Senior Music (L2 & 3) - full year

This course is centered around a students want to develop their musical skills.

Course Overview

The course is focused on developing a student's ability to be a performer, creator, or musicologist. 


All students coming into this course have the ability to stretch themselves and be assessed to a high ability that is required for further study of music. As part of the course, all students will need funding to attend the NetNZ music festival which will be held in Term 3

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Phil Biddlecombe

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Philip Biddlecombe is a percussionist, a director, a composer & a teacher. Currently the Head of Arts at Hurunui College and recently have been the musical director of Hurunui College's Addams Family, Shrek and Rock of Ages. He plays percussion, drum kit and piano and has played in countless amateur shows from Les Miserables to Sweet Charity. He has played in many brass bands as both a conductor for the Beverley Brass Band and a percussionist playing with Leopard Coachline Canterbury Brass Band, Wellington Brass Band in the Championship section and others. He has been a member of the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra, played with the Leeds Symphony Orchestra and also with the Chichester Philharmonic Orchestra's performance of The Armed Man. He has performed at the Royal Albert Hall for the Schools Proms performing with the Hampshire County Youth Band, and toured in Germany as well as northern Spain stopping at the Heineken 40th Jazzaldia festival in San Sebastian. He has had extensive experience with many ensembles and wants to pass this on to students so that they too can experience the diversity of music.

Course Details

By recognising that music is a language, ākonga can learn to understand the signs and symbols of the language of sound.
It is important to recognise that deliberate decisions are made during the composition and performance of music.
Ākonga will be able to explore how meaning can be constructed through creation, re-creation, and analysis of music.
Music allows people to draw on and communicate their experiences and perspectives, and to express themselves in relation to their place in the world.

For performance students need to show a level of playing equivilant of 3 years music tuition., bandlab, Google Classroom,
School Year
05 Feb 2024
18 Nov 2024

NCEA Level 2, NCEA Level 3
Standard No * Standard title credit value Internal/External
32303 Apply knowledge of a music notation application 3 I
91270 Perform two substantial pieces of music as a featured soloist 6 I
91271 Compose two substantial pieces of music 6 I
91276 Demonstrate knowledge of conventions in a range of music scores 4 E
91419 Communicate musical intention by composing three original pieces of music 8 I
91416 Perform two programmes of music as a featured soloist 8 I
91418 Demonstrate ensemble skills by performing two substantial pieces of music as a member of a group 4 I
91425 Research a music topic 6 I
91421 Demonstrate understanding of harmonic and tonal conventions in a range of music scores 4 E
91849 Compose three original songs that express imaginative thinking 8 I

Students will need to be supported with funding to get them to the NetNZ music festival in Term 3.

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1.00 placement

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Hurunui College
Hurunui College

Level (NCEA)

Yes - L2, L3

Course Dates

05 Feb 2024

till 18 Nov 2024


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Learning Exchange

1.00 placement

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