Achievement Standard: Music 91092:
Compose two original pieces of music


Resource reference: Music 1.3 v2
Resource title: Compose Music
Credits: 6

Achievement -

Compose two original pieces of music.
Achievement with Merit - Compose two effective original pieces of music.
Achievement with Excellence -
Compose two convincing original pieces of music.

Student instructions:


This assessment activity requires you to compose two original compositions. For each piece, you may work either as an individual or in a group of between two and five students.

The compositions will be completed by the dates given to you by your teacher. Your final assessment grade will be based on the overall weight of evidence across the two compositions.
Your compositions should be long enough to show that you can develop and structure your musical ideas.
You should think about the technical capabilities of the instruments you are writing for, as well as the ranges and registers of these instruments.
If improvisation is included, you must give sufficient detail to give a clear indication of your creative intentions. When recording the compositions, you must be the performer of improvised passages.
You may choose to include an accompaniment if you are writing for an instrument that is capable of playing only one line. If you do include this as part of the composition, it will be assessed.
Each composition must include both audio or audio-visual recording and visual (written) representation. You can visually represent your composition using standard music notation, lyrics and a chord chart, a lead sheet, tab, graphic notation, a narrative description, or a combination of these. You should use the notation most appropriate to the style/genre of your pieces. Include appropriate performance markings on your scores.
Your compositions must show evidence of generation (creation) of musical ideas that are then developed, structured, and represented. 
  • The generation of your ideas involves creating original musical ideas through using riffs, motifs, themes, chords, ostinato, and/or use of tonal centres.
  • Your musical ideas will be developed using compositional devices, such as contrast, imitation, sequence, extension, or variation.
  • Your pieces will be structured into cohesive and coherent compositions, for example, using verse/chorus, ABA, whakapapa or harmonic logic.
  • Your compositions will be represented through audio and written formats appropriate to the style/genre.
For individual compositions, you must provide an audio file playable on a CD player or computer. This file could be a recording of a live performance of your pieces or could be generated from music software. If using music notation software (for example, Sibelius) for an individual composition, the sound track should be exported as an audio file. For group compositions, an audio-visual recording must be provided of the composers performing their compositions.
Submit your composition work in a portfolio, including any rough drafts along with your finished work. If you have been working in a group, you should keep a diary of the process to show how you have made a contribution to the composition. Your teacher will observe your group working and will talk to you about the group/collaborative process.

Please download and print the Assessment Authenticity Statement before handing in your finished work