THE AS91421 LEARNING PROGRAMME
FOR NCEA LEVEL 3 MUSIC STUDENTS STUDYING HARMONIC + TONAL CONVENTIONS
A series of online courses to help NCEA level 3 music students gain knowledge and strategies to answer questions in their Harmonic and Tonal Conventions exam with accuracy, clarity and insight.
HOW THE PROGRAMME WORKS
The learning programme is made up of 7 online courses which explain the principles which underpin many of the conventions that are evident in tonal music. The courses are organised into a natural progression for learning and are designed for students to work through over the year leading towards their final exam.
The first half of the programme focuses on introducing the requirements of the achievement standard and on working through the knowledge, underlying concepts and terminology students need. The courses in the second half of the programme focus on giving students skills and plenty of practice in applying that knowledge through musical analysis and harmonisation.
TAKE A LOOK INSIDE
Watch the video below to have a brief guided tour through the programme.
WHAT YOU GET IN THE ONLINE COURSES
CONCISE VIDEO TUTORIALS
FEEDBACK ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
I wouldn't have got my Excellence for this standard without this programme. It was extremely helpful in preparing for my Level 3 exam. The courses were easy to follow, structured well so that everything you need to know is covered, and I felt prepared for each of the three questions.
-Carly Williams, Western Heights High School, Rotorua, 2020
....the videos are fantastic by the way!
-Nathan Horner, HOD Music, Bethlehem College, Tauranga, 2020
....a fabulous resource for the Level 3 external
-Margaret Robertson, HOD Music, Western Springs College, Auckland, 2021
-Domino Gouw, Otumoetai College, 2021
Kathryn Lauder BMus(HONS), DipTch (Sec)
Hi, I'm Kathryn.
I'm a music teacher, composer and pianist. I've written the courses in this programme to help Level 3 NCEA music students prepare well for the external exam for AS91421, so they can get their best possible grade.
Over the years of teaching this standard, I've discovered that students sometimes have difficulty writing convincing answers in their Harmonic and Tonal conventions exam. Students are often unsure of how to describe the effect that a composer's use of a musical element has on a passage as whole. Many also struggle to write stylistic harmonisations which demonstrate effective voice leading. These skills are often those needed for the questions which when answered well, generate the highest grades for the standard.
When I put this programme together, my goal was to give students a learning framework which would make answering challenging and unexpected exam questions a little easier.
The courses are designed to review and extend the musical knowledge students may already bring to Level 3 music, so that they are familiar with the terms and concepts outlined by NZQA for the achievement standard. As a student works through the content, it's my intention that they gradually build a deeper understanding of the nature of tonal music and how it works, so that they find harmonisation and analysis in the exam straight forward.
I have been involved in Musical activities since starting piano lessons at 4 years old. I have a BMus(Hons) degree with first class honours in composition from Auckland University, which I completed after undergraduate study majoring in both Performance piano and composition. Over my career in Music Education I have been in charge of Academic Music at Diocesan School for Girls,(Auckland) been HOD Music at Bethlehem College, (Tauranga) and have completed contractual work for both NZQA and the Ministry of Education. I currently work in Rotorua where I'm an itinerant music teacher and also private piano teacher. I have a growing, passionate interest in web development.
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