Level 3 Music (L3MUS)

What will I learn?

You will be building on skills learned in Level 2 Music, with a greater emphasis on self-responsibility and critical reflection. The main focus of this course will be on performance development on your chosen instrument. In addition to this, you will be able to select further units in research and composition. These choices will reflect your strengths, interests and future musical goals.The majority of music students taking music at Mt Aspiring College are contemporary musicians. The Level 3 course reflects this and prepares students for further performance and study at Tertiary level. Students who have a classical background can select a course from the Standards on offer at Mt Aspiring College and Standards available through The Correspondence School. This course focuses on the exploration of contemporary music through performance, composition, and research. The majority of the course is taught during class but students need to receive specialist instrumental tuition with itinerant tutors or in private lessons. Students will be expected to join music groups outside of class time to further develop their skills.

The Level 3 Music course at Mount Aspiring College supports the school's 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 composition skills and to increase their general understanding of the working of contemporary music. At Level 3 Music, students are encouraged to take on leadership roles within the Music department and further develop their collaborative, self-management and organisational skills.

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?

14 or more credits in Level 2 Music. You must have also have demonstrated the ability to perform at the required standard for Level 3 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 (3.1, 3.2 and 3.3). Extensions will not be given for performance assessments except on medical grounds; a medical certificate will be required

Late work

Work submitted late for internal assessment Standards will not be marked. 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. Remember to follow procedures for assessment as laid down in the Student Handbook for NQF. This is particularly important with regard to missed or late assessment and appeals. You must request an extension prior to the due date if you have a valid reason.

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?

Contemporary and jazz music courses: University of Otago, Christchurch Polytechnic, Massey University and other contemporary based music and performing arts courses. Career in the music industry (radio, recording, advertising, television, performer, sound engineering).

Indicative costs

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