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VCE Performing Arts

Music Performance Unit 3


Satisfactory completion of Music Performance Units 1 and 2. Alternatively, before enrolling, students need to demonstrate that they have a successful history of music performance and practice, a solid grounding in music theory and aural comprehension skills. It is recommended that students have achieved a Grade 6 AMEB or Trinity grade level (minimum) and a pass in Grade 4 Theory of Music before enrolling in this subject.

Course Description

This subject is for students who wish to develop their music performance skills as a part of their VCE program. This unit prepares students to present convincing performances of group and solo works. Students select a program of group and solo works representing a range of styles and diversity of character for performance. They develop instrumental techniques that enable them to interpret the works and expressively shape their performances. They also develop an understanding of performance conventions they can use to enhance their performances. Students develop skills in aural perception and comprehension, transcription, music theory and analysis.

Essential Questions

  • What are the differences in my role as a soloist as compared with a member of a group?
  • What technical work will best help me strengthen my weaknesses in playing or singing?
  • What is the widest range of styles and characters in music I can perform to show my versatility as a performer?
  • How can I improve my skills to recognise, write about and transcribe music previously unheard?

Areas of Study


  • Preparation of a solo recital program of 10-15 minutes in length, participation in a Carey ensemble or other approved ensemble.
  • Select a program of contrasting solo works from a VCAA prescribed list that demonstrates a range of music styles, diversity of character and a range of technical, stylistic and interpretative demands.
  • Rehearse effective ensemble performance skills through rehearsal with an accompanist for the solo recital (where appropriate) and other musicians in a Carey ensemble or an external ensemble approved by the class teacher.
  • Research, develop and perform relevant stylistic characteristics, performance techniques and performance conventions.

Preparing for Performance

  • Select a range of technical work and exercises to extend and improve command of instrumental and performance techniques.

Music Language

  • Develop music theory knowledge and skills in aural comprehension and analysis. 
  • Identify, recognise, notate and transcribe short music excerpts, as well as re-create short sections of music by singing, humming and/or playing.
  • Analyse previously unheard works composed post 1980 by Australian artists and composers as well as works by composers working in other times and locations.


School-assessed Coursework for Unit 3 will contribute 20 per cent to the study score.

Outcomes Assessment Tasks Marks Allocated
(school-assessed coursework)

Unit 3 recital (10-15 mins).
Regular rehearsals and performance with a Carey ensemble (or other approved group).

Preparing for Performance

Technical SAC Unit 3 performance of exercises.

Multimedia or oral component explaining the presentation.




Music Language  Semester 1 test on theory, aural, analysis and practical musicianship.



Total Marks 100

Overall Final Assessment

Graded Assessment Title Assessment Exam Duration Contribution to Study Score (%)
1 Unit 3 and 4 Coursework School-assessed   30
2 Performance examination October 25 50
3 Aural and Written Examination November 1.5 hours 20


Reproduced by permission of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Victoria, Australia: