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The school offers the following SQA levels in Music.

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S1-S3

The first two years in Music are performance based with learning on keyboard, bass guitar (six string in S2) and drumkit. The pupils start by gaining experience on an individual basis before moving towards performance as part of a group.

The pupils will learn skills in Listening, Musical Literacy and Music Technology.

In preparation for future study the Third Year pupils will gain a basic understanding of the National 4 requirements. This will include specialisation in two instruments.

Homework

For each year in S1-S3, pupils will be given 2 pieces of homework that are linked to the unit they are working on in class

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National 4 and 5

The National 4 and 5 Music Course enables learners to perform music, create original music using compositional methods and music concepts, and develop knowledge and understanding of music and musical literacy. The Course also enables learners to develop an understanding of the external factors that influence composers and their works.

Course Outline

  • Performing Skills (National 4 and 5)
  • Composing Skills (National 4 and 5)
  • Understanding Music (National 4 and 5)
  • Added Value Unit Music Performance (National 4)
  • External SQA exam (National 5)

Homework

Homework will be issued once per week, also at least 1 hour of practice on each instrument is required (this can be done at home or in the Music department either at lunchtimes or during study periods and twilight classes)

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Higher

The Higher Music Course provides a broad practical experience of performing and creating music and develops related knowledge and understanding of music. Learners develop their skills and creative capabilities as musicians, and gain the skills they need to perform and create music and to confidently discriminate between music concepts and styles.

Course Outline

Music: Performing Skills (Higher)

In this Unit, learners will develop performing skills two selected instruments, or on one selected instrument and voice. They will perform challenging level-specific music with sufficient accuracy and will maintain the musical flow realising the composers’ intentions. Learners will, through regular practice and critical reflection and evaluation, develop their technical and musical performing skills

Music: Composing Skills (Higher)

In this Unit, learners will experiment with, and creatively use complex compositional methods and music concepts to realise their intentions when creating original music. Learners will critically reflect on and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of their creative and musical choices and decisions. They will analyse how musicians and composers create music in different ways and how music styles are shaped by social and cultural influences.

Understanding Music (Higher)

In this Unit, through listening, learners will develop detailed knowledge and understanding of a range of complex music concepts, and music literacy. They will identify and distinguish the key features of specific music styles and recognise level-specific music concepts in excerpts of music, and music signs and symbols in notated music.

Homework

Homework will be issued once per week, also at least 1.5 hours of practice on each instrument is required (this can be done at home or in the Music department either at lunchtimes or during study periods and twilight classes)

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Advanced Higher

The Advanced Higher Music Course develops learners’ skills in performing, creating, understanding and analysing music. Learners develop the skills they need to perform challenging music with musical and technical accuracy and fluency, while realising composers’ intentions, and develop their own composing skills in sophisticated and creative ways.

The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:

♦ develop autonomy and independent thinking skills

♦ develop creativity through performing

♦ develop self-expression when creating original music

♦ develop advanced skills in musical analysis and aural discrimination

♦ develop knowledge of music and musical literacy through in-depth study and analysis

♦ evaluate their own work and that of others

Homework

Homework will be issued at least once per week.   Individual work outwith class is required for the Advanced Higher Music project and composition.  At least 2 hours of practice on each instrument is also required (this can be done at home or in the Music department either at lunchtimes or during study periods and twilight classes)

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