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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 | School assessment | Assessment Type 2: Performance and Discussion

Assessment Type 2: Performance and Discussion (40%)

Students present:

  • an ensemble performance, or set of performances of a single work or a set of works by one or more composers, and individual evidence of each student’s contribution to the chosen ensemble through individual part‑testing
  • an individual discussion of key musical elements of the repertoire, with a critique of strategies to improve and refine each student’s performance.

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

In the ensemble performance and part‑testing, students apply their knowledge and understanding of style, structure, and conventions appropriate to the repertoire. They interpret musical works, and apply their musical skills, technique, and accuracy to refine and present their performance.

In their individual discussion, students:

  • comment on how their understanding of the style, structure, and conventions of the repertoire informs their performance in the ensemble
  • critique the strategies they used in improving and refining their skills, technique, and accuracy in practice and performance.

The ensemble performance should be presented to a live audience. All performances and part tests must be recorded. The performance should be a maximum of 6 to 8 minutes.

The individual part‑testing should be approximately 2 minutes.

The individual discussion should be a maximum of 4 minutes if oral, 800 words if written, or the equivalent in multimodal form.

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

  • understanding music
  • performing music
  • responding to music.