Level 3 Music

Selection for courses will open on September 6th , 2021. In the meantime, visit the Learning Area pages to get indepth information about courses available to you.

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs F. Bell

Music is a university-approved course which offers credits for UE literacy. Students continue can with solo and group performance, but can also make decisions of the make-up of their course and can choose standards that suit their strengths and future career paths (performance music, music studies, music technology). There is a focus on participation in extra-curricular activities and performing in the community. 

To foster musical achievement through the analysis, description, transcription, creation, and performance of music, providing students with a balanced and fulfilling course that will prepare them for tertiary studies and a life-long love of music.

The outcome of this course will be dependent on the standards the student selects. Outcomes could include:
•analyse and describe set works using specific musical terminology
•perform and interpret contrasting pieces of music using appropriate presentation skills
•compose a portfolio of sophisticated pieces of music
•create arrangements from a piano score or fake book
•describe and transcribe more complex rhythms, melodies and chord progressions
•identify, describe and analyse musical scores in depth

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 12 Music (NCEA Level 2)


1 x 1B5 Exercise book
2B pencil/ eraser/ruler
$30 per term hireage fee for woodwind, brass or string instruments (where applicable)
Students must be enrolled in instrumental/vocal lessons either at the college ($60 per term) or out of school.


Students who study Music, whether performance, composition or music studies, not only have well developed technical skills and knowledge but also unique transferable skills that are sought by employers. These include the ability to closely analyse, critique their own and others’ work, manage events, manage complex projects, and present and perform confidently.

Pathway Tags

Music is not only a path to a career as a musician, but to many other careers; - Arts administrator/arts management (includes grant writing and fundraising, managing events, arts advocacy, programming, house manager) - Audio production (editing, audio engineering, audio development Composer (professional and school band/orchestra; film/TV/gaming; educational publishing; children’s music; religious music; musical theatre; commercials) - Educator - Electronic production and design (including audio engineering, mastering, mixing, music directing, producing, program directing, recording engineer, studio manager, MIDI technician) - Entertainment lawyer - Event production - Instrument repair and restoration - Lyricist - Marketing - Media development - Music app developer - Music critic, reviewer, blogger - Music publishing (online and print writing, copywriting, editing, managing, proofreading, publishing, researching) - Music therapist - Music web producer - Musicologist, Music: - Promoter - Stage Manager - Events Manager - Singer/Musician - Art Director (Film/Television/Stage) - Artistic Director - Director (Film/Television/Radio/Stage) - Entertainer - Film and Video Editor - Film/Television Camera Operator - Light Technician - Media Producer - Musician - Production Assistant (Film/Television/Radio/Stage) - Radio Presenter - Sound Technician - Television Presenter - Primary School Teacher - Private Teacher/Tutor - Tertiary Lecturer - Diversional Therapist - Music Teacher - Sound engineer - Radio Announcer, Diversional Therapist, Actor, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artistic Director, Film and Video Editor, Sound Technician, Dancer, Entertainer, Film/Television Camera Operator, Musician, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Radio Presenter, Early Childhood Teacher, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Lighting Technician, Game Developer, Model, Nanny/Child Carer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Television Presenter, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage),

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