Level 2 Music (L2MUS)

What will I learn?

You will be building upon skills learned in Level 1 Music in performance, composition, aural skills, and musical knowledge. The majority of Music students at Mt Aspiring College are contemporary musicians. The Level 2 course reflects this and prepares students for performance and study at Tertiary level. This course focuses on the exploration of contemporary music through performance, composition and the study of Music in context. Most of the course is taught during class, however students will need to receive specialist instrumental tuition with itinerant tutors or in private lessons outside of class. Students will also be expected to participate in groups such as vocal group and Jazz band. All students will complete the Solo and Group standards and then can select a course that reflects their skills and interest.

The Level 2 Music course at Mount Aspiring College supports the schools ethos of self-responsibility and gives the student the opportunity to strive for excellence and “Enjoy Success”. Our aim is to provide students with the tools and opportunities to extend their performance and musicianship skills and to increase their general understanding of the working of contemporary music. There will also be a focus on developing organisation and self-management, skills essential for excellence in music.

You will extend your skills on your chosen instrument through weekly itinerant /private lessons and daily practice. During class time you will rehearse with your group, participate in performance workshops and work individually on compositions and/or a research project. There will be regular performance opportunities, both in school and the wider community.

What should I have done already?

16 or more credits in Level 1 Music. You must also have demonstrated the ability to perform at the required standard for Level 2 performance.

Assessment outline

Music encourages students to pursue their individual passions in their coursework. For some, this means expanding into areas other than playing and making music. This allows for further opportunities in assessment for work done. If students want to take these opportunities then they are welcome to do so, however, credits gained beyond 24 will not be allowed to replace credits in other subjects. Students may need to sign a contract to ensure they do not jeopardise their ability to be credited for extra standards taken in Music if they are not fulfilling expected outcomes in other courses.


Assessment regulations


The Achievement Standards offered in this course may not be resubmitted, however a reassessment opportunity may be offered to students who do not achieve the standard on the first attempt. This opportunity will only be offered to students who have shown a reasonable initial effort and who can demonstrate that further learning has occurred since the initial assessment opportunity.

Because of the nature of performance, there will be no opportunity to be reassessed on performance assessments. Extensions will not be given for performance assessments except on medical grounds a medical certificate will be required. It is important to note that student’s marks will not be affected by occasional mistakes due to nerves.

Late work

Work submitted late for internal assessment Standards will not be marked. If there is a genuine reason why the work is unable to be submitted by the due date then an extension can be applied for, this should occur before the due date. Absence from school due to sickness is not normally regarded as an acceptable reason for non-submission of assessed work. Alternate arrangements, electronic or otherwise should be made in this event.

Authenticity and appeals

These issues are dealt with by the college’s assessment procedures. Essentially all work must be your own. You have the right to appeal a grade if you consider you have been treated unfairly. Read your NCEA Student Handbook for details.

Where does this course lead?

Level 3 Music, tertiary study in performing arts or contemporary music, and careers in the music industry (radio, recording, advertising, audio engineering, television, performer, film work).

Indicative costs

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