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Music Performance — Ensemble 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: Performance Portfolio

Assessment Type 3: Performance Portfolio (30%)

Students present an ensemble performance portfolio consisting of:

  • an ensemble performance, or set of performances of a musical work or works, and individual evidence of each student’s contribution to the ensemble through individual part‑testing
  • an individual evaluation of their learning journey.

The musical work(s) chosen may be an extension of or related to works performed in Assessment Type 1 and Assessment Type 2 but must not repeat works already presented for assessment.

The purpose of the ensemble performance and individual part‑testing is for students to draw together their musical understanding, skills, technique, and accuracy developed and extended throughout learning in this subject.

The purpose of the evaluation is for students to demonstrate their progression and development in performing music in an ensemble. In their individual evaluation, students evaluate their understanding of how their role contributed to the effectiveness of the whole ensemble, including:

  • responsiveness within the performance
  • skills in collaborating with other musicians
  • learning from their performance preparation
  • understanding of their own part and the repertoire as a whole.

The performance should be presented to a live audience. All performances and part tests must be recorded for assessment. A performance should be a maximum of 6 to 8 minutes, with approximately 2 minutes of part‑testing.

The evaluation should be to a maximum of 3 minutes if oral, 500 words if written, or the equivalent in multimodal form.

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

  • understanding music – UM1, UM2
  • performing music – PM1, PM2, PM3, PM4
  • responding to music – RM2.