Music

Expressive Arts Department

S1-S6 AIMS

To explore and develop your musical skills and experiences in three areas: performing, composition and understanding music. The use of technology and access to instruments in class and at home is very important.

S1-S3

BGE

Performing

To develop performing skills on 2 chosen instruments, using regular practice. The choice of instruments are:

  • Keyboard
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Drum kit.

Other instruments students may develop are voice, piano, brass, woodwind, strings and bagpipes. Pupils will be working at CFE level 3/4 eventually aiming towards National 4/5 in S4. Pupils will practice instruments in class for 25 minutes each period. Pupils will also get the opportunity to continue to develop their skills at home, staff will work closely with parents to advise about the purchase (or loan) of instruments.

The department will be open at intervals and lunchtimes to allow extra practice on an instrument.

Composition

To explore and experiment with a range of compositional techniques. Learners will creatively apply their understanding of musical styles and the social and cultural influences on music in their work. Pupils will create 1 final composition at CFE level 3/4 using the computer.

Understanding Music

To develop knowledge and understanding of music, music concepts and musical literacy. Pupils will cover a short course and will complete assessments throughout the year. Support materials will be available on Glow and Show My Homework. The use of Internet will be encouraged.

S4-S6

National 4-7, Higher & Advanced Higher

Aims

To explore and develop your musical skills and experiences in three areas: performing, composition and understanding music.

National 4

N4 pupils will complete an understanding music course, a composition and 4 minutes of performing on 2 instruments.

National 5

  • 2 instruments 8 mins
  • 1 composition and review
  • Understanding Music written paper

Higher

  • 2 instruments 12 mins
  • 1 composition and review
  • Understanding Music written paper

Advanced Higher

  • 2 instruments 20 mins
  • 1 composition and review
  • Understanding Music written paper

Progression is the main focus in the music department from 1 level to another. We also consider positive destinations at the earliest point in a pupils development and will discuss with parents the possibility of studying music at further education.

Careers & Other Information

There are a wide variety of further education courses associated with Music such as Performing, Music Production and Marketing, Music Therapy, Education and Sound Engineering. Please use the website link below to further develop your understanding of career pathways.

https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/my-career-options/creative

Meet The Department

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Mr Reed

P.T Expressive Arts
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Ms Hutchison

P.T Guidance - Doune
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Mr Johnson

Music Teacher
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Mr Welsh

Percussion Instructor
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Mr Miller

Bagpipe Instructor
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Mr McAughtrie

Brass Instructor
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Mr Henderson

Guitar Instructor
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Mr Gonzalez

Woodwind Instructor
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Mr Fullerton

Pipe Band Drumming Instructor