Choosing a focus piece – Professor Anne Boyd AM

“In preparing resources for the teaching of one of the works in your list you should consider the wide range of resources available to you (for example the many resources made by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Meet the Music programme, or the Australian Music Centre), and use these as models to create your own resources.”

I have chosen Revelations of Divine Love by Professor Anne Boyd AM as my focus piece for this unit, and intend on using the resources available to me through the Conservatorium of Music library, Australian Music Centre (which I became a member of – only $40 for full time university students for the year) and if needed, emailing Professor Anne Boyd AM who works at the university.

This piece is described in the programme notes as being “concerned with meditation and relate to the deep purpose of my music which is to link Christian Love with Buddhist Silence” (1993). The piece will be an excellent model for composition with harmonic and structural features that will be relevant to instrumental writing as well as choral writing.

Boyd, A. (1993). Revelations of Divine Love. York, UK: University of York Music Press.

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Senior Secondary – A new challenge

This semester’s big project is writing a unit for HSC Music 2, including 6 lessons plans, all the appropriate resources, and a few extra activities. Already this semester I have written a few full unit frameworks for various stages on various topics, and have done this multiple times now throughout my degree. I am feeling a lot more confident with unit and lesson planning than I did at the start of last year, so am not worried about that section of the task.

What I am worried about is how I will make this unit better than other units I’ve done in the past, including my junior secondary units. Especially as the higher level HSC Music 2 and extension curriculum is something I don’t feel very confident with, having not gone to school in NSW. My main goals are to create a unit of work that not only fulfils all the requirements of HSC and will help prepare students for their exams, but will also be engaging and encourage students to be musicians who look beyond the HSC examinations.