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Music Style and Composition Units 1-4

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

View VCE Music Investigation Units 3 and 4

Music Style and Composition Units 1-4

School-based assessment

VCE Music Style and Composition School-based Assessment report.

Externally-assessed Task authentication form (18 February 2021)
Used to monitor student progress and assist teachers to record observations of student work.

External assessment

View the VCE Music Style and Composition external assessment webpage for

  • Externally-assessed task (EAT) – specifications and guidelines, weighting and criteria, marking sheet and reports
  • 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.

2023 Implementation

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
email: Margaret.Arnold@education.vic.gov.au

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