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Music is an expression of human experience and has a universal place in every culture across the globe and throughout history. Studying music provides the basis for significant lifelong engagement and enjoyment and fosters understanding and respect for all music and music practices across different times, places, cultures and contexts.

The Music ATAR course encourages students to explore a range of musical experiences through a choice of different musical contexts. The course consists of a written component and a practical component, incorporating the following content areas: Aural and theory, Composition and arrangement, Cultural and historical analysis, and Performance. Students can choose to perform on voice or instrument and/or submit a composition portfolio to fulfill the requirements of the practical component.

Across two units, students extend and apply their skills, knowledge and understanding of music to create, communicate and evaluate music ideas with increasing depth and complexity. They continue to develop and consolidate aural and music literacy skills, learning how the elements of music can be applied, combined and manipulated when listening, performing, composing and analyzing music.

Students are encouraged to reach their creative and expressive potential, developing skills and stylistic awareness to confidently engage in music making as performers and audience members, both individually and collaboratively.


Music – Year 11 

Prerequisites: It is desirable that students have studied Music during Year 8 to 10, or have an equivalent music theory and performance accreditation.

Unit 1 (Symphony) & 2 (Chamber Music) – Western Art Music

Students explore how social, cultural and historical factors shape music, developing an understanding of music conventions and practices in Symphonies and Chamber Music. They apply critical listening and thinking skills and develop aesthetic understanding through comparing and analyzing musical works.


Music – Year 12

Prerequisites: It is desirable that students have studied Music during Year 8 to 10 and successfully completed Year 11 Music, or have an equivalent music achievement level. 

Year 12 Music – Unit 3 (Concerto) & 4 (Symphony) – Western Art Music

Western Art Music involves the study of the European tradition of art music and its development over time. Students extend their understanding of how social, cultural and historical factors shape music through the study of Symphonies and Concertos. They apply critical listening and thinking skills and develop aesthetic understanding through comparing and analyzing musical works with increasing complexity.