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Inverkeithing
High School

Music

Welcome to Inverkeithing High School’s Music Department          

“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.”  
                                                                                                                                                                                    - Gerald Ford

 

Staff

Miss Russell – PTC Creative Arts
Mrs McKinlay
Mrs Gorham
Mr McKay
Miss Birchall

 

Instrumental Instructors

We are supported by a fabulous team of Fife Instrumental Instructors, who provide 1-1 lessons with individual pupils and contribute to the Extra Curricular activities on offer within the Music Department.

Mr Holm (Upper Strings)
Miss Woodburn (Lower Strings)
Mr Hardy (Woodwind)
Mr Dowall (Brass)
Mr Gordon (Percussion)
Mr MacDonald (Piano)
Mr Short (Guitar)
Mr Weir (Bagpipes/Chanter)
Mr Brown (Pipe Band Drumming)

 

 

 

Extra-Curricular:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Wind Band

(Mr Dowall)

Jazz Group

(Ms Birchall)

 

Junior Choir (Mrs McKinlay)

Senior Choir (Ms Birchall)

S1/2 Music Club

Senior String Orchestra (Miss Woodburn)

Orchestra

      (Mr Hardy)        

 

 

Junior String Orchestra (Mr Holm)

 

 

BROAD GENERAL EDUCATION (S1-3)

 

BGE:

Through music, learners have rich opportunities to be creative and to experience inspiration and enjoyment. Performing and creating music will be the prominent activities for all learners. Through these activities they develop their vocal and instrumental skills, explore sounds and musical concepts, and use their imagination and skills to create musical ideas and compositions. They can further develop their understanding and capacity to enjoy music through listening to musical performances and commenting on them. They use ICT to realise or enhance their composition and performance, and to promote their understanding of how music works.

Through music our young people develop skills and qualities which prepare them for future learning, life and work:

  • Good physical dexterity, memory, and concentration developed in practice and performance.
  • Communication skills developed through performing and engaging listeners.
  • Teamwork developed through working in bands and orchestras as a player, leader or manager.
  • Self-Management, including physical and mental self-discipline achieved through regular practise.
  • Performing under pressure and overcoming nervousness in order to perform well during exams, concerts and auditions.
  • Planning which is developed through organising and working towards a project or performance.
  • Technical skills and expertise through using technology to create and record music.
  • Critical reflection through giving and receiving criticism, learning from mistakes and striving for improved performance.

 

  

 

Senior Phase Music Performance Courses:               

NATIONAL 4 COURSE    

 

Throughout SQA Music courses, candidates develop a breadth of knowledge and understanding of music concepts and musical literacy. They learn to recognise and distinguish level-specific music concepts, signs and symbols as they perform, create and listen to music. The course allows candidates to develop and consolidate practical skills in music and knowledge and understanding of music styles and concepts. It encourages them to self-reflect and explore their creative ideas. Understanding music through listening enables candidates to build on and extend their knowledge and understanding of music and influences on music. The course provides opportunities for candidates to perform a range of music in solo and/or group settings.

 

There are 4 components to the National 4 Music Course:

Components

Submissions/Deadlines/Exam Dates

Performing Skills – 2 Instruments/Voice

One piece on each instrument recorded by November. All pieces recorded by February.

Understanding Music

Unit assessments November and January

Composing Skills

Drafts in December and February. Final submission in March

Added Value Unit (AVU) - Performing

March

 

 

Performance Standard

Performance Length

National 4 (AVU)

Grade 2 and above

8 minutes (at least 2 minutes on each instrument)


Performance:
You will be required to provide evidence of musical performing skills on your two instruments, at Grade 2 level, and reflect on your performing skills. You will be expected to maintain the musical flow, and play, with acceptable accuracy, sections of your pieces of music.

 

Understanding Music:
You will study different styles of music, building on your learning in previous years. You will learn about the social and cultural influences which have influenced specific music styles, and how to identify the meaning of music signs and symbols. You will be assessed by end of unit assessments, research tasks and ongoing observation of your work in class.

 

Composition:
You will explore different methods of creating your own music. You will learn how to develop your ideas in different and imaginative ways. You will be assessed throughout the year as you work on developing your compositional skills as well as your submissions of your own composition at the given deadlines.

 

Added Value Unit:
Whilst working on your Performing Skills, you will also be working towards the Added Value Unit for N4. For this you will be assessed by a Performing Exam where you will play your full programme of music on both instruments. Your programme must last 8 minutes, but you can choose how you divide that between your two instruments (as long as you play for at least 2 minutes).Your programme needs to have at least two contrasting pieces on both instruments/voice.

NATIONAL 5 AND HIGHER COURSE

 

There are 4 components to the National 5 & Higher Music Course:

Components

Marks

% of Overall Grade

Submission/Exam Date

Instrument 1 Performance

30

25

February/March

Instrument 2 Performance

30

25

February/March

Understanding Music Question Paper

40

35

Normal SQA Exam Diet (April-June)

Composition Assignment

30

15

April

 

 

Performance Standard

Performance Length

Composition

National 5

Grade 3 and above

8 Minutes (at least 2 minutes on each instrument)

1 minute – 2 mins 30 secs

Higher

Grade 4 and above

12 Minutes (at least 4 minutes on each instrument)

1 minute – 3 mins 30 secs


Performance:
You need to be able to play a full programme of music of the correct level, on both of your instruments/voice. Your programme must last the correct length of time, but you can choose how you divide that between your two instruments (as long as you play for the minimum on each instrument) Your programme needs to have at least two contrasting pieces on both instruments/voice.

 

Understanding Music:
The paper covers a range of the styles studied at each level and involves answering questions based on listening to excerpts of music and identifying different concepts and aspects of musical literacy. During the Music course, you will study different styles of music, building on your learning in previous years. At the end of each unit, you will complete an Understanding Music assessment, in a similar layout to your final exam.

 

Composition:
The Composing component is assessed by the submission of coursework. The coursework is made up of an assignment which must have one complete piece of music that you have composed and one review of your composition process. Your review is completed on a template from the SQA and requires you to explain the main decisions you made, how you developed your ideas and identify your strengths and/or areas in which you could improve. The review will be approximately 200 to 300 words. Your assignment will be sent to the SQA to be assessed.

 

  

ADVANCED HIGHER COURSE

 

There are 4 components to the Advanced Higher Music:

Components

Marks

% of Overall Grade

Submission/Exam Date

Instrument 1 Performance

30

25

May

Instrument 2 Performance

30

25

May

Understanding Music Question Paper

40

35

Normal SQA Exam Diet (April-June)

Composition Assignment

20

15

April

 

 

Performance Standard

Performance Length

Composition

Advanced Higher

Grade 5 and above

18 minutes (at least 6 minutes on each instrument)

1 minute – 4 mins 30 secs


Performance:
You need to be able to play a full programme of music at Grade 5, or above, on both of your instruments/voice. Your programme must last the correct length of time, but you can choose how you divide that between your two instruments (as long as you play for the minimum on each instrument). Your programme needs to have at least two contrasting pieces on both instruments/voice.

 

Understanding Music:
The paper covers a range of the styles studied at each level and involves answering questions based on listening to excerpts of music and identifying different concepts and aspects of musical literacy. During the Music course, you will study different styles of music, building on your learning in previous years. At the end of each unit, you will complete an Understanding Music assessment, in a similar layout to your final exam.

 

Composition:
The Composing component is assessed by the submission of coursework. The coursework is made up of an assignment which must have one complete piece of music that you have composed, one review of your composition process and one written analysis of a piece of music of your choice. At Advanced Higher you have the option to complete an original composition or an arrangement of an existing piece of music. Your review is completed on a template from the SQA and requires you to explain the main decisions you made, how you developed your ideas and identify your strengths and/or areas in which you could improve. The review will be approximately 200 to 350 words.
For the analysis, you will choose a piece of music by a composer and analyse the key features with reference to compositional methods and music concepts. This will be approximately 600 to 800 words. Your assignment will be sent to the SQA to be assessed. The composition is worth 10 marks, the review is worth 5 marks and the analysis is worth 5 marks (this is then scaled to be worth 15% of your final grade).

                     

STUDYING MUSIC PERFORMANCE AND MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

 

    

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