St Mary’s College (Wellington) St Mary’s College (Wellington)

Year 10 Music

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms E. Steedman.

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry

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

It is the perfect course for students who enjoy a mixture of practical, being creative, technology and different musical styles!  

Y9 Music didn't have much choice involved (everyone did guitar) but now you get to work in a music group (band, ensemble, vocal group for example) and you get to pick the music you work on.  Our tutors help you do this and also support you to learn an instrument during the year (which you also get to pick!).  Y10 Music students also qualify for singing and piano lessons!

This focus of the year is also to build on your knowledge of music and explore different ways to create/write music.  While you are doing this you will learn more about how music is structured and the elements of different genres.  The new NCEA standards mean that Music is now more future focused and flexible giving student input into what styles of music they are learning to play and create.  We learn to use different technology (Bandlab, Garageband and Musescore) to create film music or pieces for your group to play.

It is the perfect course for students who enjoy a mixture of practical, being creative, technology and different musical styles!

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 (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.  The first drafts of the NCEA Change for Music look really interesting and exciting.  They allow students to assess in a way they are comfortable and bring the focus back on learning rather than assessment.

Learning Areas:

The Creative Arts - Music


Level 1 Music

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

Career Pathways

Diversional and Recreational Therapist, Sound Technician, Dancer, Entertainer, Musician, Early Childhood Teacher, Lighting Technician, Game Developer, Model, Nanny/Child Carer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Animator/Digital Artist, Actor, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artistic Director, Film and Video Editor, Meat/Seafood Process Worker, Film/Television Camera Operator, Chemical Production Operator, Civil Engineer, Telecommunications Engineer, Industrial Designer, Quantity Surveyor, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Radio Presenter, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)


All subject selections are provisional only and are subject to:

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