Year 10 Music

Do you enjoy Music?   The following subjects are for those interested in creating, making, playing, practising, researching and performing music. Students choose subjects in Music if they want to learn new techniques and practise their skills.  At Year 10 you can choose either Music Performance or Song Writing and Sound Design.

Music Performance

~Perform every week in class either as a soloist or in a duo, trio or quartet

~Record all performances for reflection and learning

~Perform a ten minute recital at the conclusion of the semester

~Perform a song/piece in a class ensemble at Music Festival

~Identify and understand symbols, patterns and concepts used in music

~Theory: Rhythms, pitch, tonality, scales and chords

~Aural: rhythmic and melodic transcription

~Research the idea of ‘deliberate practice’ and do an experiment using the findings

~Investigate the history, mechanics/anatomy of your instrument or the singing voice

~Listen to and explore the elements of music in a variety of songs and pieces

~Compose a short work using rhythm and scales as the stimulus

A Student’s Perspective

I have always been very nervous about performing music in front of people, and the Year 10 Music Performance course has really helped me to overcome my nerves and be more confident when performing. I only started playing the drums this year and had never performed for other people before. This course put me outside of my comfort zone and allowed to me to gain experience in performing. The supportive environment provided by my classmates has made Music Performance even more enjoyable and has allowed me to get even more out of it. I would strongly recommend that anyone interested in music and enhancing their performance skills do Music Performance in Year 10.

Grace Munro  2017


 Subject Pathways:

  • VCE Music Performance
  • Sing/Play Music for your own enjoyment and fulfilment
  • Sing/Play for your family and friends
  • Sing/Play at church
  • Sing/Play in a community orchestra/band/choir
  • Enhance your appreciation for music – concerts, recordings

Career Pathways:

  • Performer
  • Conductor
  • Song Writer
  • Video Game Scorer
  • Film Sound Track Composer
  • App Music Creator
  • Mobile Phone Ring Tone Composer
  • Sound Designer
  • Freelance Song Writer
  • Jingle Writer (Radio, TV and Other Media)
  • Music Producer
  • Lyricist
  • Composer
  • Band member
  • Session musician
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Supervisor

For Career information and training options see the below link.​


Listen to Yr 10 Performance

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to have private music lessons?

Although it is not obligatory to have private music lessons with an instrumental/singing teacher, it is extremely beneficial for your progress.

Do I have to perform each week?

Not necessarily, but it is best to try to perform weekly. Regular performance is the best way for you to improve your confidence and musicality.

Can I sing/play with someone else?

Yes. Sharing your passion for music with others, and spending time together collaborating on a song or piece to perform, is a great way to improve your confidence and ensemble.

Do I need to have done year 9 Music?



Songwriting and Sound Design

~Study the processes involved in writing lyrics and music for original songs

~Understand songwriting fundamentals including: lyric techniques of rhyme, metre & story and melodic & harmonic techniques of songwriting,

~Identify & describe devices of structure, modulation & common forms,

~Recognise songwriting techniques through critical listening

~Study the processes used to develop and create sound designs for film, television, games and animation.

~Identify the roles that dialogue, atmosphere, sound effects and music play in successful sound designs.

~Explore how sound is used to communicate emotive and narrative information.

~Understand how sound is used in collaborative multi sensory environments.


A Student’s Perspective

Year 10 Song writing would probably be the highlight of my schooling here at Avila. I’ve been so lucky to be given the opportunity of performing my own original piece in front of many audiences multiple times. All because of song writing class! The feeling of someone coming up to you and telling you how much your song means to them, can’t be compared. I am so honoured to be able to share a part of me through song. Music can be so influential and special. So, if you’re a bit like me and find it easier to express yourself through writing and you love music, then consider taking song writing in year 10!

Nicole Lee 2015

Listen to this recording at Creative Arts – Peter Pan 2015


Listen to previous recordings – Year 10 Songwriting

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to play an instrument and/or sing?

Not necessarily but it helps. You can ask another singer to sing your song and use sequencing and looping apps to create your accompaniment or instrumental track.

What do I do in the lessons?

A concept – music theory, creative writing, technology applications is explored together, then practical/creative time, for production, is the remainder of the lesson.

Can I work with someone else?

After some initial individual work, collaboration is highly encouraged. You can create in pairs or in a small group.

Do I need to have done Year 9 Music?


Career Pathways:

If you enjoy Music and are interested in exploring occupations and training visit the link below.

  • Performer Band member
  • Singer
  • Keyboardist
  • Guitarist
  • Session artist
  • Freelance Songwriter
  • Jingle Writer (Radio, TV and Other Media)
  • Music Producer
  • Lyricist Composer
  • Music Supervisor


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