S3 Music

Music Performing
The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:
• develop performing skills in solo and/or group settings on their selected instruments or on one instrument and voice
• perform music with sufficient accuracy while maintaining the musical flow
• create original music using compositional methods and music concepts when composing, arranging or improvising
• develop knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural factors influencing music
• develop knowledge and understanding of music and musical literacy by listening to music and identifying level-specific music signs, symbols and concepts
• reflect on their own work and that of others

Course structure
The Course has an integrated approach to learning and includes a mixture of practical learning and underpinning understanding of music. In the Course learners will draw on their understanding of music styles and concepts as they experiment with using these when performing and creating music.
To achieve the Course, learners must successfully complete the three mandatory Units and the Added Value Unit. Each of the component Units of the Course is designed to provide progression to the corresponding Unit at National 5.
Units are statements of standards for assessment and not programmes of learning and teaching. They can be delivered in a number of ways.
Music: Performing Skills
In this Unit, learners will develop performing skills on two selected instruments, or on one selected instrument and voice. They will perform level-specific music with sufficient accuracy while maintaining the musical flow. Learners will, through regular practice and reflection, develop technical and musical performing skills.
Music: Composing Skills
In this Unit, learners will experiment with and use compositional methods and music concepts in imaginative ways when creating their own music. Learners will reflect on their own creative choices and decisions, and develop a basic understanding of how composers develop their ideas and create their music.
Understanding Music
In this Unit, through listening, learners will develop knowledge and understanding of a variety of level-specific music concepts and music literacy. They will identify the distinguishing features of specific music styles, recognise music concepts in excerpts of music, and understand and recognise common music signs and symbols used in music notation.
Added Value Unit: Music Performance
This Unit adds value by introducing challenge and application. In the music performance, learners will draw on and extend their performing skills in a new context. Learners will prepare and perform a programme of music in a solo setting and/or as part of a group.

Music Technology
The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:
• develop basic skills in the use of music technology hardware and software to capture and manipulate audio
• use music technology creatively in sound production in straightforward contexts
• develop understanding of a range of 20th and 21st century musical styles and genres
• reflect on their own work and that of others

Course structure
The Course consists of three mandatory Units. Each of the component Units of the Course is designed to provide progression from the corresponding Unit at National 3 and to the corresponding Unit at National 5.
Music Technology Skills
In this Unit, learners will develop skills and techniques relating to the 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 related music technology developments.
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.
Conditions of award
To achieve the Music Technology Course outcomes, learners must pass all of the required Units, including the Added Value Unit. The required Units are shown in the Course outline section.
National 4 Courses are not graded.
Skills, knowledge and understanding
Full skills, knowledge and understanding for the Course are given in the Added Value Unit Specification. A broad overview of the mandatory subject skills, knowledge and understanding that will be assessed in the Course is given in this section. This covers:
• basic skills in using music technology hardware and software to capture and manipulate audio
• knowledge of music technology hardware
• knowledge of features and functions of music technology software
• application of music technology in creative ways
• planning, implementation and simple evaluation of a sound production
• awareness of a range of contexts in which music technology can be applied
• knowledge and understanding of 20th and 21st century musical styles and genres, and how they relate to the development of music technology
• the ability to reflect on own work