Music is the artistic organisation of sounds and silences to communicate meaning.
Learning in music builds on the Early Years Learning Framework. It involves purposeful play through which students are connected with and contribute to the world and have strong sense of wellbeing. Purposeful play provides engagement, then purpose and form.
Students learning music listen, perform and compose.
Musical ideas are conceived, organised and shaped by aspects and combinations of rhythm, pitch, dynamics and expression, form and structure, texture and timbre. These are the Elements of Music.
The Australian Curriculum: The Arts
Students learning music listen, perform and compose. They learn about the elements of music comprising rhythm, pitch, dynamics and expression, form and structure, timbre and texture. Aural skills, or ear training, are the particular listening skills students develop to identify and interpret the elements of music. Aural skills development is essential for making and responding to a range of music while listening, composing, and performing. Learning through Music is a continuous and sequential process, enabling the acquisition, development and revisiting of skills and knowledge with increasing depth and complexity.
Making in Music involves active listening, imitating, improvising, composing, arranging, conducting, singing, playing, comparing and contrasting, refining, interpreting, recording and notating, practising, rehearsing, presenting and performing.
Responding in Music involves students being audience members listening to, enjoying, reflecting, analysing, appreciating and evaluating their own and others’ musical works.
Both Making and Responding involve developing aural understanding of the elements of music through experiences in listening, performing and composing.