Music Performing Higher

Music Performing Advanced Higher

Music Performing National 4

Music Performing National 5

Music Technology Higher

Music Technology National 4

Music Technology National 5

Music Department


The music department provides pupils with the opportunity to develop interests which contribute to their personal development, enhance their quality of life and provide the skills and knowledge required to increase their appreciation and enjoyment of music. It is a busy department with extra-curricular clubs and activities running throughout the year. The department is well equipped and has recently been fitted with a suite of Macbook computers which are used for composition and sound engineering. Courses also provide the skills and knowledge required if pupils wish to proceed with the study of music at a more advanced level.

Course Outline


Courses from S1 – S3 involve 4 main elements, Composing, Listening, Sound Engineering and Performing, with pupils following the experiences and outcomes outlined in the new curriculum for excellence.

As pupils progress through school they have the opportunity to choose one of two course routes at National 4 and National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Level:

Music Performing or

Music Technology



In this unit pupils work towards creating pieces of music in a variety of different styles. Pupils will take part in a number of activities including:



Creating music

Use of technology to compose, Sibelius and Garageband

Performing and evaluating pieces composed



The emphasis in this unit is on listening to a variety of musical styles and developing an awareness of musical concepts.



This allows pupils to:

  • develop performance skills in a wide range of styles, in solo or group situations, including both instrument and voice.
  • build on previous work to achieve a higher level of skill
  • broaden your musical experience and skills
  • Pupils are expected to perform on 2 instruments


Music Technology

This course involves 3 elements

  • Understanding 20th and 21st Century music

Pupils listen to a variety of musical styles from this era and develop an awareness of musical concepts

  • Technology Skills

Pupils learn how to use recording equipment, editing recordings and adding effects to enhance quality of the piece. They learn how to work the PA system, setting up and controlling sound at concerts in the school. They also research and learn about technological advances in recording sound during the 20th and 21st Centuries.

  • Technology in Context

For this part of the course pupils complete a variety of pieces of work using the technology skills learned in class. These range from creating recordings of bands and groups, creating podcasts or radio broadcasts to creating music / sound effects to accompanying a drama performance or short film.


Extra-Curricular Activities

These may vary at different times of the year; in recent sessions they have included Glee club, ceilidh band, woodwind group, guitar group and percussion group. These groups have the opportunity to perform throughout the year at various events both in and out of school.

The department holds a Concert in December and a Musician of the Year contest in March. These give a platform to showcase the talent within the school and involve a large number of pupils in a variety of contexts.

Trips, Visits and Workshops

Pupils may be given the opportunity to go and see musical performances / concerts and to take part in workshops.


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