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MUSIC

 
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MR LLOYD GRANT

Music 1 Course Description

This course provides students with the opportunity to study the concepts of music through the learning experiences of performance, composition, musicology and aural within the context of a range of styles, periods and genres. All students studying the course nominate three electives made up of any combination of performance, composition and/or musicology which reflect the three topics studied in the HSC course. Every student across the state, however, must complete one performance piece from any of the three topics studied and this is known as their Core Performance piece.

Each of the students in this class studied three topics including:

- An Instrument and its Repertoire

- Music for Small Ensembles

- Music for Radio, Film, Television and Multimedia


Performance Information

Students can choose to perform the piece unaccompanied or with accompanists or backing tracks. This year, due to COVID requirements, each student did not perform their repertoire for HSC markers. Due to the state-wide lockdown, students recorded their works they wished to submit for their HSC in their own homes. These works were then marked and results submitted to NESA, as part of a COVID Special Considerations Program, initiated by NESA. The students worked extremely hard to adapt their repertoire to satisfy these requirements, using backing tracks where available and in some cases, purchased necessary equipment to enhance their recordings for submission.

The performance clips featured here are the students' submissions, recorded in their homes.


Composition Information

One student chose to compose a piece of Music as one of their electives. Students studied music written for small ensembles and gained inspiration from the manner in which the musical concepts interact with each other within the context of an ensemble work. The student utilised a music notation software called 'Musescore' and the recording of this composition was produced from this software. 

 

STUDENTS

HANNAH HOVING

JORDAN MOTTERSHEAD

MIKAELA SULLIVAN

 
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HANNAH HOVING

CORE Performance: ‘She’s Always a Woman’

Composer: Billy Joel

Topic: Music for Radio, Film, Television and Multimedia

'She's Always a Woman' is a solo single from 1977, still being played on the radio today. Originally sung and played by Billy Joel, my version features my vocals and Mr Grant on piano.


ELECTIVE #1 Performance: ‘Isn't She Lovely'

Composer: Stevie Wonder 

Topic: Instrument and its Repertoire

Isn’t She Lovely is originally an ensemble piece with lead vocals and a large instrumental section. My version is a solo guitar rendition with solo phrases that follow the original chord progression, making the piece relevant to the topic of Instrument and its repertoire.


ELECTIVE #2 Performance: 'Only the Good Die Young' 

Composer: Billy Joel
Topic: Music for Small Ensembles

‘Only the Good Die Young’ is an ensemble piece and single by Billy Joel, with lead vocals and a modified rock ensemble with trumpet. My rendition features my lead vocals and the original accompaniment in the form of a backing track.


ELECTIVE #3 Performance: "The Power of Love" 

Composer: Huey Lewis and the News

Topic: Music for Radio, Film, Television and Multimedia

The Power of Love is best known for its presence in the "Back to the Future'' trilogy. Originally written for the first film, it's use of 80s synth sounds and electric guitar make this piece a solid rock staple. My performance features the original ensemble instruments, with me playing electric guitar for both lead and rhythm roles where necessary.

 
 
 
 
 
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JORDAN MOTTERSHEAD

CORE Performance: Prelude

Composer: Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Topic: Instrument and its Repertoire

Prelude meets the criteria of the topic 'instrument and its repertoire' as it is from a book of trumpet pieces. The piece is part of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Te Deum setting.


ELECTIVE #1 Performance: Serenade for tomorrow, 

Composer:

Topic: Instrument and its Repertoire

This piece meets the criteria of 'instrument and its repertoire' as it is from a book of trumpet pieces, and was written for trumpet.


ELECTIVE #2 Composition: String Serenade

Composer: Jordan Mottershead
Topic: Music for Small Ensembles

My composition meets the criteria for 'small ensembles' as it is written for a string quartet (consisting of Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass, making it a small ensemble.


ELECTIVE #3 Performance: Stars

Composer:

Topic: Music for Radio, Film, Television and Multimedia

This piece meets the criteria for 'music for film, radio, television and multimedia' as it is from the 2012 movie Les Miserables.

 
 
 
 
 
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MIKAELA SULLIVAN

CORE Performance: Here, There and Everywhere

Composer:
Topic: Music for Film, Radio, Television and Multimedia


ELECTIVE #1 Performance: Song Without Words, Op. 102, No. 4

Composer:

Topic: Instrument and its Repertoire


ELECTIVE #2 Performance: Laurentide Waltz

Composer:
Topic: Music for Small Ensembles


ELECTIVE #3 Performance: Pine Apple Rag

Composer:

Topic: Music for Radio, Film, Television and Multimedia