Purpose and aims
The purpose of the National 3/4/5 Music course is to provide candidates with a broad practical experience of performing, creating and understanding music. The course enables candidates to work independently or in collaboration with others, and can help them to plan and organise, to make decisions and to take responsibility for their own learning. The course aims to enable candidates to:
¨ broaden their knowledge and understanding of music and musical literacy by listening to music and identifying level-specific music concepts, signs and symbols
¨ create original music using compositional methods
¨ perform music
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for learners with an interest in developing their skills in music and general understanding of music. The course allows learners to consolidate and reinforce prior skills in music, and knowledge and understanding of music developed through other qualifications or experience. It can also provide a pathway for those who want to progress to higher levels of study. The course takes account of the needs of different learners and can be contextualised to suit a diverse range of learner needs, interests and aspirations.
There is considerable scope for personalisation and choice through the activities of performing, creating and listening to music, and through opportunities for using music technology to create music.
In the course, candidates draw upon their understanding of music styles and concepts as they experiment with these in creative ways when performing and creating music. Candidates experiment with and use music concepts in creative ways, within a range of compositional methods, as they compose original music and self-reflect on their creative choices.
Through listening, candidates develop knowledge and understanding of a variety of music styles, level-specific concepts, signs and symbols used in music notation. Candidates develop their performing skills on two selected instruments, or on one selected instrument and voice through regular practice and self-reflection.
Skills, knowledge and understanding Skills, knowledge and understanding for the course
The following provides a broad overview of the subject skills, knowledge and understanding developed in the course:
¨ skills in listening to music to promote aural perception and discrimination
¨ knowledge and understanding of music styles, concepts, notation signs and symbols
¨ skills in creating original music using compositional methods
¨ reviewing the creative process and evaluating own composing
¨ skills in performing music on two contrasting instruments in contrasting styles
¨ self-reflection and review of rehearsal and practice skills