Year 10 Music

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs F. Bell

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 9 Music and have an interest in learning more about music and playing instruments. 

Music in Year 10 is a full year option subject. 

Students that choose to take Music in year 10 take an itinerant music lessons once a week. We also do lots of group performance, understanding the Elements of Music and group song-writing and recording. Students continue to work with computer compositions and to learn to read music. They also learn some music history, including Nga Taonga Pūoro. 

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.

On completion of this course students should be able to:

•Read and perform music (both in solo and ensemble situations)
•Compose simple pieces of music
•Describe and transcribe simple rhythms, melodies and chord progressions
•Identify, describe and analyse simple musical scores

This course is modelled on NCEA Level 1 Music and uses similar assessment formats to NCEA in order to prepare students for NCEA Music.

Learning Areas:

Performing Arts


Level 1 Music

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.


$30 Hireage per term 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.

School trips are offered throughout the year and often relate to the course material.

This course could lead to Year 11 Music (NCEA Level 1) and possibly to tertiary study and/or one of these
career options in the future (others are also possible): Music education; Composer; Performer; Conductor; Music for radio/television/film; Audio Engineer/Recording industry; Instrument technician; Musical director.

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

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