A portfolio task by which is an arrangement for piano and strings

Inspired by a South African Artwork

Subject Topics
  • Music performance and improvisation
    • Solo and ensemble performance.
    • Skills in improvisation
  • Music literacy
  • Music theory and notation
  • Harmony
  • Composition
  • General music knowledge and analysis
    • Form and structure
    • History
    • Music genres
Requirements
  • The student must have access to his/her instrument, must have passed at least Grade 2 theory and practical from an accredited examination board, and must be receiving private lessons that focus on (at least) Grade 3 theory and practice.
    • Grade 12: Passed Grade 4, busy with Grade 5 to complete at the end of Grade 12 (Practical & theory.)
Prerequisites
  • Private music tuition at own cost
  • Relevant external practical music exams at own cost
  • Entry into Grade 10:
    • Grade 3 practical
    • Grade 2/3 Music Theory
Career Opportunities
  • Musician
  • Teacher
  • Sound engineer

GRADE 10

Music Literacy
  • Scales (Major/Minor/Pentatonic)
  • Intervals (Simple Intervals)
  • Transposition/Transcription
  • Time Signatures (Simple/Compound)
  • Triads
  • Cadences
  • Stock Progressions
  • Four-Part Harmony
General Music Knowledge
  • Any Instrument offered by a recognized examining body like UNISA/ABRSM/TCL.
  • Minimum required standard – Grade 3
Practical
  • Any Instrument offered by a recognized examining body like UNISA/ABRSM/TCL.
  • Minimum required standard – Grade 4

GRADE 11

Music Literacy
  • Scales (Blues/Whole tone/Chromatic)
  • Modes
  • Intervals (Compound intervals
  • Transposition/Transcription
  • Time Signatures (Simple/Compound/Irregular)
  • Four-Part Harmony
  • The Dominant 7th
  • Non-Harmonic Notes
General Music Knowledge
  • Twentieth Century (Impressionism/Expressionism/Neoclassicism/Serialism)
  • Jazz
  • The American Musical
  • The Romantic Period
  • Form Analysis
Practical
  • Any Instrument offered by a recognized examining body like UNISA/ABRSM/TCL.
  • Minimum required standard – Grade 4

GRADE 12

Music Literacy
  • As for Grade 10 and 11
General Music Knowledge
  • The Art Song (Romantic Period)
  • Jazz
  • The American Musical
  • Opera
  • The Classical Symphony
  • South African Urban Music
Practical
  • Any Instrument offered by a recognized examining body like UNISA/ABRSM/TCL.
  • Minimum required standard – Grade 5

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