Music

 

Instrumental Music Teachers:

Ms T Dance (Cello & Viola)

Mr J Dickson (Brass)

Miss S Docherty (Woodwind)              

Mrs A Dougan (Piano)

Mrs F Mitchell (Voice)

Mr A Pilcher (Guitar)

Mrs C Timmins (Violin)

Ms B Waddell (Percussion)

 

 

The music department provides opportunities for learners to develop practical skills in creating and performing music, while developing their understanding of a range of music styles.  It aims to meet the needs of a wide variety of learners with a range of musical interests.

 

Learners will develop their knowledge of music concepts and music literacy through composing, listening and performing activities.  Students have opportunities to work on their own, in ensembles and in whole class activities.  The various approaches involved build pupil‘s self-esteem, confidence as well as overall health and well-being.

Broad General Education (S1 -S3)

S1-S2 pupils will develop their skills on all classroom instruments, including keyboard, tuned percussion, ukulele, guitar, bass guitar, drum kit and voice. Pupils will learn and perform solo pieces on these instruments as well as playing them as part of a group performance.

 

Pupils will develop an understanding of musical styles and concepts through listening to wide range of music, including Scottish music, Popular music and Film music.  They will also develop music theory and literacy skills that will help them read and write music notation.

 

As they learn about the composition process, pupils will work both individually and in small groups to explore and create their own music.  They will do this through various practical activities that will allow them to use their performing skills as part of the process.

 

Music Technology is embedded into the BGE curriculum and pupils will learn how to use programmes such as Mixcraft (recording/MIDI software) and Sibelius (music notation software).  Various projects will provide them with the skills required to create audiobooks and music for animations.

 

In S3 the curriculum is split into two discreet courses: Music and Music Technology.  Pupils can choose to continue their studies in either or both of these courses.

Senior Phase (S4 - S6)

The music department offers courses in:

 

Music (National 3 to Advanced Higher)

 

Music Technology (National 3 to Higher)

 

 

Music

There are three elements to the National 3 – Advanced Higher Music courses:

 

  • Performing
  • Understanding Music
  • Composition

 

A brief overview of the requirements of each course is as follows:

 

 

N5 Music

Performing

(25% for each instrument/voice)

 

Perform at least 2 contrasting pieces on 2 instruments or one instrument and voice.  Grade 3 standard. Total time = 8-8 ½ min programme

 

Understanding Music (35%)

 

Listening exam that covers music concepts from a range of styles and also music theory

 

Composition (15%)

 

Submit a composition between 1min and 2min 30s along with a score/performance plan and evaluation.

 

 

 

Higher Music

Performing

(30% for each instrument/voice)

 

Perform at least 2 contrasting pieces on 2 instruments or one instrument and voice.  Grade 4 standard Total time = 12-13 min programme

 

Understanding Music (40%)

 

Listening exam that covers music concepts from a range of styles and also music theory

 

Composition (Pass/Fail Unit Assessment)

 

A composition that explores and develops musical ideas with at least 8 concepts being showcased.

 

 

 

Advanced Higher Music

Performing

(30% for each instrument/voice)

 

Perform at least 2 contrasting pieces on 2 instruments or one instrument and voice.  Grade 5 standard. Total time = 18-20 min programme

 

Understanding Music (40%)

 

Listening exam that covers music concepts from a range of styles and also music theory

 

Composition (Pass/Fail Unit Assessment)

 

A composition that explores and develops musical ideas with at least 12 concepts being showcased.

 

Music Technology

There are three areas for study in Music Technology, as shown in the grid below.  Being able to play an instrument is not essential in this course, although it can be an asset when it comes to recording.

 

National 5 Music

Music Technology Skills

In this Unit, learners will develop a range of skills and techniques relating to the creative use of music technology hardware and software to capture and manipulate audio. Learners will explore a range of uses of this technology through practical activities.

 

Understanding 20th and 21st Century Music

In this Unit, learners will develop knowledge and understanding of 20th and 21st century musical styles and genres, and an understanding of how music technology has influenced and been influenced by 20th and 21st century musical developments.  Learners will develop a broad understanding of the music industry, including a basic awareness of the implications of intellectual property rights.

 

Music Technology in Context

In this Unit, learners will use music technology skills in a range of contexts such as live performance, radio broadcast, composing and/or sound design for film, TV themes, adverts and computer gaming.