Adjusted Study Design for 2020 only
Teachers should note that they should only access the 2020 Adjusted Study Design. Deletions are in red coloured text and strike through while changes are in blue coloured text and highlighted. It is imperative that the revised 2020 Adjusted Study Design is used for the remainder of 2020.
Examinations will be based on the key knowledge and skills contained in the 2020 Adjusted Study Design. The 2020 Adjusted Study Design includes adjustments to the key knowledge and skills and the scope of the assessment. Teachers can be assured that students will only be externally assessed on the content in the 2020 Adjusted Study Design.
Frequently asked questions for 2020 Adjusted Study Design
Frequently asked questions raised during the VCE adjusted study design webinar for VCE Music.
The VCE Music Study Design comprises:
View VCE Music Performance Units 1 and 2
Music Performance Units 3 and 4
View VCE Music Investigation Units 3 and 4
View VCE Music Style and Composition Units 1-4
2020 Prescribed List of Group Works
This list is for use in Units 3-4 Music Investigation and Units 3-4 Music Performance. Information about specific study design and examination requirements is included in the introduction.
2020 Prescribed List of Notated Solo Works
For Music Performance Units 3-4 (from 1 January 2016)
VCAA principles and procedures for prescribed VCE lists (June 2020)
2020 VCE Music Performance Alternative Works Guidelines and Criteria
For students wanting to perform works other than those in the prescribed list of works.
Application for 2020 VCE Music Performance Alternative Works
2020 VCE Music Performance Alternative Instruments Guidelines and Criteria
For students who wish to select an alternative solo instrument.
Application for 2020 VCE Music Performance Alternative Instrument
For Accordion, Highland Drumming, Keyboard Percussion, Lever Harp, Organ – Electronic, Soprano Saxophone, Synthesizer, Tabla and Traditional string instruments (fretted, bowed, plucked).
VCE Music Performance 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 Performance.
VCE Music Performance School-based Assessment report (docx - 697.46kb).
Examination specifications, past examinations and reports
VCE Music Performance examination specifications, past examinations and reports.
Advice for teachers
Learning activities and assessment advice for teachers, including performance descriptions.
Study summary (January 2017)
A summary of the VCE Music Study Design for 2017-2022.
Study Review Plan
Study Review Plan (docx - 84.9kb) provides key information on the review of VCE Music Performance, being conducted in 2020/21. VCE study designs currently under review in 2020/21 will now be delivered by schools in 2023 (rather than 2022).
Consultation on the proposed VCE Music Study Design will be conducted in 2020/21. The draft study design and consultation questionnaire will be available for consideration on this page during 2020/21. To register your interest for the public consultation, please complete the
Study Design - Accreditation period 2017–2022
The accreditation period has been extended and expires 31 December 2022. Do not use in 2020 refer to the Adjusted Study Design for 2020 at the top of this webpage.
VCE Music Study Design amendment (January 2018)
Curriculum Manager - Performing Arts
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