Aims of the course:
- Broaden 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.
Performing Skills – on two instruments/one instrument & voice
Overall 12-13 minute programme and at least one instrument must be a minimum of 4 minutes
There must be a minimum of at least 2 contrasting pieces for each instrument at ABRSM Grade 4 or similar difficulty level.
Each piece will be marked out of 10 marks. Criteria as follows:
- Melodic Accuracy and tuning
- Rhythmic accuracy
- Maintaining tempo and flow
- Musicality through mood and tone
Overall mark is scaled to achieve final mark.
Controlled assessment – marked by SQA visiting examiner (February/March) and QA by SQA.
50% of total mark
Question Paper /40 marks
Marks are awarded for:
- Identifying and using concepts in a range of excerpts of music and styles.
- Applying musical literacy.
The paper is set and marked by SQA and conducted in centres for external examination by SQA.
Mandatory concepts at National 5 are built upon previous knowledge. It is therefore recognised that all students will have a secure understanding of concepts at Nat 3 and Nat 4 also see full list of concepts for all levels on NQ website. Question Paper is timetabled in May.
35% of total mark
The purpose of the composing assignment is to explore and develop musical ideas to create music. The assignment is marked on the basis of the following two parts:
- Composing one piece of music (20 marks)
- Reviewing the composing process (10 marks)
The composed piece may be in any style and must last between a minimum of 1 minute and a maximum of 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
For the composition candidates are required to:
- Plan the assignment
- Explore and develop musical ideas using at least four of the elements:
MELODY, HARMONY, RHYTHM, TIMBRE & STRUCTURE, one of which must be HARMONY
- Create one complete piece of music
For the composing review, candidates are required to:
- Provide a detailed account of the main decisions when exploring and developing their musical ideas
- Identify strengths and areas which may be improved.
Your completed assignment must include all of the following:
- An audio recording
- A score or performance plan
- A composing review
15% of total mark
Question Paper 35%
TOTAL – 100 marks
Grading – A – D