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Course Overview

The following links give an overview of the courses and contents offered in Music:

 

S1 Overview

S2 Overview

S3 Overview

S4 Overview

S5/S6 Overview

Supported Study

 

Music supported study currently runs on a Thursday lunchtime with Miss Macintosh. The focus of this will be performing. After school supported study will also be coming soon! The Music Department will offer a variety of supported study opportunities when Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Senior pupils are always welcome to practice in the music department at lunch and / or after school when working towards their SQA performance exam.

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

 

Due to Covid-19 restriction many of our extra-curricular activities have been put on hold. Currently we are offering the following musical activities:

Wednesday – Keyboard Club

Friday – Guitar Club

Once we are able we will also be offering junior and senior choir, musical theatre – leading to a school show, staff band and various small ensembles.

 

Partnerships/DYW Links

 

Over the years the faculty has created a strong partnership with the Harbour Arts Centre. Every year we have a concert in the HAC celebrating the work of pupils from Art and Music. This is something that we cannot wait to continue once it is safe to do so again! At this time many other partnerships have been put on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions but we look forward to welcoming partners into our new faculty to provide the young people with as many opportunities as possible.

The music department work closely with the North Ayrshire Instrumental Service and the Irvine Rotary Club to give our young people even more opportunities to perform.

DYW

The faculty are looking forward to working with Miss McNeil (PT DYW) to develop career education and embed this in our courses.

 

My World of Work:

https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/my-career-options/subjects?group=job_profile&subjects=1936

 

https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/my-career-options/subjects?group=job_profile&subjects=5086

The Creative Arts department teaches Music up to Advanced Higher level.

Course Overview

 

S1

Pupils will learn performing skills on Keyboard, Guitar, Drumkit and Tuned Percussion throughout S1. At the end of the year pupils will choose 2 instruments from those listed above to be their specialist instruments for the remainder of S1 and S2.

 

We will also cover the following ‘Understanding Music’ units where pupils will learn key musical styles, terms and features:

Unit 1: Musical Notation

Unit 2: Instruments of the Orchestra

Unit 3: Scottish & World Music

Unit 4: Popular Music

 

S2

Pupils will continue to develop performing skills on 2 chosen instruments by playing a variety styles and genres.

 

We will also cover the following ‘Understanding Music’ units where pupils will learn key musical styles, terms and features:

Unit 1: Musicals

Unit 2: Jazz & Blues

Unit 3: Introduction to Music Technology

Unit 4: Song Writing & Popular Music

 

S3

Pupils will continue to develop performing skills on 2 chosen instruments by playing a variety styles and genres.

 

We will also cover the following ‘Understanding Music’ units where pupils will learn key musical styles, terms and features:

Unit 1: Scottish Music

Unit 2: Spooky Music

Unit 3: Musical Eras

 

S4 - N3/N4/N5/H/AdvH

Pupils will continue to develop performing skills on 2 chosen instruments by playing a variety styles and genres. They will create a performance programme to be assessed by SQA in March. The timings are as follows:

National 5 – between 8:00 and 8:30 across both instruments

Higher – between 12:00 and 13:00 across both instruments

Advanced Higher – between 18:00 and 20:00 across both instruments

 

Pupils will compose a piece of original music showcasing a variety of the musical features covered throughout the understanding course. They are awarded marks for creativity and musical development.

 

We will also cover the following ‘Understanding Music’ units where pupils will learn key musical styles, terms and features:

National 5:

Unit 1: Instrumental Music

Unit 2: Vocal Music

Unit 3: Popular Music

Unit 4: Scottish & World Music

Unit 5: Musical Eras

 

Higher/Advanced Higher

Unit 1: Early Music

Unit 2: Baroque Music

Unit 3: Classical Music

Unit 4: Romantic Music

Unit 5: Modern Music