Music - Musicianship

2MUSY

In Musicianship students develop their aural acuity and acquire fundamental, functional musical knowledge, and associated aural, theoretical, and notational skills.

About the subject

They learn theory, aural recognition, and musical techniques in a range of contexts through a variety of learning activities. Students learn about the relationship between theoretical notation and sound by using notation, and aural and visual recognition. Stage 2 Musicianship is a 10-credit subject.

Course content

Stage 2 Musicianship is designed to be undertaken as a 10-credit subject. The following three areas of study must be covered:

  • Theory, Aural Recognition, and Musical Techniques
  • Harmony
  • Arrangement.

Theory, Aural Recognition, and Musical Techniques

Students develop their aural acuity and ability to acquire fundamental functional musical knowledge, and associated aural, theoretical, and notational skills. They learn theory, aural recognition, and musical techniques in a variety of contexts through a variety of learning activities. Students develop their understanding of the relationship between theoretical notation and sound, using aural and visual recognition, and notation.

Harmony

Students learn to harmonise a melody by applying theoretical knowledge. Students undertake one of the following three options:

  • Option A: Countermelody
  • Option B: Jazz-related Harmony
  • Option C: Four-part Vocal Style.

Arrangement

Students develop their musical imagination and ability to write musical arrangements. They learn to apply fundamental knowledge of theoretical concepts, musical styles, and associated aural and notational skills.

Each student creates a notated arrangement of a melody of his or her choice, taken from the existing repertoire (not created by the student). The arrangement is submitted with a score using standard notation (including the transposed score if transposing instruments have been used), a recording, and a statement outlining the ideas in, and the musical intention of, the arrangement.

Assessment

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

School-based AssessmentWeighting
Skills Development30%
Arrangement40%
External Assessment 
Examination30%

Information on the External Assessment - Examination

Students undertake a 1¾-hour external examination, which is divided into two parts:

  • Part 1: Theory, Aural Recognition, and Musical Techniques
  • Part 2: Harmony

Part 1 consists of multiple-choice and short-answer questions on aspects of rhythm, pitch, and musical techniques. It draws on the aspects of music outlined in the ‘Theory, Aural Recognition, and Musical Techniques’ section of the Content, and assesses achievement of Learning Requirements 1 to 3. Students hear some of the questions played on a CD as they answer Part 1. Students have approximately 1 hour to complete Part 1.

Part 2 consists of one harmonisation question that assesses achievement of Learning Requirement 4. Students can undertake the harmonisation question for Option A, Option B, or Option C. Students have approximately 45 minutes to complete Part 2.

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

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