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7–10Music 7–10 Syllabus

Record of changes
Implementation in 2026


Stage 5

Music in practice
  • Sing demonstrating melodic and harmonic awareness

  • Rehearse solo and ensemble repertoire to develop vocal and/or instrumental technical and expressive skill

  • Perform music in a range of styles to communicate musical ideas, including own compositions

  • Perform from a range of musical scores

  • Apply knowledge of musical terminology to rehearse, refine and perform

  • Demonstrate technical and expressive control to enhance the communication of musical ideas

  • Explore different ways of communicating with ensemble members and demonstrate awareness of role, function and balance

  • Improvise to develop and extend musical ideas

  • Experiment with and use technology to develop, manipulate, record and mix performances

  • Develop a sense of personal style through experimentation

  • Experiment with performance spaces, set-ups and production elements to demonstrate understanding of how staging affects the communication of musical ideas

  • Demonstrate safe vocal and instrumental practices including correct warm-up, posture and technique

  • Evaluate own performances to target and develop vocal and/or instrumental technique

Music in context
  • Interpret music representing a range of genres and styles

  • Apply knowledge of conventions and practices of a period, genre or style

  • Apply performance skills and take creative risks to strengthen musical intent and influence audience response

  • Evaluate own performances and reflect on the success of communicating musical ideas and intent

  • Perform with understanding of composer and audience perspectives and the purpose of a performance

  • Apply the protocols and responsibilities of working safely and respectfully with others

  • Apply knowledge of Cultural significance and respectful protocols in performing music created or inspired by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

  • Apply protocols related to information, identity and copyright when performing, commenting on performances or sharing recordings on public or private forums

Elements of music
  • Manipulate and combine the elements of music when improvising and performing to communicate musical ideas and meaning

  • Analyse and discuss the elements of music in the performance of repertoire

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