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

Level 1 Music

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms E. Steedman.

Recommended Prior Learning

If you didn't take Y10 Music we love to have more students join our class.  Please see Miss Steedman and she will talk through the standards with you to make sure it is a good option choice for you. 

Year 11 Music is a course which offers plenty of variety and helps students develop a range of future focused skills. 

Music offers a range of rich learning opportunities which provide students with the opportunity to explore their own musical style.  Confidence and working with others are key, along with resilience, perseverance, presentation skills,  creativity, technology, analysis and research.

Four achievement standards will be offered, along with 2 unit standards.  These offer a variety of options which students will select in consultation with HOLA Music.  Most students will complete between 17 to 20 credits.

PRACTICAL - All students will focus on developing their instrumental skills.  This might also be voice!  We have some amazing tutors who are really experienced at enhancing progress!  Everyone will also work in a group.  This might be a band, a duet, a chamber group, a vocal ensemble or cultural group.   Lots of students say this is their favourite aspect. They love seeing how they improve during the year and how the group learns to work together.  Groups usually pick the songs or pieces they work on themselves - it isn't just teacher choice.  A big change in 2024 will be that students select their one best performance rather than having to work on 2 solos and a group performance.  This will give us a lot more flexibility.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY - Students will learn about different types of online music technology.  

MAKING MUSIC - Students will learn more about creating music in a variety of contexts - digital, notation based and acoustic.

MUSIC KNOWLEDGE -  is developed by  looking at the history, context, background and genre of two contrasting pieces.

So do I need to be able to read music?

Students do not need to be able to read music to take this class.  Some students will use notation, others will work with digital or tab notation.

What skills do you learn in Music?

We are always working on developing our instrumental/voice skills.  Learning an instrument teaches you to develop practice skills along with self discipline and confidence.  Working in a performance group teaches you how to work in a team and builds your self confidence when working with others.  Music knowledge extends your research and analytical skills.  Composition extends your creative thinking and lets you express your own musical ideas.  Performing for others develops your resilience and confidence, and allows you to understand your own performance capability in a supportive environment.  

Great preparation for job interviews, driving tests and presentations!

Learning Areas:

The Creative Arts - Music


Level 2 Music

Career Pathways

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


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.