Audio fundamentals

Years 9 to 12 drama and music, Years 11 and 12 VET entertainment
Creative Class Drama Music VET

Learn the fundamental elements of a basic audio system.

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View of a technical rehearsal of Schools Spectacular from sound desk, showing laptops and other audio equipment.

Learning intentions

Your students will:

  • identify the basic principles of an audio system
  • explore the different uses for microphones
  • discover how to use an audio mixing desk
  • create audio set ups for various scenarios.


NSW Stage 6 VET Entertainment Industry Syllabus
  • demonstrates knowledge of audio equipment and accessories used in the entertainment industry.
Music 7-10 Syllabus
  • 5.2: performs repertoire in a range of styles and genres demonstrating interpretation of musical notation and the application of different types of technology.
Music 1 Stage 6 Syllabus
  • P8: identifies, recognises, experiments with and discusses the use of technology in music. 
  • H8: identifies, recognises, experiments with, and discusses the use and effects of technology in music.
Drama 7-10 Syllabus
  • 5.2.2: selects and uses performance spaces, theatre conventions and production elements appropriate to purpose and audience.
Drama Stage 6 Syllabus
  • P1.4: understands, manages and manipulates theatrical elements and elements of production, using them perceptively and creatively.
  • H1.7: demonstrates skills in using the elements of production.