Year 12 – HSC Topic Selection


Board of Studies NSW

Music 1 HSC Course

Rationale: Students will develop a greater depth of knowledge and understanding of the concepts of music and skills in performance, composition, musicology and aural within the context of a range of styles, periods and genres.

Topics Available for Study

Students will study at least three topics from the following list of 21 topics:

~ An instrument and its repertoire
~ Australian music
~ Baroque music
~ Jazz
~ Medieval music
~ Methods of notating music
~ Music and religion
~ Music and the related arts
~ Music for large ensembles
~ Music for radio, film, television and multimedia
~ Music for small ensembles
~ Music in education
~ Music of a culture
~ Music of the 18th century
~ Music of the 19th century
~ Music of the 20th and 21st centuries
~ Popular music
~ Renaissance music
~ Rock music
~ Technology and its influence on music
~ Theatre music

The topics must be either:

~ Three topics which are different from those studied in the Preliminary course,

or

~ Two topics which are different from those studied in the Preliminary course and one topic from the Preliminary course which shows greater depth of understanding, explores new repertoire and includes a comparative study.

Suggested Aspects for Study

An instrument and its repertoire
• solo instrumental music
• changes to instruments
• vocal/instrumental music with or without accompaniment
• the impact of technology
• the role of improvisation

Australian music
• traditional and contemporary music of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
• art music
• jazz
• forms of popular music
• multicultural influences
• folk music
• the impact of technology
• the role of improvisation

Baroque music
• a style
• the music of a composer
• a genre
• keyboard music
• vocal/choral music
• the suite
• the impact of technology
• the role of improvisation

Jazz
• a style
• music of a group
• a comparison of styles
• music of a solo artist
• music of a composer
• technology in jazz
• the role of improvisation

Medieval music
• sacred music
• secular music
• modality
• instrumental music
• vocal music
• dance and its music
• the role of improvisation

Methods of notating music
• graphic notation
• neumes
• guitar tablature
• jazz chord charts
• rock charts
• the impact of technology
• the role of improvisation

Music and the related arts
• a style across disciplines
• influences on a composer’s music
• a composer’s music for dance
• a cultural context
• installations
• the role of technology
• the role of improvisation

Music and religion
• the music of a religion
• spirituals
• sacred music
• popular music in a religious context
• the role of improvisation

Music for large ensembles
• instrumental music
• choral music
• instrumental/vocal combinations

Music for radio, film, television and multimedia
• a composer
• music in advertising
• theme music
• historical perspectives
• film soundtracks
• music for computer games
• multimedia productions
• the use of technology

Music for small ensembles
• chamber music
• jazz ensembles
• rock/pop groups
• stage band
• vocal ensembles
• world music ensembles
• the role of technology
• the role of improvisation

Music in education
• music in early childhood
• Kodály, Orff etc.
• music and movement
• vocal/instrumental music
• learning and teaching in different cultures
• the role of improvisation
• the role of technology in music education

Music of the 18th century
• a style
• music of a composer
• a genre
• the sonata
• the symphony
• chamber music
• vocal/choral music
• the impact of technology
• the role of improvisation

Music of the 19th century
• a style
• the music of a composer
• a genre
• orchestral music
• concerto
• art song
• choral music
• the impact of technology

Music of the 20th and 21st centuries
• a style
• the music of a composer
• a genre
• popular music
• art music
• the impact of technology
• the role of improvisation

Music of a culture
• traditional and contemporary music
• stylistic features
• notation
• dance and its music
• cultural context
• instruments and their role
• the role of improvisation

Popular music
• a style
• music of a group
• music of a composer
• a solo performer
• technology in popular music
• the role of improvisation

Renaissance music
• vocal music
• instrumental music
• dance and its music
• the role of improvisation

Rock music
• music of a group
• a style
• innovations
• music of a solo performer
• the role of improvisation
• technology in rock music
• world music
• the music of a composer

Technology and its influence on music
• the development of musical technologies within a period
• music of a composer
• computer generated music
• technologies utilised by the music industry
• technologies used in popular music
• the Internet

Theatre music
• opera
• ballet
• musicals
• incidental music
• rock operas
• the work of a composer
• the role of technology

External HSC Examination

For the external HSC examinations students will choose three electives made up of any combination of performance, composition and/or musicology. These three electives must reflect each of the three topics studied in the HSC course.

Information on Syllabus Topics (NSW HSC Online)

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2 Responses to “Year 12 – HSC Topic Selection”

  1. Nikki Coleman Says:

    I am interested in your HSC pages but it says I need the password to access it. How do I get the password? Thanks Nikki

    • mrclare Says:

      Hi Nikki, Thanks for your question. Unfortunately these pages are intended only for my students as they contain sensitive information. I hope you find the other posts and pages interesting, I shall endeavour to add more posts in the near future when I find more time to do so. Cheers, Mr C

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