Throughout the S3 course, in addition to the development of music skills, learners develop thinking skills, life skills, and self-discipline as they perform, analyse and compose music.

There are many ways in which music can contribute to Health and Wellbeing. Performing music is an outlet for personal expression and helps develop self-confidence.

Learners are given opportunities to express their creativity and work cooperatively with others.

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The areas of skill development are:

Performing Skills

  • Specialisation in two instruments (of which voice can be one).  These are instruments that learners enjoy playing and want to put effort into practising at home as well as school.  They could be classroom instruments such as drumkit or keyboard, or could be instruments in which learners receive instruction, such as trumpet or flute.
  • Opportunity to learn a varied selection of pieces through the year on the two instruments.
  • Developing skills in reading notation.


Composing Skills

  • By studying how composers put musical ideas together, learners improvise and compose their own music.
  • Music technology can be used to record, produce and enhance pieces, utilising software such as Sibelius and Mixcraft.


Listening/Understanding Music Skills

  • Learners listen to a wide range of music and learn to identify the key features of the different styles.
  • Topics include Vocal Music, Scottish Music, Jazz, World Music and Instrumental Families.