• US 18816 -Demonstrate aural recall skills to an elementary level

    Credits - 3

    Element 1
    Demonstrate aural recall skills through listening to music without complexity:
    1.1 Recall of a rhythmic pattern in simple time without syncopation
    1.2 Recall of a melody in a major key
    1.3 Recall chords I, IV, V and VI in root position in a major key
    1.4 Identify a range of performance directions

    Element 2
    Identify music materials through listening to music without complexity.
    2.1 Identify music materials through listening
  • US 10654 Version 2

    Demonstrate music compositional skills through two short music compositions

    Credits - 6

    This assessment activity consists of TWO elements, both of which must be completed.

    • The assessment task booklet is for you to record your ideas and your creative process. You MUST hand it in with your final compositions. Your written objectives need to be identified and explained in a brief summary.
    • The composition must be ABOUT 60 seconds in duration, excluding the repeats. Please note that there is no trade-off between length and quality.
    • If you include improvisation in your composition, you must supply sufficient detail in the notation to give a clear indication of your intentions, or alternatively you MUST be the performer in the recording. You must perform any improvised passages yourself.
    • Your teacher will give you clear instructions as to when you are to complete this assessment.

    You are to present a portfolio of at least two pieces of music that you have composed. This booklet is for ONE of the compositions. 

    Onecomposition will be composed for a specific purpose; for example, film, television advertisement, a mood piece, opening for a cultural festival, prize giving, religious occasion, wedding, birth, funeral, a marae or hui occasion, a family occasion, or other music setting. 

    [Your second composition will be either a piece for your performance instrument, or a song or waiata (or haka), or a second piece for a specific purpose other than that selected for the first composition.] 

    Your composition may be in any style.

    Your composition may include:

    · Word setting / song writing of your own or others’ text/s. If you use someone else’s text/s you must acknowledge this.

    · Music for solo instrument, with or without accompaniment. Where an accompaniment is added as part of a composition, it will be assessed.

    · Music for a specific purpose. This should be accompanied by a written description that outlines what your creative intentions are. This needs to be approved by your teacher before you begin working.

    · Music for instrumental or vocal ensemble. Some ideas for your ensemble could include:

    - Two, three or four part male, female or mixed vocal group

    - Small jazz ensemble

    - Rock band/group

    - Percussion ensemble

    - Instrumental trio, quartet or quintet

    - Solo voice with selected percussion, woodwind, brass or string instruments

    - Tape loop and acoustic instruments

    - Computer generated / electronic sounds

    - Found or natural sounds

  • Achievement Standard: Music 91091(AS 1.2) - Group Perform

    Demonstrate ensemble skills through performing a piece of music as a member of a group

    Credits: 4

    1.You are to present a performance of music as a member of a group before an audience. Your performance will be completed by the date given to you by your teacher.

    2.The performance will consist of one piece of music to demonstrate your ensemble skills.

    3.Your contribution to the group performance must be clearly heard and seen and you must be the only person playing your part. Ideally a group will have 3-7 players.

    4.You should aim to present a musically satisfying performance.

    5.Your performance should demonstrate evidence of ensemble awareness (that is, your ability to contribute to the cohesion, balance, intonation, ‘feel’, style and accuracy of the group’s performance). At the Merit level you will also perform confidently and consistently as well as be musically responsive to the other players.At the Excellence level you will sustain your skill level throughout the piece and your performance will be assured.

    6.If your performance includes improvisation, this will be assessed according to its appropriateness to the musical style.

    7.Your performance must take place in a suitable location.

    8.Your performance will be judged holistically. This means the assessor will consider the merits and musicality of your whole performance rather than placing too much emphasis on small inaccuracies or minor slip-ups that do not affect the fluency of your performance.

    9.Your teacher will give you guidance on the type, length and complexity of the piece you will perform. Do not begin preparing the music for performance until your teacher confirms that it is appropriate for assessment for this standard.

    10.You should provide your teacher with a copy of the music for your assessment, as either a notated score or an audio recording, so your assessor can monitor accuracy.

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  • Achievement Standard: Music 91090(AS1.1) - Solo Perform

    Perform two pieces of music as a featured soloist

    Credits: 6

    In this activity, you will perform live two pieces of music as a featured soloist. You will perform your solos either on one occasion or on two different occasions – your teacher will give you the performance date or dates.

    1.You should aim to present a musically satisfying performance.

    2.Your performance should demonstrate evidence of technical skills, musicianship and presentation. It must take place in a suitable location before an audience and will be assessed holistically. This means the assessor will consider the merits and musicality of your whole performance rather than placing too much emphasis on small inaccuracies or minor slip-ups that do not affect the fluency of your performance.

    3.If the music you choose for this standard is written for solo instrument with accompaniment, you should make every effort to obtain an accompanist for your performance, in order to provide a complete performance of the music. The accompanist is not being assessed, but you need to make sure that she or he is capable and will not spoil your preparation and effort. You may choose a recorded backing if you cannot obtain a ‘live’ accompaniment.

    4.If the music you select for this standard normally has a rhythm section or instrumental group as an accompaniment, you should make every effort to obtain a small group backing for the performance in order to provide a complete performance of the music.

    5.If you perform as part of a small group then you must be easily seen and heard, have a central or leading role, and play a separate or uniquely identifiable solo part.

    6.You will choose your own instrument or instruments. If you present each performance on a different instrument, you must be equally good on each one. In this standard you are not assessed on versatility.

    7.Your teacher will advise you about the type, length and complexity of the pieces of music you will perform. Do not begin preparing the music for performance until your teacher confirms that it is appropriate for assessment for this standard.

    8.You should provide your teacher with a copy of each piece of music for your assessment, as either a notated score or an audio recording, so your assessor can to monitor accuracy.

    9.If our performance includes improvisation, this will be assessed according to its appropriateness to the musical style.

    Technical skills, musical skills and presentation skills will be assessed. They are defined as follows:

    Technical skills refers to techniques specific to the instrument used for the performance - for example, tuning, bowing, embouchure, breathing, consistency in changing registers, playing techniques, consistency of tone.

    Secure technical skills for Achievement with Merit, refers to techniques that are consistent throughout your performance. For Achievement with Excellence your technical skills will be assured.

    Musical skills refers to the musical awareness and understanding of the musical style(s) you demonstrate through your performance, including phrasing, dynamics, rhythm and feel.For Achievement with Merit you will demonstrate secure understanding of the musical style and at the Excellence level you will demonstrate a clear sense of expressive playing and understanding of the music as you interpret it.

    Presentation skills refer to the sense of performance appropriate to the genre and style of the music, appropriate posture and stagecraft. For Achievement with Merit and Excellence you will perform confidently.