08 Music Experience

Year 8: 1 Year / The Arts

Australian Curriculum Website:  https://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/f-10-curriculum/the-arts/music/

Pre-Requisite: Year 8 students choosing Heathfield High School’s music program are recommended to have at least one year’s experience on their chosen instrument, the ability to sight read and have a basic understanding of musical theory (Grade 1) is also advantageous.


Music students will be introduced to the elements of music through researching, experimenting and creative arts practice. The students will be able to apply these skills to various types of music making, including digital recording and arranging technologies.

Students will develop an insight into other music cultures and meanings within music and will learn to respond and evaluate musical compositions and performances including their own and their peers.

Students will develop their solo and ensemble performance skills through structured performance opportunities. Music theory involving key signatures, scales, chords, note values, related rests and aural recognition will be covered.

Topics may include

  • music theory
  • solo performance
  • ensemble performance
  • musical history


Students are assessed against the music australian curriculum achievement standards:

  • performance(s)
  • theory test(s)
  • history research assignment
  • music analysis

Additional Information

Students are enrolled in the music program for the full year. Students are required to undertake instrumental music lessons on their chosen instrument. The school can assist by advising on reputable providers of musical instruments. Students learn instruments at school through private arrangements with individual instrumental teachers. The fees and payment for these lessons are made directly to the private providers.

Instrument Hire - quality student instruments may be obtained from the Instrumental Music Service (IMS), or through a local or regional musical instrument provider. The provision of appropriate instruments is the responsibility of parents and students.

It is compulsory for all students to participate in class/school and community performances some outside regular school hours performance dates are given well in advance.


Costs: $20.00 theory book - subject to change in 2020