Year 10 Music

Subject Description

Year 10 Music offers plenty of variety and more choices than Y9 Music.

This focus of the year is to build on your instrumental skills, explore different ways to create/write music and to learn to work in a musical group.  While you are doing this you will learn more about how music is structured and what music notation is all about.

It is the perfect course for students who enjoy a mixture of practical, creative and theoretical components!

A big change from Year 9 Music is that in Year 10 you get to focus on your own instrument and your own style.  In Y9 Music everyone learnt guitar but in Y10 Music you get to choose from a wide range of instruments.  Our SMC Music teachers help you learn skills on your instruments and also help get the groups going. You might also be taking music lessons outside of school and be able to use the skills you are learning in class.

Groups might be a band, instrumental ensemble with strings, piano or other instruments, a guitar ensemble or a vocal ensemble.  It is really fun creating music together!

We also build on the things you learnt about creating your own music. You will learn about the lyric/song writing, and how to use other music composing software. You’ll be learning more about your own musical style. During the year you will learn how to create digital music (this might be movie music), a bit about songwriting and how to use music notation software to create written music.  You also get to explore your creativity  - confidence in your own creative thinking is a vital skill for all career pathways (not just for musicians!)

Along with the practical parts of the course, you will learn about music literacy and theory (you don’t need to be an expert already), more about chords and harmony and you will also learn about different instruments and musical genres.

Year 10 Music forms the basis for NCEA Level 1 Music, and students will begin work towards AS91091 Solo Performance, AS91092 Group Performance and AS91092 Composition. 

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry


The skills developed in Music are future focused. Creativity, confidence, team work, critical thinking, research, performing and presenting.


All subject selections are provisional only and are subject to:

  • meeting any course entry requirements
  • minimum class sizes
  • the availability of teaching staff

and the final decision is at the discretion of the Head of Learning Area for that subject.

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