NCEA Level 1 Music

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: S. Diedricks

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 10 Music or by consultation with HOD Music.

11MUS and 11MUP are similar courses that cover many of the same standards, if you wish to choose both; you must consult with the HOD.

This course needs to be taken if you intend continuing with this subject at Level 2 (Year 12)

Music encompasses both practical performance and academic study. Students at Year 11 level can choose which stream is appropriate for them. At Ashburton College we are fortunate to offer a wide variety of musical experiences which help students to choose their path. Those students wanting to continue learning instruments have access to itinerant music teachers. These students are encouraged to enter competitions and festivals and join in music making opportunities within the college community. Several tertiary options are available for student wanting to study music. The career opportunities are many and varied. Examples of these are: broadcasting, performing, sound engineering, teaching, recording artist, studio musician, amongst others. We offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. These include choirs, rock bands, instrumental and vocal groups, chamber music groups and orchestra. Students are encouraged to perform at competitions and festivals in Mid–Canterbury and further afield. 


  • Solo/Group performance;
  • Composition;
  • Aural skills;
  • Theory and analysis; and
  • Research.

This course leads to a University Entrance approved subject.




NCEA Level 2 Music