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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 | Content | Responding to music

Responding to Music

Students engage critically and creatively with music through responding to their own and others’ works.

Students develop and extend their skills in deconstructing and analysing stylistic and technical elements of creating music. They strengthen their musical literacy by, for example:

  • undertaking comparative analysis of the style, structure, and musical elements of two or more musical works
  • reflecting on live music performances
  • reflecting on their own performances, compositions, and/or arrangements, or those of other students
  • applying their musical literacy skills, including aural perception and notation, when responding to music.

Students develop and extend their understanding of music theory and conventions, and their skills in score reading and relating musical sounds to notation. They build confidence in using appropriate terminology to discuss the elements of music.

Students interpret musical works, and deconstruct and analyse genres, styles, techniques, and/or influences that enable them to engage critically with music across time, location, and culture.

Students synthesise the findings from their study and express their musical ideas through their creative works, responses, and reflections.