1: Performance: Students must perform a recital, which is a minimum of 8
minutes. It can be one long piece, or several shorter selections. Any
instrument or voice may be used. Recitals will be recorded in one take to be
sent to the board, with no pauses or edits in the recording.
2: Composition: Students must compose either a ‘free’ or a composition to one
of six briefs, of at least 4 minutes duration. They must also compose a
chorale texture in the style of J.S.Bach, at least 1 minute in duration. The
composition must be submitted as a recording with an accompanying score and a
detailed description. Editing may be used in order to best express the
3: Appraisal: Students study 6 Areas of Study, each including 3 set works.
Areas of Study are: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular
Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions. Musical works range from the
Baroque Era to the present. Students must learn to listen to musical detail,
be aware of the cultural and historic context of musical works, and have a
good understanding of musical vocabulary and techniques.
should be good performers, and have a genuine curiosity about a wide range of
music genres. A good knowledge of music theory would be an advantage.