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Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10)

Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) 

Music of a Culture 

Dance Music – focus on American dance forms

American Social Dancing in the 20th Century

  • Ragtime – eg. foxtrot, grizzly bear dance, castle
  • Swing – big band – Stormy Weather
  • Lindy hop & Jitterbug

Score reading – music concepts

  • American Patrol & Sing Sing Sing

Country Dance Music

  • Maypole dance & Morris dance
  • Square dance

Notation – Intervals and Interval aural recognition

  • Rhythm recognition in compound time

Disco – what styles are housed in this modern form of dance?

  • Funk, Soul, Pop & Salsa
  • Electronic Dance Music

Preparation for Viva Voce/Aural Assessment – 10%

  • Students present information on an artist and a piece of music

Performance on an instrument (or voice) 15%

  • Students present an American song wherever possible

Focus on dance music of Latin America

  • Samba & Bossa Nova

Classical Music – Form in Music

Music's classic hits – baroque & classical periods

  • Toccata and Fugue in D minor – JS Bach
  • Minor melodies
  • Spring from The Four Seasons – Vivaldi - Ritornello Form and basso continuo
  • Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah – Handel - oratorio
  • Score reading for all these pieces
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Mozart - Sonata Form
  • Symphony 94, Surprise – Haydn – 2nd mvt – theme and variations

Composition tasks to develop melodic writing and chordal or arpeggio accompaniment.

  • Practise writing in major scales and learn about alberti bass
  • Exercises in arranging for various instruments

Performance to be classical, baroque or modern piece

Music and Technology 

Music Notation

  • Rhythm dictation - duration, time signatures
  • Notation - names and values, position for pitch on the treble clef – rests – how time signatures relate to the notation tree – key signatures, scales, intervals and chords
  • Writing chordal accompaniments for piano and guitar - close harmony, triad positions
  • Notes of the bass clef- writing for the bass
  • Perform chord vamps, arpeggios and bass lines
  • Time signatures, duration and tempo – aural recognition
  • Rhythm and the drumkit – score-reading, performance and aural recognition
  • Pentatonic scale – preparation for composition

Poplular Music 1950s-1990s

  • Rock songs history from early rock ‘n' roll till now – song-form, style and lyric studies - chord patterns and bass-lines
  • Indigenous Australian Rock – studying protest songs and land-rights songs
  • Non-indigenous Australian songs - Analyse and discuss music concepts

Music for Large Ensembles

A Study of the Musical

  • The Musical – a background and history
  • Grease - the story and the songs - concepts of music; analysis of form, chord progression, riffs
  • Writing a short musical:
  • Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat - the story and the songs – concepts of music, analysis of form etc.
  • The Lion King – the story and the songs –voice types and instrumentation, tone colour and performing media
  • Intervals – studying intervals in different keys and in different settings – dissonance and consonance - aural

Music for Small Ensembles

Australian Ensemble Art Music

  • Ross Edwards – Ecstatic Dance for 2 violins, Prelude and Dragonfly Dance for percussion quartet
  • Elena Kats-Chernin – Russian Rag for string quartet and small ensemble
  • Performing an Australian Song



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