Music S5 and S6

Higher

While entry is at the discretion of the centre, pupils would normally be expected to have attained an N5 award.

Music with Performing

Course Outline

Pupils are required to perform on 2 instruments, compose and listen.

 

Performing – each instrument is worth 30% of the marks

Instruments should be chosen from the following categories

 

Bagpipes                     Guitar/Bass Guitar                  Tuned Percussion

Brass                           Keyboard/ Piano                     Voice

Drumkit                      Woodwind

 

Composing – Pupils are required to produce a folio of music. Pupils should demonstrate an ability to analyse music and use this information to create their own composition.  Pupils are encouraged to develop their technology skills by using the computer and Sibelius program to help with composition. This unit is marked Pass/Fail. However pupils need to pass this in order to achieve the full course award.

 

Listening – this element is worth 40% of the marks

Pupils will study different styles of music and develop aural recognition of musical concepts, ensembles etc as well as develop knowledge of musical literacy.

 

Assessment

A Visiting Examiner will assess performance, on both instruments, in March of S5. Composing will be internally assessed and externally moderated. Listening will be assessed by a written paper taken during the main diet of examinations in May/June.

 

Advanced Higher

 

While entry is at the discretion of the centre, pupils would normally be expected to have attained a Higher award.

 

Music with Performing

Course Outline

Pupils are required to perform on 2 instruments, compose and listen.

 

Performing – each instrument is worth 30% of the marks

Instruments should be chosen from the following categories

 

Bagpipes                     Guitar/Bass Guitar                  Tuned Percussion

Brass                           Keyboard/ Piano                     Voice

Drumkit                      Woodwind

 

Composing – Pupils are required to compose two pieces of music. Pupils are encouraged to develop their technology skills by using the computer and Sibelius program to help with composition. This unit is marked Pass/Fail. However pupils need to pass this in order to achieve the full course award.

Advanced Higher – the folio should consist of 2 compositions each lasting a minimum of 1 ½ minutes.

 

Listening – this element is worth 40% of the marks

Pupils will study different styles of music and develop aural recognition of musical concepts, ensembles etc as well as develop knowledge of musical literacy.

Pupils have to produce a 1500 word commentary demonstrating a sound knowledge as well as personal reflection of the pieces chosen to study. The commentary is marked Pass/ Fail. However pupils need to pass this in order to achieve the full course award.

 

Assessment

A Visiting Examiner will assess performance, on both instruments, in May of S6. Composing will be internally assessed and externally moderated. The listening dissertation will be internally assessed and externally moderated. Listening will be assessed by a written paper taken during the main diet of examinations in May/June.

 

S3 – S6

Daily practice is essential.  Those who do not have access to an instrument at home are expected to practice in the Music department at interval/lunchtime or during supported study.  Practical work is monitored regularly by teachers to ensure that progress is being made.  Written homework is marked by the teacher.

 

Worksheets, musical dictionary and revision materials are issued to reinforce listening concepts taught in class. Homework tasks are issued on a weekly basis. As 60% of the certificate Music course is practical based, pupils are strongly encouraged to attend supported study classes to further their practical skills. The department issues pupils with a list of reputable websites which pupils can access to enhance listening skills and practise exam type questions.

 

Useful websites

 

Online Concepts Dictionary and other course topics as well as exam type questions.

 

http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/nq/resources/learnlisteningonline/index.asp

http://www.same.org.uk

http://educationscotland.gov.uk/nqmusic/

 

 

Literacy websites

 

www.musictheory.net – music theory

www.musicteachers.co.uk – note reading games

 

Guides to orchestral instruments

http://www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras/guide/

 

http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/thesoundexchange/the_orchestra/

 

http://www.artsalive.ca/en/mus/instrumentlab/

 

http://www.dsokids.com/2001/instrumentchart.htm

http://www.brottmusic.com/educationmain/Instruments.htm

 

http://www.thirteen.org/publicarts/orchestra/

 

Guide to orchestral and band instruments

http://ngfl.northumberland.gov.uk/music/orchestra/default.htm

 

Baroque Dance video clips

http://music.cwru.edu/duffin/dance/default.html

 

General Music Websites

 

www.musiclisteningrevision.co.uk – listening revision

www.playmusic.org – orchestral instruments

www.essentialsofmusic.com – music periods, composers, history of music

www.bbc.co.uk/schools – BBC Bitesize music, various agegroups

www.sfskids.org – orchestra and musical games

www.nyphilkids.org – orchestra and musical games

www.songwritingtipoftheday.com – songwriting

www.bgfl.org – virtual keyboard