Potential to gain NCEA credits

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by Claire Allison

Pupils taking private music lessons could be earning NCEA credits.

Timaru piano teacher Davina Spring is keen to ensure that pupils taking instrument and singing lessons are aware they could be taking advantage of the New Zealand Music Examinations Board exams being recognised by NZQA.

Miss Spring said pupils who were not taking music as an NCEA-level subject at school, but were taking private music lessons, could earn credits on their NCEA record of learning.

One of her pupils last year was the first in Timaru to earn NCEA credits and in a couple of years’ time, when pupils reached grade 3 exam levels, she was likely to have several more.

Pupils had to perform two pieces for their NZMEB exam, and, as well as being assessed for the exam, would also be assessed for NCEA credits, using the same processes as pupils gaining credits at school.

NCEA level 1 pupils could earn up to 10 credits by sitting their grade 3 music exam, level 2 pupils could earn up to 13 credits by sitting grade 4-5 exams, and level 3 pupils could earn up to 16 credits by sitting grade 6 and above exams.

Miss Spring said NZMEB patron Michael Houstoun, formerly of Timaru, had said he believed music was the most beneficial subject any pupil could pursue, so it was only right that it was recognised by NZQA and credits given accordingly.