Music / Year 7 and 8

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Curriculum content descriptions

Develop musical ideas, such as mood, by improvising, combining and manipulating the elements of music (ACAMUM093)

  • using technology to manipulate specific elements such as pitch and timbre to create intended effects in composition or performance
  • manipulating their voices through timbre and expressive techniques to convey intended style
  • Considering viewpoints – meanings and interpretations: For example – Why does the same piece sound different when different musicians play it?
  • experimenting with technology to sequence and combine ideas to enhance intentions in compositions and performances
  • listening to and interpreting different types of score conventions from different styles and traditions to develop their own style
  • experimenting with different types of notation to communicate and record ideas
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Musical elements

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Teacher resource

Sydney Symphony bite-sized music lessons: years 7-8

This resource is a set of four downloadable PDFs that are part of the Teaching resources collection of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. They cover works of Ross Edwards ('Spirit ground') and Handel ('Movement VI' of 'Water Music Suite'). There is a set of Teacher notes and Classroom materials for each composer. The PDFs on ...

Interactive Resource

SmartMusic - iTunes app

Practise reading notation and rehearse voice and various instruments with this interactive music learning software that has an extensive library of sheet music.It provides accompaniment to performances with backing tracks. Record and listen to your performance and loop difficult passages.Free when reviewed 28/5/2015

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

Pioneers of music

This downloadable zip file is part of the Adobe digital school collection of resources. The resource contains a PDF lesson plan on music appreciation and criticism, as well as several folders containing worksheets on music research, technical guides for Adobe Photoshop Elements, digital photography guides and technical ...