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

Level 2 Music

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms E. Steedman.

Recommended Prior Learning

If you did not take Y11 Music please come and see Miss Steedman so that you can get an idea of what standards would work for you in 12Music.

At this level, students will have the opportunity to start developing an individual programme. 

There are two main pathways:

MAKING MUSIC - a more practical/hands on approach.  Students will work with our tutors on continual develop of an instrument or singing.  They will work in a group, research a NZ Music topic of their choice and develop knowledge of online music technology skills.  Other optional standards might include song writing or a second instrument.  Students following this pathway do not need to read music or work on music theory.  This pathway usually includes 18 - 24 credits.

MUSIC STUDIES - this involves the same performance work as MAKING MUSIC but instead of the music technology focus it includes musical analysis, history/context of different pieces, and traditional composition or instrumentation.  This pathway also includes researching a NZ Music topic.  This pathway usually includes 20 - 29 credits.

Both pathways can be interchangeable and students will select a programme with HOLA Music which works towards their strengths and allows for development as a musician.

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!

Students will develop skills in key areas of creativity, research, working with others and confidence in front of an audience, and must be taking instrumental or vocal lessons through the school itinerant music programme or with an instrumental tutor outside of school.

All students will complete solo and group performance standards, and will have the option to work towards events such as the Chamber Music festival, Rockquest, Pasifica Beats or school events for their group performance assessments. Students will also investigate an aspect of NZ Music in which they are particularly interested.

Learning Areas:

The Creative Arts - Music


Level 3 Music

Career Pathways

Diversional and Recreational Therapist, Sound Technician, Dancer, Entertainer, 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), Musician


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.