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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Stage 2
  2. Creative Arts
  3. Activities
  4. Music: Composing for performance
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Music: Composing for performance

Grade Work Samples
End of Stage 2 (end of Year 4)
Grade B Casey   Bailey  
Grade C Kerry   Jessie  

Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:


Description of activity

Students work in small groups to compose and perform a piece of music using a simple form and the pentatonic scale. They represent their composition using a simple form of notation.

Suggested materials

Paper, pencils/textas, instruments

Prior learning

Students have been working with solfa using hand signs and simple rhythms using French time names. They have learnt about various musical concepts including beat, pitch, duration, dynamics and structure. Students have experimented with body percussion and non-melodic instruments, and discussed how to relate concepts or images to sounds and symbols. They have read rhythms in traditional notation and sung a variety of repertoire including songs in unison, rounds and simple part songs. The repertoire has been used to reinforce the musical concepts.


Organising Sound (MUS2.2)
Improvises musical phrases, organises sound and explains reasons for choice.
Organising Sound (MUS2.3)
Uses commonly understood symbols to represent own work.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their:

  • use of the pentatonic scale
  • understanding of structure
  • use of a symbol system to show notation
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