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Stage 2 | Subject outline | School assessment | Assessment Type 2: Musical Literacy
Assessment Type 2: Musical Literacy (30%)
Students complete three musical literacy tasks.
As a set, the musical literacy tasks should enable students to:
- manipulate musical elements
- apply and refine their musical literacy skills, including aural perception and notation
- deconstruct and analyse musical works and/or styles
- synthesise their findings.
At least one task should be a practical application of students’ skills in manipulating elements of music using standard notation, in a composition or arrangement of approximately 2 minutes. This could be, for example, a harmonisation or melodic extension task.
The remaining musical literacy tasks could include (but are not restricted to), for example:
- a comparative analysis of two or more works
- an analysis of style, structure, and musical elements of one or more works
- a creative application of students’ skills in aural recognition, musical techniques, and score reading across at least two styles or genres
- a composition, arrangement, or harmonisation of a melody taken from an existing work (of approximately 2 minutes in standard and/or graphic notation)
- adding an extension to a core harmony
- an analysis of the musical aspects of the performance of others.
In their responses, students synthesise their findings and express their musical ideas in multimodal, oral, and/or written form.
As a set, the three responses should be to the equivalent in multimodal form of a maximum of 15 minutes presented orally, or 2400 words.
For this assessment type, students provide evidence of their learning primarily in relation to the following assessment design criteria:
- understanding music
- creating music
- responding to music.