National 4/5 Music

BBC Orchestra comes to PGHSNational Qualifications in Music provide learners with a broad, practical experience of performing and creating music. Learners develop performing skills in solo and/or group settings using two selected instruments or one instrument and voice. These Courses also enable learners to develop composing skills and broaden their understanding of music concepts and styles.

National 4 Music

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The National 4 Music Course enables learners to perform music, create original music using compositional methods and music concepts, and develop knowledge and understanding of music and musical literacy. The Course also enables learners to develop an understanding of the external factors that influence composers and their works.

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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.

MusicTo 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.

Music: Performing Skills (National 4)
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 (National 4)
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 musicians develop their ideas and create their music.

Understanding Music (National 4)
In this Unit, through listening, learners will develop knowledge and understanding of a variety of level-specific music concepts and music literacy. They will listen to music extracts and identify which specific music concepts are used and where these appear in the music. They will develop an understanding of the distinctive sounds of specific music styles and common music signs, symbols and terms used in music notation.

Added Value Unit: Music Performance (National 4)
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.

National 5 Music

The National 5 Music Course enables learners to perform challenging music, create original music using compositional methods and music concepts, and broaden their knowledge and understanding of music and musical literacy. The Course also enables learners to develop knowledge of the social and cultural factors that influence music.

Course structure
The Course has an integrated approach to learning and includes a mixture of practical learning, and understanding of music. In the Course learners will draw upon their understanding of music styles and concepts as they experiment with using these in creative ways when performing and creating music.

To achieve the Course, learners must successfully complete the three mandatory Units, and the Course assessment. Each of the component Units of the Course are designed to provide progression to the corresponding Units at Higher.

Music: Performing Skills (National 5)
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 and will maintain the musical flow. Learners will, through regular practice and self-reflection, develop technical, musical and performing skills.

Music: Composing Skills (National 5)
In this Unit, learners will experiment with, and use a range of compositional methods and music concepts in creative ways to realise their intentions when creating original music. Learners will self-reflect on their creative choices and decisions and will develop their understanding of how musicians develop their ideas and create their music and the things that influence their work.

Understanding Music (National 5)
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 and recognise specific music styles and concepts, and music signs and symbols used in music notation.

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