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NCEA Music Remote Learning and Assessment
A2020/10 - 24 Apr 2020


Principal's Nominee
All teachers of Music

In response to the impacts of COVID-19 on teaching, learning and assessment programmes for NCEA Music, NZQA has:

  • Published a guide for both internally and externally assessed Music Achievement Standards on the NZQA website’s Music subject page

A colour-coding system is used in the guide to categorise standards according to the advice provided in the document.

Green: These standards are suitable for remote teaching, learning and assessment.

Blue: It is possible to facilitate assessment against these standards by remote learning with teacher guidance. Online platforms can support this.

Red: These standards require a collaborative process and/or interaction with others. They are not suitable for remote teaching, learning and assessment. Assessment against these standards should be delayed until later in the year, when and where this becomes possible.

External Achievement Standards

There will be no change to the current Assessment Specifications.

General Guidance

Students may need access to the internet and/or music-writing software for some standards. This may pose issues around access and equity for some students, which you will need to consider in your programme planning.


Please refer any enquiries relating to this circular to your School Relationship Manager.

School Relationship Manager
School Quality Assurance and Liaison
Telephone: 04 463 3000
Fax: 04 463 3115

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