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Task: Composition Portfolio

Possible Marks: 20

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Outcomes to be assessed

P2- Observes, reads, interprets and discusses simple musical scores characteristic of topics studied

P3- Improvises and creates melodies, harmonies and rhythmic accompaniments for familiar sound sources reflecting the cultural and historical contexts studied

P4- Recognises and identifies the concepts of music and discusses their use in a variety of musical styles

P5- Comments on and constructively discusses performances and compositions

P6- Observes and discusses concepts of music in works representative of the topics studied

P7- Understands the capabilities of performing media, explores and uses current technologies as appropriate to the topics studied

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

17-20

  • Demonstrates extensive description and reflection of the activities undertaken to develop composition skills, knowledge and abilities
  • Presents a highly perceptive 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

13-16

  • Demonstrates detailed 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

9-12

  • Evidence of description and reflection of activities undertaken to develop composition skills, knowledge and abilities
  • Presents a 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

5-8

  • Demonstrates apparent description and reflection of activities undertaken to develop composition skills, knowledge and abilities with basic 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

1-4

  • Demonstrates limited 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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