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Music Performance — Solo 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 a solo performance portfolio consisting of:

  • a solo performance, or set of performances, of a musical work or works
  • an 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 solo performance is for students to draw together their musical understanding, skills, accuracy, and technique developed and extended throughout learning in this subject.

The purpose of the evaluation is for students to:

  • discuss how their performance preparation throughout their learning in this subject has influenced their performance in this assessment
  • critique their performance in this assessment, with reference to skills, accuracy, and technique
  • evaluate their stage presence, engagement with the audience, and confidence as a solo performer.

The performance should be presented to a live audience. All performances must be recorded for assessment. A performance should be a maximum of 6 to 8 minutes.

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.