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  1. Stage 3
  2. Creative Arts
  3. Activities
  4. Music: Exploring Graphic Scores
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Music: Exploring Graphic Scores

Grade Work Samples
End of Stage 3 (end of Year 6)
Grade B Riley  
Grade C Ariel  
Grade D Taylor  
Grade E Bailey  
New Work Samples

Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:


Description of activity

Students work in groups to create a soundscape based on their study of South-East Asian cultures. They experiment with a variety of sound sources and represent their compositions using graphic notation.

Suggested materials

Variety of music from South-East Asia, paper, textas, percussion instruments.

Prior learning

Students have listened to music from South-East Asian cultures and used their voices, instruments and environmental sounds to produce graphic scores. They have experimented with musical concepts, especially dynamics, texture, pitch and tone colour. Students have discussed musical concepts in their own work and the compositions of others. They have experimented with playing instruments softly and gradually adding instruments to create layers in the soundscape.

Board of Studies NSW, K–6 Creative Arts Units of Work, p 91


Organising Sound (MUS3.2)
Improvises, experiments, selects, combines and orders sound using musical concepts.
Organising Sound (MUS3.3)
Notates and discusses own work and the work of others.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their:

  • organisation of musical ideas into a composition
  • exploration of ways varying musical material and environmental sound sources represent South-East Asian culture
  • use of graphic symbols to represent sound and communicate their own musical ideas.
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