Music 2


Music 2 is one of 3 Stage 6 music courses. The syllabus intends to develop the knowledge and skills of students who are interested in pursuing employment in the classical and professional music industry and tertiary institutions through the study of the social, cultural and societal impacts, functions and contributions of music around the world. Designed to build on the learning in the mandatory 7-10 course, students in music 2 are encouraged to have completed an elective music course and be involved in after-school music activities. Students should also have a particular interest in Western art music. An acceptable level of understanding in notation is expected prior to commencing the course.

Music 2 students will build on their prior knowledge of the concepts of music through the learning experiences of performance, composition, musicology and aural to manipulate and understand the concepts of music in varying musical contexts.

HSC - resources

Music of the last 25 years

This resource explores the fourth movement of Australian composer Jim Coyle’s ‘Death in Sidmouth’ titled ‘November’ with text by English poet Thomas Hood. Compositional features used within the work including atonality, string techniques, modes, dissonance, rhythmic ostinatos and angular melodic writing, form the basis of the classroom activities contained within the unit. This resource contains a full listening guide according to the concepts of music, learning activites, classroom arrangements of the work, extension activites and literacy tasks.

Scope and sequence

This sample scope and sequence (DOCX 55.2KB) has been provided to assist teachers in planning and structuring their Stage 6 music 2 programs and units of work.

Further information

BBC music is an interactive site including music radio and television programs on demand.

Big ears is an online aural drill for practising interval recognition. Suitable for Stages 4 to 6.

Glencoe online contains five interactive music projects with background information, worksheets, composition activities and links. Covers a range of styles including hip-hop and west African drumming. Uses streaming audio. Suitable for Stages 4 to 6.

Finale notepad is a free download which provides an easy introduction to computer music notation. A simpler version of the full Finale program, it is available for Windows and Macintosh. Finale is easy to use – notes are dragged and dropped onto the staff, lyrics can be added, the music can be played back, printed and saved. Suitable for Stages 3 to 6.

Learning from home resources

Student guided online learning sequences to support learning from home or in the classroom

Stage 6 music projects

This online resource contains a self-guided project and two units of work on Baroque rocks and the Australian composition Eliza Aria. Baroque rocks allows Music 1 or Music 2 students to complete a group or individual project on Baroque music that could take from 2-4 weeks. Eliza Aria allows Music 1 or Music 2 students to complete online work for the topic of Australian Music or for Music 2 mandatory topic Music of the Last 25 years (Australian focus). This also could take 2-4 weeks to complete. An Eliza Aria Answers (DOCX 70.91KB) is an accompanying teacher resources that provides answers to various questions asked in this unit. The final module is a self-guided project for students undertaking the Music 1 Stage 6 syllabus topic of An instrument and its repertoire.

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Music 1 page contains the syllabus and helpful materials including a sample assessment schedule, HSC advice, specimen exams, HSC marking guidelines, standards materials, past papers additional support information.

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