WHAT IS MUSIC, THE SUBJECT?
Music is the art of organising sounds and silence, expressing intellectual, emotional and spiritual aspects of human experience. Music is an art form that can be combined with other forms and is often enhanced by technology. It can communicate a broad range of historical, cultural and socioeconomic ideas and issues. Music has the power to unit groups and to mobilize community involvement for the improvement of quality of life, social healing, and affirmation of human dignity.
Through Grade 10-12 Music, learners will develop:
- technical control over one or more music instrument(s) or the voice
- performance skills by way of performing a wide variety of musical works, in solo and group (ensemble) context, ranging from Western art music and jazz to indigenous African music (IAM)
- ability to read music notation(s)
- creativity through improvisation and working with own music ideas
- understanding of existing works of music regarding compositional techniques used, application of musical elements in existing musical works and placing these in a specific historical and cultural context
- awareness of various musical traditions; and
- appreciation for various styles of music.
INSTRUMENTS THAT MAY BE OFFERED:
- keyboard instruments
- orchestral instruments
- drum kit
[Instruments must be taught through private tuition.]
- Musical performance and improvisation
- Development of skills in solo and ensemble performance
- Development of skills in improvisation
- Music literacy
- Music theory and notation
- Aural awareness of theory
- Harmony and knowledge of music terminology
- General music knowledge and analysis
- Form and structure
- History of Western art music or jazz or indigenous African music and their composers or performers
- Music genres
- South African music industry.
Learners’ progress is assessed throughout the term by a combination of written and practical tasks. Performance assessment tasks will be conducted across terms 1-3 and tests and examinations will be written at the designated times to assess the theoretical understanding of what has been learnt.
- Analytical Skills
The syllabus requires one to be able to visualise, articulate, conceptualise or solve both complex and uncomplicated content. Although most of the skills required to do so will be developed through the subject, learners need to have a proficient ability to engage in analysis.
The learner will need to be an individual who will exercise self- discipline and manage her time effectively to produce good results in the subject. Consistency with regards to sustained practice on their chosen instrument will be required.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY - GRADE 10
Theory: An equivalent of Trinity Grade 5 or UNISA Grade 4
Practical: An equivalent of Trinity Grade 6 or UNISA Grade 6 or Royal Schools Grade 6 (*This level may be obtained within the grade 10 year.)
Candidates who qualify will be registered for Music in the NSC Examinations in Grade 10.
- BA (Music) or BMus or Diploma in Music
- Specialise as a composer or producer or performing artist
- Music teacher
- Music therapy
- Music business
- Film music writer
- Studio session artist
- Music director