Music

S1 Music
In S1, pupils learn about various genres of music, from Scottish, World to Blues.  They learn about various artists and composers and how to compose music themselves.   Throughout the year, S1’s focus on performing skills and learn how to read music on the:

  • Ukulele
  • Keyboard
  • Drums
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guitars

S2 Music
At the beginning of S2, the pupils work through an Expressive Arts rota (Art, Drama and Music) focusing on a film genre theme.  After this, the pupils focus on a range of the following topics:

  • The History of Popular Music From the 1900s
  • Group and Solo Performing
  • Music Technology (Live Recording, Sound Effects, Radio Broadcasting)
  • Live Lounge Band Projects
  • Musicals and Voice Types
  • Aleatoric Composition

S3 Music
S3 Music is an extension of S2 Music, focusing on greater Performing, Composing and Understanding Music skills.  Pupils focus on a range of the following topics:

  • The Music of Scotland and Beyond
  • Music in the Media
  • Solo Performing
  • Group Music Making
  • A continuation of Music Technology (Christmas Animation and The History of Technology)

National 3, 4 & 5 Music
The National Music course consists of the following:

  • Performing Skills
  • Composing Skills
  • Understanding Music
  • Course Assessment – Performing Exam 50% Question Paper 35% Composing 15%

Higher Music
The Higher Music Course consists of the following units and assessments:

  • Performing Skills Unit
  • Composing Skills Unit
  • Understanding Music Unit
  • Course Assessment – Performing Exam 60% Question Paper 40%

Advanced Higher Music
The Advanced Higher Music Course consists of the following units and assessments:

  • Performing Skills Unit
  • Composing Skills Unit
  • Understanding and Analysing Music Unit
  • Course Assessment – Performing Exam 60% Question Paper 40%

College and University Courses in Music

  • Aberdeen University BMus (Performing, Composing or Teaching options)
  • University of Edinburgh (Performing, Composing or Teaching Options)
  • University of the Highlands and Islands (BA Popular Music)
  • University of the West of Scotland (Commercial Music)
  • Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD)
  • Aberdeen College NESCOL HND Music
  • Glasgow Caledonia University (GCU)
  • Riverside Music Complex
  • University of Glasgow
  • Edinburgh Napier