Higher Music

Aims of the Course

  • The Higher Music Course is designed to help learners develop their knowledge of music concepts and music literacy and to integrate and apply this understanding in practical learning activities.
  • Develop performing skills in solo and/or group settings on their selected instruments or on one instrument and voice.
  • Perform challenging music with sufficient accuracy while maintaining the musical flow.
  • Create original music using compositional methods and music concepts creatively when composing, arranging or improvising.
  • Broaden their knowledge and understanding of music and musical literacy and identifying a range of music signs, symbols and music concepts.
  • Critically reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others.


Description of the Course

The course has 3 elements:

  • Performance – You will learn and perform music in a variety of styles and genres and developing skills on the 2 chosen instruments. By the end of the course you must reach Grade 4 standard or above.
  • Composition – You will study composer’s work and learn how to use compositional techniques to compose an original piece of music lasting 1 minutes to 3 min 30 seconds.
  • Understanding Music: You will develop a knowledge and understanding of musical concepts, musical theory and a range of musical styles and periods.

How is the Course assessed?

  • Performing is assessed by a visiting examiner and is worth 50% of the course award/final grade.
  • Listening skills are assessed in a 1 hour written listening exam and is worth 35% of the course award/final grade.
  • Composing is assessed by SQA and will be worth 15% of the overall course award/final grade.