Music / Year 7 and 8

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Curriculum content descriptions

Experiment with texture and timbre in sound sources using aural skills (ACAMUM092)

  • experimenting with and transcribing pitch contour, beat patterns and rhythm sequences
  • singing and recognising intervals and melodic patterns to extend music ideas in improvisation and composition
  • Considering viewpoints – forms and elements: For example – How have the elements of music and instruments been used in this piece?
  • identifying qualities of chords in isolation and experimenting with combinations to create chord progressions
  • manipulating sound quality by exploring how sounds are produced by different instruments and voice types, for example, manipulating dynamics and timbre in voice or acoustic or digital instruments
  • experimenting with texture by layering sound in different ways in composition, for example, by using looping software
  • using aural skills to evaluate and improve interpretation of music they read and perform
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Sound sources,  Timbre

Interactive Resource


This is a free application for the iPad and iPhone with a kaleidoscopic touchpad interface that enables the user to create and control music tracks without any previous musical experience. It features: samples of a range of music styles; a basic sound mixer including controls for tone, tempo and reverb; and the ability ...

Teacher resource

Soundscapes: you call that music?

This is a resource that focuses on creating soundscapes and music using Audacity software. It includes two videos that provide a guide to creating compositions from pre-recorded sounds and applying techniques to edit and manipulate sounds for different effects; teacher notes; four activity sheets, including a guide to presenting ...

Interactive Resource


This is a free application for the iPad that focuses on creating electronic dance and hip-hop music tracks in real time using a virtual sound-mixing board. It features: eight tracks; 120 loops from a large loop library including drums, bass, bass-drums, lines, pads, percussion and effects; a multitouch interface with slide ...

Interactive Resource

Figure - iTunes app

Create songs using this music production software that gives you drums, bass and lead synth. Choose your key and tempo, types of drums and rhythm, range, scale steps, pitch options for lead and bass. Can mix and save to app or sign up and share compositions on the developer's website. Free when reviewed 28/5/2015

Teacher resource

What is a Symphony Orchestra?

This set of resources introduces students to the instruments in a symphony orchestra and supports development of skills in aural identification of instrumental timbre. Conductor Richard Gill AO and musicians from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra introduce woodwind, brass, string and percussion instruments in a video resource. ...


Music profile: The Last Kinection

This is a resource profiling The Last Kinection (TLK), the multi-award-winning Aboriginal hip-hop band from Newcastle, New South Wales. The band members are Kabbi Kabbi siblings, Joel Wenitong (Weno) and Naomi Wenitong (Nay), and their longtime friend Jacob Turier (DJ Jaytee). The resource consists of: an introduction to ...

Moving Image

Twelve canoes: ceremony

This is a rich resource about the ceremonial activities of the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land. Its centrepiece is a short film showing men and women engaged in ceremony, narrated by a Yolngu storyteller who describes how some ceremonies are open to all but others are restricted, and explains the purposes of various ...


Music profile: Knowledge Bones

This is a resource profiling Knowledge Bones (aka Black Dundee), a hip-hop artist and MC based in Perth. The resource includes: an introduction to his musical career; a publicity shot; and a ‘Listen up’ audio of his autobiographical rap ‘Too deadly’. The introduction describes him as ‘in the class of Australian hip-hop ...


Music profile: The Deadly Boyz (TDB)

This is a resource profiling Noongar cousins Stinga T and Big Sexy who are the hip-hop group, The Deadly Boyz, based in Adelaide and Perth. The resource consists of an introduction to their musical development, their gigs and debut album, and a ‘Listen up’ audio of their hip-hop rap ‘True Nyoongar’. The introduction describes ...