10 Core Music (Half year course)

Although next year timetables are yet to be finalised, course selection is now finished. Any changes to student courses will now take place in January.

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms V. Le Cren

This Year 10 Core Music half-year course is designed for students with a general interest in Music who want to further develop skills and knowledge gained in Year 9 Music Courses.  It is also appropriate for students wanting to keep up their practical involvement in school music. This course follows on to Year 11 Music.  

Year 10 Core Music prepares the way by building knowledge and competencies through performance, composition, music literacy and exploring cultural and historical contexts of music.  


  • Either Year 9 Option or Year 9 Core Music. 

  • Experience and lessons on an instrument or voice. (Lessons may be accessed privately or through our Itinerant Music Teaching programme at school)

Course Objectives: 

  • To be involved with practical music making through solo and group performances. 

  • To develop musical ideas through music composition. 

  • Understanding music in context, through investigation of a range of music styles, contexts, music literacies, 

Course Content: 

  • Students prepare and perform brief performances using appropriate performance skills and techniques on an instrument/voice of their choice.

  • Students work in groups to create and represent music composition.

  • Introduction to and using Music technology.

  • Understanding music in context through listening, music literacies, and research work. 


  • Students must be prepared to work on improving their performance skills and are expected to have regular lessons on their chosen instrument (includes voice). 

  • You may offer any instrument or voice for performance work. 

  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in a class trip to experience professional music performances (voluntary).

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 9 Core Music and/or Year 9 Music Option


Over the next few years, you will be able to progress to some or all of the following:
Year 11 Music, Year 12 Music (Level 2 NCEA), Year 13 Music (Level 3 NCEA), Scholarship Music

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We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.