Aut a – Escaping the Vernacular

In this unit students will be introduced to 20th Century music and the way in which it moved away from conventional musical features by using extended techniques and a range of compositional devices that rely on intention.  The unit culminates in students creating a composition in this style, which utilises the above mind set and techniques visited in listening work.

This unit also introduces musical terminology such as: augmented, diminished, retrograde, inverted, atonal, prepared instrument


By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will: be able to create and perform at least one motif. Students will also have an understanding of good rehearsal practice and basic manners for social music making, specifically respecting equipment.

Most students will: be able to create more than one motif that is developed using one or more 20th century technique.  Students will perform confidently and with accuracy.

Some learners will have progressed further and will: be able to further develop the creation of motifs that are developed using more than one 20th century technique.  Motifs will be ordered in an interesting way and may also make a considered use of silence.  Students may also take a leading role within a group.  Students will perform with confidence and accuracy.

How to help your child

Encourage students to listen to 20th century music styles, such as Experimentalism, Serialism and music which uses every day sound, via the internet, radio, etc.

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