Music Performance


This study develops intellectual, aesthetic and cultural understanding of the value and importance of music in solo and group settings.  As soloists and members of ensembles, students develop skills in preparing short programs of musical works, apply theory and aural elements of music, and utilise their interpretation and analysis skills to create great works of art.

Students wishing to complete any unit of VCE Music Performance are required to undertake ongoing instrumental or voice lessons.  Students are unlikely to achieve success in the subject without them.

Unit 1

This unit focuses on students having the necessary practical and theoretical skills to create a short musical program.  Students present solo and group works, demonstrate the technical skills required to play their instruments, demonstrate good practice and musical exercise routines, demonstrate a sound understanding of Music Theory and develop their aural skills.

Unit 2

This unit continues to focus on the topics covered in Unit 1 with more emphasis being placed on composition.  Students will compose songs for a specific age group of children and will then perform these works for the same demographic.  A short musical program, analysis, theory and aural tasks are also included.

Unit 3

This unit focuses on students preparing good performance skills in anticipation of their final recital.  Students will further their knowledge of music theory with greater emphasis on aural skills.  Analysis of a range of musical genres will also drive the students’ work.

Unit 4

This unit continues to focus on the students’ final recital which is externally assessed and composes 50% of their final mark for the subject.  Students continue to refine their aural and analysis skills in anticipation of the final written exam which equates to 30% of their final mark.  Effective practice skills and techniques are also looked at by the students.

Assessment activities:

  • Prepare and perform a program of group and solo works
  • Demonstrate and discuss techniques relevant to performance
  • Identify, re-create, extend and notate music language components and short phrases, and describe ways elements of music may be interpreted
  • Devise a composition or an improvisation that uses music language
  • End-of-year performance examination and an end-of-year aural and written examination 

Selection advice:

It is strongly suggested that students have successfully completed Year 10 Music or equivalent before embarking on any Unit of VCE Music Performance.  Please note that the performance examination is a key component of assessment for this course.

Links to further pathways:

VCE Music Performance provides an excellent foundation for tertiary pathways in Performing Arts and would also be suitable for students who simply have a keen interest in this subject area.

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