Music - National Qualifications
St. Margaret’s  High School

Nat 4

At National 4 level in Music pupils will complete a course of 3 units and an added value unit which will lead to an overall course award.
 
Performing Skills
Pupils will be expected to develop their skills on 2 chosen instruments and keep an up to date log of their progress. In this log pupils will set targets and evaluate their performing techniques and look at further steps for development. A recording of a piece of music on each instrument is also required to pass the unit.
 
Understanding Music
Pupils will learn a variety of level specific musical concepts and put them into context within different styles of music. Pupils will evaluate and explore pre chosen pieces of music and focus on identifying concepts and musical symbols within. Pupils will be required to complete a presentation or written report based on a chosen genre in which they will explore the social and cultural influences as well as familiarising themselves with famous composers and pieces of music. Pupils will participate in short listening assessments throughout the course.
 
Composing Skills
In this unit pupils will look at specific pieces of music and focus on the composing approach and techniques used by the composer. They will identify concepts which have be used and discuss the reasons behind the composers’ intentions. Pupils will then use the techniques they have identified to write their own piece of music. They will develop it gradually using ideas learned from their analysis of compositional styles.
 
Added Value Unit
The Added Value Unit requires pupils to prepare an 8 minute programme of music across 2 instruments. The pieces must be at least grade 4 level and meet SQA criteria. Pupils will be required to perform this programme in an internal performing exam where they will be recorded. Pupils will be required to evaluate their performance immediately following the assessment to ensure a pass.  


 

Nat 5

At National 5 level in Music pupils will complete a course of 3 units. There will be an external course assessment which will decide their overall grade at the end of the course.
 
Performing Skills
Pupils will be expected to develop their skills on 2 chosen instruments and keep an up to date log of their progress. In this log pupils will set targets and evaluate their performing techniques and look at further steps for development. A recording of a piece of music on each instrument is also required to pass the unit.
 
Understanding Music
Pupils will learn a variety of level specific musical concepts and put them into context within different styles of music. Pupils will evaluate and explore pre chosen pieces of music and focus on identifying concepts and musical symbols within. Pupils will be required to complete a presentation or written report based on a chosen genre in which they will explore the social and cultural influences as well as familiarising themselves with famous composers and pieces of music. Pupils will participate in short listening assessments throughout the course.
 
Composing Skills
In this unit pupils will look at specific pieces of music and focus on the composing approach and techniques used by the composer. They will identify concepts which have be used and discuss the reasons behind the composers’ intentions. Pupils will then use the techniques they have identified to write their own piece of music. They will develop it gradually using ideas learned from their analysis of compositional styles.
 
Course Assessment
The course assessment is divided into 2 areas. 60% of the overall mark is based on an external performing exam where pupils will perform a prepared programme lasting 8 minutes across 2 instruments in front of a visiting SQA examiner. All pieces in their programme must be grade 5 level and meet SQA criteria.
40% of their overall grade will come from an extrenal listening test based on the concepts they have learned throughout the course. 

 


 
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