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

Level 3 Music

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms E. Steedman.

Recommended Prior Learning

If you did not take Y12 Music please come and see Miss Steedman so that you can get an idea of what standards would work for you in 13Music.

At this level, students will have the opportunity to create 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 also work with a group - and band or ensemble.  Other optional standards might include song writing, a second instrument, technology or a project on an aspect of music which they are interested in.  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 pathway has the same performance standards available as MAKING MUSIC but instead of the music technology focus it includes musical analysis, history/context of different pieces, and traditional composition or arranging.  This pathway also includes researching an aspect of music which they are interested in.  Some students may choose not to have solo performance as their focus on in this option, as they may be more interested in composition or musicology.  This pathway usually includes 18 - 24 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.

Music offers a range of rich learning opportunities which provide students will future focused skills.  Confidence and working with others are key, along with resilience, perseverance, presentation skills,  creativity, technology, analysis and research.


Learning Areas:

The Creative Arts - Music

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, Telecommunications Engineer, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Radio Presenter, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Chemical Production Operator, Photographer


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.