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Music Studies 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 | Assessment design criteria

Assessment design criteria

The assessment design criteria are based on the learning requirements and are used by:

  • teachers to clarify for students what they need to learn
  • teachers and assessors to design opportunities for students to provide evidence of their learning at the highest possible level of achievement.

The assessment design criteria consist of specific features that:

  • students should demonstrate in their learning
  • teachers and assessors look for as evidence that students have met the learning requirements.

For this subject the assessment design criteria are:

  • understanding music
  • creating music
  • responding to music.

The specific features of these criteria are described below.

The set of assessments, as a whole, must give students opportunities to demonstrate each of the specific features by the completion of study of the subject.

Understanding Music 

The specific features are as follows:

UM1  Reflection on musical influences on own original creations.
UM2  Synthesis of findings and expression of musical ideas. 

Creating Music 

The specific features are as follows:

CM1  Application of knowledge and understanding of musical elements.
CM2  Application of musical skills and techniques in developing, refining, and presenting creative works.
CM3  Interpretation of musical works.
CM4  Manipulation of musical elements. 

Responding to Music 

The specific features are as follows:

RM1  Application of a range of musical literacy skills, including aural perception and notation.
RM2  Deconstruction and analysis of musical works and/or styles.