Pupils are required to perform on 2 instruments or one instrument and voice at all levels.
At N3, pupils will continually record their progress on both instruments and this will be assessed internally on a pass/fail basis.
At N4, pupils are required to prepare an 8 minute programme which should include a minimum of two contrasting pieces on both instruments/voice. This will be assessed internally under exam conditions around Feb/March time.
At N5, pupils are required to prepare an 8 minute programme which should include a minimum of two contrasting pieces on both instruments/voice. This will be assessed by a visiting examiner around Feb/March time.
Pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of music, music concepts and musical literacy.
Through researching, discussing and analysing a variety of musical styles and periods, pupils will gain and understanding of the structure of pieces and the concepts required at their level of study. Musical literacy skills will also be developed.
Pupils will continually record their progress and understanding within this element of the course. This will provide the necessary evidence required for assessment at N3 and N4 levels which will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.
At N5, pupils will sit an Understanding Music paper in May.
Pupils are required to experiment using a range of compositional methods and music concepts in creative ways.
Pupils will continually record their progress, showing development of compositional skills and making use of a range of musical concepts. As well as building a bank of short compositional excerpts, pupils are required to prepare one final piece at the appropriate level.
At N3 and N4, this unit will be internally assessed on a pass/fail basis at all levels. N5 pupils will have to submit their composition and evaluation to the SQA where it will be awarded a mark which will contribute to their overall award.