Music: Level 1

Qualification - NCEA level 1

Course Overview

Studying Music at secondary level provides ākonga with a broad range of skills that offer progression for specialisation. Students also develop widely transferable capabilities and knowledge, such as self-management, collaboration, and articulation of creative concepts.

In this subject, ākonga can develop confidence in their ability to express themselves creatively and emotionally through making original music and performing to an audience.

Ākonga may be intrigued by original composition and performance due to their favourite musicians, film scores, video game soundtracks, or cultural performance groups. Others may want to understand how music evokes an emotional reaction. Ceremonial practices involving sound may also be of interest to ākonga studying music.

Big Ideas

Music is an expression of, and a way of connecting with, language, identity and culture

Music is a sonic language born of context

Music communicates intent through the organisation of sound

Music is a craft that enables people to construct meaning

Music enables people to experience and express feelings

Topics Covered

Music: Level 1