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Music Investigation Units 3 and 4

Accreditation period 2017-2022

The accreditation period for Music has been extended and expires 31 December 2022.

Study Design

VCE Music Study Design (pdf - 381.33kb)

Details on areas of study, outcomes and assessment for Music Investigation Units 3 and 4: 2017-2022.

VCE Music Study Design amendment (January 2018)

The VCE Music Study Design comprises:

View VCE Music Performance Units 1 and 2

View VCE Music Performance Units 3 and 4

Music Investigation Units 3 and 4

View VCE Music Style and Composition Units 1-4

2022 Prescribed List of Group Works
This list is for use in Units 3 and 4 Music Investigation and Units 3 and 4 Music Performance. Information about specific study design and examination requirements is included in the introduction.

2022 Prescribed List of Notated Solo Works
This edition of the Prescribed List is for use for Music Performance and Music Investigation from 1 January 2017.

VCAA principles and procedures for prescribed VCE lists (June 2020)

2022 VCE Music Investigation Topic approval form
This form is used by the VCAA to confirm that students have selected an Investigation Topic of appropriate depth and breadth. Forms should be submitted via VASS by 5.00pm on Wednesday, 23 February 2022.

2022 VCE Investigation Topic Approval notes and guidelines

2022 VCE Music Investigation Alternative Works Application Form

2022 VCE Music Investigation Alternative Works Guidelines and Criteria
For students who wish to perform works other than those in the prescribed list of works.

2022 Music Investigation Alternative Instruments Application Form

2022 Music Investigation Alternative Instruments Guidelines and Criteria
For students who wish to select an alternative solo instrument.

VCE Music Investigation Alternative Instruments Resource
This resource is designed to assist students and teachers with applications for approval to use an alternative instrument for solo performance in VCE Music Investigation.

School-based assessment

View VCE Music Investigation School-based Assessment report.

Examination specifications, past examinations and reports

View VCE Music Investigation examination specifications, past examinations and reports.

Support material

Advice for teachers
Learning activities and assessment advice for teachers, including performance descriptions.

Glossary of command terms
This glossary provides a list of terms commonly used across the Victorian Curriculum F–10, VCE study designs and VCE examinations and to help students better understand the requirements of command terms in the context of their discipline.

Study summary
A summary of the VCE Music Study Design for 2017-2022.

Study design for implementation in 2023

Teachers are advised that the study design listed below is for use from 2023. This is available to teachers in preparation for the implementation of the new study in 2023. Additional resources will be added progressively as they become available.

For accreditation period 2023-2027

In 2022, schools must ensure they use the VCE Music Study Design Units 1-4: 2017-2022.

Curriculum Manager

Margaret Arnold
Curriculum Manager - Performing Arts
tel: + 61 3 9059 5140

Curriculum Managers lead, manage and support the production, review and development of senior secondary curriculum and assessment materials. They also provide policy advice and implementation support for Foundation to Year 12 curriculum and assessment