Music

During the music elective pupils will consolidate and develop the core skills learned in S1 and S2 for performing, composing and listening. In all areas of the course pupils will develop their knowledge, understanding and skills within their level 4 outcomes.

S1 - S3 Curriculum

S1/2


The S1 Music course will provide pupils with core skills in performing, listening and composing. These skills will be taught through a variety of topics and practical tasks, including performing on classroom instruments such as keyboard, tuned percussion and drum-kit. Pupils will also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of different styles of music through listening and practical tasks related to World Music and Instruments of the Orchestra.

S2

Music allows pupils the opportunity to consolidate and develop the performing, listening and composing skills they have learned in S1. Pupils are encouraged to expand their practical skills further by including instruments learned out with the classroom as well as introducing guitar, bass guitar and voice. Listening and composition skills are developed through group projects and research tasks on the use of Music in the Media and Programme Music.

S3 Elective


During the Music elective pupils will consolidate and develop the core skills learned in S1 and S2 for performing, composing and listening. In all areas of the course pupils will develop their knowledge, understanding and skills within their level 4 outcomes.
Through a variety of literacy tasks and listening exercises pupils will develop their knowledge of a range of topics as well as experimenting with musical ideas, use of orchestration and music technology. In performing pupils will specialise in two instruments from those learned in S1/2 and those learned with an instrumental instructor.

 

S4 - S6 Curriculum

National 3-5 Music

The music course is divided into 3 units of study:
• Performing Skills
• Composing Skills
• Understanding Music


In addition to this there is a compulsory added value unit in music performance at National 4 and National 5 levels.

National 3


Pupils will develop their skills, knowledge and understanding gained in S1-S3 through a variety of tasks related to each unit of study. Work will be gathered, evaluated and assessed throughout the course as evidence of development, understanding and completion of course requirements.

o Pupils will develop their performing skills on two instruments, or one instrument and voice, to a minimum of Grade 1 level. They will be able to perform music with sufficient accuracy and identify strengths and areas for improvement in their performing. This will be assessed throughout the course by observing, recording and reflecting on all performance opportunities. This may consist of solo/group performing (which may be recorded as audio/video), a presentation or poster, record of self-evaluation. Performances both within the class and in external concerts/showcases may be used as evidence.

o Pupils will create their own piece of music using simple concepts in imaginative ways. This will be assessed through the production of a score using music notation, performance plan or audio/video recording, and a record of progress and development during the composition process.

o In Understanding Music pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of music styles, and simple music signs and symbols used in music notation, through listening. This may be assessed through the completion of listening assessments, group/solo presentations, class discussions or other written tasks.

As National 3 is based on coursework there is no formal exam at the end of the year.
Completion of the National 3 Music course will allow pupils to progress to National 4 Music.

National 4


Pupils will develop their skills, knowledge and understanding gained in S1-S3 through a variety of tasks related to each unit of study. Work will be gathered, evaluated and assessed throughout the course as evidence of development, understanding and completion of course requirements.

o Pupils will develop their performing skills on two instruments, or one instrument and voice, to a minimum of Grade 2 level. They will be able to perform music in a range of styles and identify strengths and areas for improvement in their performing. This will be assessed throughout the course by observing, recording and reflecting on all performance opportunities. This may consist of solo/group performing (which may be recorded as audio/video), a presentation or poster, record of self-evaluation. Performances both within the class and in external concerts/showcases may be used as evidence.

o Pupils will develop their understanding of the creative process and basic techniques used in music composition, in order to create their own individual piece of music. This will be assessed through the production of a score using music notation, performance plan or audio/video recording, and a record of progress and development during the composition process.

o In Understanding Music pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of a variety of concepts and music literacy by exploring styles of music through listening. This may be assessed through the completion of listening assessments, group/solo presentations, class discussions or other written tasks.

o The compulsory Added Value Unit in Music Performance will be assessed by performance of a programme of music (minimum Grade 2 standard) in a solo setting and/or as part of a group, on two contrasting instruments. The programme will last a combined total of 8 minutes and will demonstrate an ability to perform with musical flow, with sufficient technical accuracy in pitch and rhythm.

As National 4 is based on coursework there is no formal exam at the end of the year. Completion of the National 4 Music course will allow pupils to progress to National 5 Music.


National 5


The general requirements of the National 5 course are as at National 4; however the standard of performing required is a minimum of Grade 3 rather than grade 2 at National 4 level.

o Pupils will develop their performing skills on two instruments, or one instrument and voice, to a minimum of Grade 3 level. They will be able to perform music in a range of styles and identify strengths and areas for improvement in their performing. This will be assessed throughout the course by observing, recording and reflecting on all performance opportunities. This may consist of solo/group performing (which may be recorded as audio/video), a presentation or poster, record of self-evaluation. Performances both within the class and in external concerts/showcases may be used as evidence.

o Pupils will develop their understanding of a range of composition methods and concepts in order to create their own original piece of music, through improvising,arranging or composing. This will be assessed through the production of a music score, performance plan or audio/video recording, and a record of progress and development during the composition process. This will be assessed as a pass or fail.

o In Understanding Music pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of a variety of concepts and music literacy by exploring historical and cultural styles of music through listening. This will be assessed firstly through internally assessed listening assessments, group/solo presentations, class discussions or other written tasks. There will be a final listening question paper at the end of the course which will be assessed and graded externally.

o The compulsory Added Value Unit in Music Performance will be assessed by performance of a programme of music (minimum Grade 3 standard) in a solo setting and/or as part of a group, on two contrasting instruments. The programme will last a combined total of 8 minutes and will demonstrate an ability to perform with musical flow, and realise the composer’s intentions with regard to melodic and rhythmic accuracy, intonation, tempo and flow, dynamics, musicality through mood, character and tone. This performance will be assessed and graded by an external examiner.

Completion of the National 5 Music course will allow pupils to progress to the Higher Music course.

 

Higher Music


The Higher Music course is divided into 3 units of study:
• Performing Skills
• Composing Skills
• Understanding Music

Course Entry Requirements – Pupils are expected to have gained an A or B at National 5

The qualifications in music have a hierarchical approach and would further develop the skills that pupils have gained at National 5 in all three course areas – Performing, Composing and Understanding Music. In addition to this there is a compulsory added value unit in music which is the externally assessed practical examination.

Performing
o Pupils will develop their performing skills on two instruments, or one instrument and voice, to a minimum of Grade 4 level. They will be preparing and performing a solo and/or group programme of challenging music on their two selected instruments. In addition to this, pupils will be critically reflecting on and evaluating the quality and accuracy of their performance, and refining their performing skills. Through this process they need to be able to identify strengths and areas for improvement in their performing. The unit outcomes can be assessed throughout the course through performances both within the class and in external concerts or shows.

Composing Skills
o Pupils will analyse how a range of compositional methods and music concepts are used by other composers and the influences on their music. They will also experiment using complex concepts and compositional methods in creative ways in order to create their own original piece of music, through improvising, arranging or composing. This will be assessed through the production of a music score, performance plan or audio/video recording, and a record of progress and development during the composition process. Pupils will also critically reflect on their music and their creative choices and decisions. This will be assessed as a pass or fail.
Understanding Music

o In Understanding Music pupils will develop their ability to identify and distinguish between complex level-specific music concepts in excerpts of music through listening. They will also analyse the impact of social and cultural influences on the development of specific musical styles and identify the meaning of a variety of music signs, symbols and terms. This will be assessed firstly through internally assessed listening assessments or other written class tasks. There will be a final listening question paper at the end of the course which will be assessed and graded externally.

The final performance exam for National 5 – Higher takes place during Feb/March and the Advanced Higher takes place in May.

 

Advanced Higher Music


Course Entry Requirements – Pupils are expected to have gained an A or B at Higher in Music and English.
Pupils who choose Advanced Higher for session 2014-2015 will continue with the existing course which is divided into 3 areas of study:
• Performing
• Inventing
• Listening
Pupils are expected to perform on two instruments or one instrument and voice. They are also required to compose two complex level specific pieces of music which must be a minimum of 1 minute 30 seconds for each piece. In addition to this they will also write a Critical Analysis Essay of approximately 2000 words.
Transferrable Skills
Studying music at school or in further education can give you a wide variety of skills that are valuable to employers or any courses you might apply to:

Improved literacy and numeracy
Social skills such as team-work
Improved coordination
Good communication skills
Good work ethic and determination
Strong listening skills
Creativity and imagination
Destinations
Performer
Music Teacher
Primary Teacher
Music Instructor
Music Therapy
Broadcasting
Journalism
Music Publishing
Events Management
Sound Engineer
Composer
Arts Administration
British Forces
Acoustics & the Science of Music
Instruments Technology & Repair

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