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The Music curriculum is structured around four interdependent strands, each of which involves making and responding.

StrandExplore and Express IdeasMusic PracticesPresent and PerformRespond and Interpret
 Focuses on exploring sound and silence and ways of using voice, body percussion, instruments and technologies to develop and express ideas. Students use listening skills and imagination to develop ideas in response to stimuli such as music they have listened to, observations, feelings, experiences and research. They
explore ways of using and manipulating and the elements of music and compositional

Focuses on developing knowledge and understanding of skills, techniques and
processes for listening, composing and performing music from diverse cultures, times and locations. Students listen with intent, sing, play instruments and use notation and technologies to interpret, improvise, compose and document music.They practise and refine listening, technical and expressive skills as individuals and in ensembles and refine their work in response to feedback.

Focuses on planning, rehearsing and refining performances to communicate ideas and intentions to an audience. Students use voice, instruments, technologies and performance and expressive skills and techniques to perform solo and ensemble music.

Focuses on reflecting, questioning, analysing and evaluating as listeners, composers and performers. Students use listening skills to discriminate, identify and describe qualities of sound and features of music. They interpret and analyse music from diverse cultures, times and locations and explore how contexts inform music and music making and how music connects with other art forms and disciplines.

Achievement standards

In Music, students progress along a curriculum continuum that provides the first achievement standard at Foundation and then at Levels 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. A curriculum for students with disabilities is provided in this learning area.

A 'Towards Foundation Levels A to D' curriculum is provided for students with disabilities or additional learning needs in this curriculum area.

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