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Music Explorations Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in June 2017 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2019.

Stage 2 | Subject outline | External assessment | Assessment Type 3: Creative Connections

Assessment Type 3: Creative Connections (30%)

Students undertake one creative connections task, in which they synthesise their learning in this subject from their explorations, experimentation, and development of their musical literacy skills, to present a final creative work (performance, composition, or arrangement) and a discussion of that work.

The creative work may be an extension of, but must not repeat, one or more of the set of works presented in the portfolio for Assessment Type 2, or may be a new work. Students choose one of the styles they have studied, and select techniques that have inspired them in their exploration and experimentation, and musical literacy tasks.

In the discussion, students reflect on and critique their creative work, and how it has been informed by the work of others.

A creative work that is a performance should be between 6 to 8 minutes. It must be recorded for assessment, and may be presented to a live audience.

A creative work that is a composition or arrangement should be between 3 to 4 minutes. It may be notated using standard and/or graphic notation, and/or be recorded in digital audio format.

The discussion should be in oral and/or multimodal form, to a maximum of 7 minutes or equivalent.

For this assessment type, students provide evidence of their learning in relation to the following assessment design criteria:

  • understanding music — UM2
  • exploring and experimenting with music — EEM1, EEM2, EEM3
  • responding to music — RM2, RM3.