone, flute and saxophone, electric guitar and acoustic guitar. Students must present their program on an instrument chosen from the following list:

  • Flute
  • Indigenous Australian instruments
  • Recorder
  • Traditional instruments (e.g. bagpipes)
  • Oboe
  • Violin
  • Clarinet
  • Viola
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • E flat alto saxophone
  • Double bass
  • B flat tenor saxophone
  • Harp
  • Horn in F
  • Voice
  • E flat tenor horn
  • Piano
  • Trumpet
  • Harpsichord
  • Cornet
  • Pipe organ
  • Trombone
  • Electric keyboard (e.g. clavinova)
  • Euphonium
  • Classical guitar
  • Baritone
  • Guitar (steel string, acoustic, or electric)
  • Tuba
  • Electric bass.
  • Percussion

Students prepare and present public performances


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 a practical examination. A solo performance of 10 to 12 minutes must be presented (live) for assessment.

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.

Performance Standards

The Music Subject Outline includes performance standards, which describe five levels of achievement that are reported with the grades A to E at the student’s completion of the subject.

The school-based assessments and the external assessment will be graded with reference to the performance standards

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