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Task: Composition Portfolio

Possible Marks: 20

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Outcomes to be assessed

5.4 - Demonstrates an understanding of the musical concepts through improvising, arranging and composing in the styles or genres of music selected for study

5.5 - Notates own compositions, applying forms of notation appropriate to the music selected for study

5.7 - Demonstrates an understanding of musical concepts through the analysis, comparison, and critical discussion of music from different stylistic, social, cultural and historical contexts

5.8 - Demonstrates an understanding of musical concepts through aural identification, discrimination, memorisation and notation in the music selected for study

5.9 - Demonstrates an understanding of musical literacy through the appropriate application of notation, terminology, and the interpretation and analysis of scores used in the music selected for study

Task description

For this assessment task, you are required to submit a composition portfolio outlining the composition process that you undertook for The Firebird. Presentation of the portfolio is to be done using a digital format of your choice. The portfolio must contain written documentation in relation to the following:

  • A description and reflection of the activities undertaken for the development of your compositional skills, knowledge and abilities
  • A record of the planning involved in regards to developing the composition
  • Annotations of musical ideas both used and unused
  • Decision making processes including a record of resolutions to musical problems
  • Reflections of your own work and the work of others
  • Influences on the compositional style

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria will be based on the student addressing:

  • how the concepts have been used and manipulated throughout the composition
  • what compositional techniques were used to develop musical ideas
  • which musical ideas were successful/unsuccessful and why
  • which musical problems were encountered and how they were resolved
  • the composition process from planning to developing to resolving
  • the stylistic elements that were used as a stimulus and how these influenced the compositional style

Marking criteria

A 17-20

  • Demonstrates extensive description and reflection of the activities undertaken to develop composition skills, knowledge and abilities
  • Presents a highly competent account of the intent, experimentation, development and resolution of ideas
  • Self appraisals display an excellent understanding of the processes, the concepts and the overall structure
  • Evidence of a thorough understanding of the compositional style

B 13-16

  • Demonstrates a high level of description and reflection of the activities undertaken to develop composition skills, knowledge and abilities
  • Reflections are comprehensive and outline the initial planning, development and resolution of ideas
  • Self appraisals display a very good understanding of the processes, the concepts and the overall structure
  • Evidence of a well developed understanding of the compositional style

C 9-12

  • Evidence of sound description and reflection of activities undertaken to develop composition skills, knowledge and abilities
  • Presents an adequate record of the composition process, however, some processes may be incomplete or require more detailed analysis
  • Self appraisals display some understanding of the processes, the concepts and the overall structure
  • Evidence of some understanding of the compositional style

D 5-8

  • Demonstrates basic description and reflection of activities undertaken to develop composition skills, knowledge and abilities with limited and at times irrelevant written material
  • A basic account of the processes with superficial accounts of the planning, development and resolution of ideas
  • Self appraisals display a basic understanding of the processes, the concepts and the overall structure OR this area is not addressed adequately
  • Displays a basic understanding of the compositional style

E 1-4

  • Demonstrates elementary description and reflection of activities undertaken to develop composition skills, knowledge and abilities with little or no evidence of appropriate documentation  
  • A very limited account of the processes with little or no consideration given to the planning and development of ideas
  • Self appraisals display little or no understanding of the processes, the concepts and the overall structure OR this area is not addressed at all
  • Displays a limited understanding of the compositional style

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