Year 10 Music

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs P. Robinson.

In Year 10 will be focus on practical tasks such as focusing their listening an understanding of musical elements and structural devices using instruments and technologies.  They will learn the basics of traditional notation as well as being immersed in modern technology that involves loops, creating their own loops, manipulation of sounds using sweep, pan, oscillators, bends etc., using up-to-date computers and software.

Students at Year 10 and encouraged in their endeavours to prepare, rehearse, present and evaluate a range of pieces. Evaluation of your own work and others is foremost at this level for students to think critically about performance, efficient practise, and understanding the nuances of playing certain elements of music to give a convincing performance.

This year an introduction to project learning will cover theory, composition, performing, technology, evaluation.

Course Overview

Term 1
Introduction to Project Learning in group work.
Setting up a P.A. System - US credits available for this.

Term 2
Introduction to theory through Project work as well as flipped learning.
Composing with Soundtrap and Noteflight.
Introduction of a 2nd instrument
Adapt an existing piece of music by changing its feel, style, or underlying harmony by adding other parts.
Prepare and present a performance of the changed music. Evaluate the performance and the effects of
the changes.

Term 3
Sing or play a variety of short, known pieces, both by ear and from notation. Rehearse a selection from the
pieces for performance within the school.
Rehearse a musical work for an ensemble, focusing on co-operation and listening for balance and intonation.
Refine the interpretation by considering such criteria as clarity, fluency, musical effect, and style. Present the
performance and evaluate its effectiveness.
Discuss and describe the use of music in different media over time (e.g., in television themes, radio advertising

Term 4
Listen to a specific form, style, or genre of music (e.g., waiata, folk songs, sea shanties, national anthems) in
both the original and a contemporary style of performance. Describe how the performance conventions in
the music have changed over time. Develop and present a contemporary interpretation of a traditional piece
of music.

Recommended Prior Learning

Level 10 students will be learning their instrument of choice, preferably with an specialist teacher.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Their own or rented instrument. To be prepared to be a member of at least one music group offered at Solway College


Music in the 21st century is exciting and can lead to a number of career pathways. Technology has added to the various layers of how music is composed and performed. As well as teacher, performer, we can now add sound technician, sound engineer ..., the list goes on to the interesting and unique way music offers those who are dedicated to music in this world.