Music Higher & Advanced Higher

Music Higher

Content and assessment

  • There are two routes in the Higher Music course :
  • Music with Performing
  • Music with Technology
  • The course consists of three 40-hour units.
  • All candidates must take the two mandatory units :
  • Music : Composing
  • Music : Listening;

And one of these optional units :

  • Music : Performing
  • Music : Performing with Technology.

Performing is at the centre of the Higher Music course. Candidates who wish to concentrate on instrumental or vocal performance will choose the optional ‘Performing’ unit while those who wish to study performance in the context of music production will choose the optional ‘Performing with Technology’ unit.

Assessment

Higher Music with Performing

  • Two instruments (minimum level Grade 4) 60 marks (2 x 30 marks), or one instrument and accompanying 60 marks (2 x 30 marks)
  • Listening 40 marks
  • Compulsory composing unit Pass/Fail
  • Pieces must be from the Associated Board or other body, repertoire list or have been sent in and accepted by the SQA. The Examiner will ‘sample’ the performance on both instruments and the accompanying for which there will also be two minutes of sight reading.
  • Listening is assessed by a question paper and composing requires an audio folio of two minimum one-minute pieces (moderated).

Higher Music with Technology

  • One instrument (minimum level Grade 4) 30 marks
  • Folio of finished product midi sequencing, or sound engineering 30 marks
  • Listening 40 marks
  • Compulsory composing unit Pass/Fail
  • Pieces must be from the Associated Board or other body, repertoire list or have been sent in and accepted by the SQA. Assessment is by central marking (the Centre submits a recording).
  • The technology requirement is a folio of one midi-sequenced composition supported by a session log or a folio of stereo master recordings supported by a session log.
  • Listening is assessed by a question paper and composing requires an audio folio of two minimum one-minute pieces (moderated).

Homework

It is expected that one to two hours homework per week will be necessary for all written and practical work.

Value of the course

Engaging in some form of musical activity plays a prominent part in our cultural life. Through your experience of the three musical activities of performing, listening and composing, you will acquire a practical knowledge while developing skills for further study and enjoyment of music. The course is designed to serve the needs of those who wish to study music as part of a general education, those who wish to pursue a leisure interest in music and those who intend to follow a career in music.

Entry requirements

National 5 Music/Grade 4 associated board or equivalent.

Music Advanced Higher

Content and assessment

  • There are two routes in the Advanced Higher Music course :
  • Music with Performing
  • Music with Technology.

The course consists of three 40-hour units.

All candidates must take the two mandatory units :

  • Music: Composing
  • Music: Listening;

And one of these optional units :

  • Music: Performing
  • Music: Performing with Technology.

Performing is at the centre of the Advanced Higher Music course. Candidates who wish to concentrate on instrumental or vocal performance will choose the optional ‘Performing’ unit while those who wish to study performance in the context of music production will choose the optional ‘Performing with Technology’ unit.

Candidates will have the opportunity to develop performance skills solo and/or in group in one of the combinations below:

  • two instruments;
  • one instrument and voice;
  • one instrument/voice and accompanying.

Homework

Two hours homework per week will be required for all written and practical studies.

Value of course 

Engaging in some form of musical activity plays a prominent part in our cultural life. Through your experience of the three musical activities of performing, listening and composing, you will acquire a practical knowledge while developing skills for further study and enjoyment of music. The course is designed to serve the needs of those who wish to study music as part of a general education, those who wish to pursue a leisure interest in music and those who intend to follow a career in music.

Entry requirements

Higher Music / Grade 5 Associated Board or equivalent.

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