• US 16551

    Demonstrate music performance skills before an audience by extended pieces on a second instrument

    Credits 8

    Elements and performance criteria

    Element 1

    Perform technical skills, as soloist on a second instrument, in keeping with the instrument(s) and music genre through three or four extended pieces of contrasting style.

    Performance criteria

    1.1 Performance displays delivery of the music materials, with accuracy, fluency, and assurance. 

    Range technical skills may include but are not limited to – pitch, rhythm, intonation, dynamics, tone, phrasing, articulation.

    1.2 Performance consistently displays instrumental skills and techniques necessary to perform on the selected instrument(s).

    Element 2

    Perform musicianship skills, as soloist on a second instrument, in keeping with the style of music and composer's intention.

    Performance criteria

    2.1 Performance displays commitment and sensitivity to, and understanding of, context, style, mood, and structure of selected pieces.

    2.2 Performance displays effective interpretation and expression.

    2.3 Performance is supported by the presentation of a portfolio which contains background material on each selected piece, information on the instrument(s) used in the performance, and information on additional repertoire rehearsed in preparation for this performance.

    Element 3

    Perform skills of presentation to, and communication with, an audience.

    Performance criteria

    3.1 Performance convincingly demonstrates a range of presentation skills suited to the genre of the music.

    3.2 Performance convincingly and imaginatively demonstrates ability to communicate musical intent to an audience.

  • Achievement Standard 90527

    Arrange Music

    Credits 4

    1.You are to arrange TWO pieces of music using the selected source material (melody line with chord indications). You are to arrange:

    ·one piece for a purely instrumental ensemble, excluding voice

    ·one piece that involves at least one vocal line.

    2.An arrangement, for this achievement standard, is not a transcription, instrumentation, orchestration or a reduction of a larger score.

    3.Your arrangements will consist of at least three independent parts. An ‘independent part’ is an instrumental or vocal line of music. A piano or keyboard part counts as a single musical line.

    4.You must consider the technical capabilities, ranges and registers of the instruments for which you are writing.

    5.You may wish to consider adding your own material – perhaps an accompaniment, or a counter melody, or descant, harmonic feature, introduction, coda or other modification/addition to, the original form – combining it with the existing material in a manner that shows your own original musical contribution.

    6.Your arrangements must show evidence of character and the ability to combine and structure musical ideas.

    7.Your arrangements must be accurately presented as written scores and must include appropriate performance directions. Computer generated notation and editing must be entirely your own work.

    8.You are to acknowledge on your scores the original source material on which you base each of your arrangements.

    9.For assessment purposes, you must submit:

    ·the completed scores of your two arrangements

    ·the original source material for each arrangement

    ·an audio recording of each arrangement. This may be a recording of real instruments or electronically generated (sequenced).

    10.If improvisation is included in the arrangements, sufficient details must be supplied to give a clear idea of your intentions to the improviser.

    11.All workings and drafts will be available to the teacher for reference, feedback and authentication purposes.

    12.You are to sign an authentication form to state that the arrangements are your own work.

  • Present a portfolio of musical composition

    US 10656

    Demonstrate developed music compositional skills through two or three compositions of substance

    Credits: 8

    Elements and performance criteria

    Element 1

    Compose two or three music pieces of substance.

    Performance criteria

    1.1 Compositions are supported by a portfolio of work showing objectives and processes.

    1.2 Compositions display developed ability to formulate, select, review, and, if required, re-work musical ideas.

    1.3 Compositions display ability to combine, develop, structure and craft musical ideas.

    1.4 Two or three compositions of substance are completed which are relevant and responsive to written portfolio objectives.

    Element 2

    Represent music compositions.

    Performance criteria

    2.1 Representation of compositions is clear, accurate, and in a form which suits genre or style.

    Range representation may be through any of – written musical score, other visual representation, other representational form in keeping with the genre.

    2.2 Compositions are performed by, or under the supervision of, the composer.

  • Group performance

    Achievement Standard 90526, v2(AS3.1)

    Present a performance of a programme of music as a member of a group


    1.You are to present a performance of a programme of music as a member of a group before an audience.

    2.People who are not being assessed may be part of the group for this assessment.

    3.Voice is considered an instrument.

    4.Ideally, a group consists of three - seven members. Where the group consists of only two performers e.g. violin and piano, each individual part needs to be able to satisfy the criteria for assessment.

    5.The performed programme should consist of at least two pieces or movements of a contrasting nature reflecting a fifth year of study through lessons from itinerant teachers. Your teacher will determine an appropriate length and complexity for the performances, which will allow valid assessment to take place at this level.

    6.You must provide the assessors with a copy of the music where appropriate or the audio source.

    7.Your performed programme must show evidence of:

    oMusical understanding refers to awareness of and response to style, interpretative detail, phrasing dynamics, rhythm and feel.

    oEnsemble awareness refers to individual contribution to the cohesive sound of the group including sensitivity to role, the composer’s intention, communication, and an awareness of intonation, blend and balance.

    oTechnical skills refers to techniques specific to the instrument being used for the performance.

    oCommunication skills include the individual’s ability to engage with and respond to other members of the group, appropriate stagecraft and presentation skills.

    8.If you include improvisation as part of your performance, it should be appropriate to the musical style and will be assessed.

    9.Your contribution and response to the group must be audible and assessable and you should be the only person playing your part.

    10.The performed programme will be recorded audio-visually to assist with moderation of assessment.

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  • Achievement Standard 90776(AS 3.7)

    Prepare and present performances of music as a featured soloist

    Credits 8

    This achievement standard involves the presentation of performances of music as a featured soloist, using appropriate techniques to express and communicate the music. The performances will demonstrate an understanding of, and feeling for, idiom, style and genre. Each performance may consist of a number of shorter pieces, or an extended piece.

    You will prepare and present performances of music as a featured soloist and reflect on and evaluate the preparation and delivery of the performances.

    Preparing and Presenting Performances

    You are to present performances of music before an audience. The length and complexity of the performances should be appropriate to this level and to the credit weighting for this achievement standard.

    Each performance may consist of:

    ·A selection of shorter pieces

    ·An extended piece/s (for example, a movement from a sonata, concerto, suite, a substantial piece of contemporary/rock/jazz music).

    You need to prepare well in advance of your performances and you should liaise with your teacher to ensure that you are undertaking an appropriate amount of work. Your performances will demonstrate your ability to use appropriate techniques to express and communicate the music. Your performances will also demonstrate your understanding of, and feeling for, idiom, style and genre.

    If you perform as part of a duo or small group then you must be easily seen and heard, and play a separate or uniquely identifiable part. This part must be individually audible.

    Your performances should demonstrate evidence of musical understanding, technical and communication skills.Edit summary