Hamilton College is a second home to me therefore it was an honour and a privilege when I was offered the opportunity to serve as the Head Girl for 2013/14. It is a memory that I shall treasure forever.

Lucy Begbie
Head Girl 2013/2014

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Music

This is a vibrant and dynamic element in the life of Hamilton College. Through the curriculum and an energetic extra-curricular programme, music contributes greatly to our positive ethos and to fostering community links. Encouraged by experienced teachers and instrumental specialists, all pupils from J1 to S6 are able to develop their talents in a well resourced environment.

A wide range of extra-curricular groups across Junior and Senior School provide a platform for numerous performances throughout the year, and concerts, European trips, stage musicals and talent shows are the norm. Pupils regularly enter the Glasgow Music Festival, represent the school at West of Scotland Independent Schools music events, and are encouraged to take ABRSM examinations.

Music is a very important part of the rich and varied celebration of individual and collective success in Hamilton College.

Within the music curriculum in S1 & S2 pupils will experience a wide range of opportunities to do topic related work which embraces three aspects of musicianship; Performing, Inventing, Listening.  Intermediate 2, Higher and Advanced Higher are all offered.

S1 & S2 Music

S1 & S2

The music curriculum is underpinned by the idea of developing three aspects of musicianship; Performing, Inventing, Listening. Therefore pupils will experience a wide range of opportunities to do topic related work which embraces all 3 skills.

In particular they will focus on individual instrumental skills, classroom group performance, and composing/improvising short pieces of music. They will also learn concepts and terminology and be able to recognise these in music which they hear.

National 4/5 Music

This course is an exciting option. It caters for the needs and interests of every pupil whether or not you are an experienced performer. It allows you the chance to develop all kinds of musical abilities and is totally relevant to the music industry in the twenty-first century. If you take music or singing lessons in or out of school you should note that this is a particularly suitable course for you to pursue.

Skills and Knowledge
A broad overview of the subject skills, knowledge and understanding that will be covered in the course includes:

  • applying compositional techniques through composing, arranging or improvising
  • knowledge of a range of music concepts, musical literacy, and styles/genres of music
  • knowledge of the social and cultural influences on music
  • reflecting on your own development of technical and musical performing skills through regular practice/rehearsal
  • applying technical and musical performing skills while exploring a variety of music
  • knowledge of skills and techniques relating to the creative use and application of music technology
  • evaluating your own work and identifying areas for improvement
  • working independently and taking responsibility for your own learning.

Learning and Teaching Methods
The course has an integrated approach to learning through practical activity. As the course is practical and experiential in nature, there is considerable scope for personalisation and choice through the activities of creating, understanding and performing music, and through the use of music technology. On completing the course you will be able to explore and experiment to create original music using a range of compositional techniques; listen to music with awareness, understanding and discrimination; and perform a programme of music with accuracy. You will also have the opportunity to apply music technology, and to reflect on and evaluate your own work and that of others to identify strategies to improve musical creativity and performance.

Careers Information
If you enjoy any sort of music, or if you want to balance your studies with creative and practical work, then you should consider this course. A natural progression would be to take music at Higher and Advanced Higher. For those wishing a career in the music industry, whether as a record producer or in film and television as well as for those wishing to teach or perform, you will find this course a worthwhile start to your studies.

Intermediate 2 Music

There are two routes to certification in the Intermediate 2 Music Course.

Music with Performing for candidates opting for the Unit: Performing (Intermediate 2)
Candidates choosing this unit will specialise in instrumental or vocal performance. This will be at least at grade 3 level.

Music with Technology for candidates opting for the Unit: Performing with Technology (Intermediate 2)
Candidates choosing this unit will specialise in MIDI PC applications as well as perform on an instrument or voice at Grade 3 level. (min)

COURSE OUTLINE
This Course consists of three 40 hour Units.  All candidates must take the two mandatory Units 

  • Music: Composing (Intermediate 2) 1 credit (40 hours)
  • Music: Listening (Intermediate 2) 1 credit (40 hours) 

and one of the following optional Units: 

  • Music: Performing (Intermediate 2) 1 credit (40 hours)
  • Music: Performing with Technology (Intermediate 2) 1 credit (40 hours) 

This course is a natural progression from S2 or as a ‘fall back’ position from Higher.

Higher Music

This course is a suitable continuation from Intermediate 2 Music or alternatively can be done as a ‘crash’ Higher with Department’s approval.

There are two routes to certification in the Higher Music Course,

Music with Performing for candidates opting for the Unit:  Performing (Higher).  Candidates choosing this unit will specialise in instrumental or vocal performance. This will be at least at grade 4 level.

Music with Technology for candidates opting for the Unit:  Performing with Technology (Higher)

Candidates choosing this unit will specialise in MIDI PC applications as well as perform on an instrument or voice at Grade 4 level. (min)

COURSE OUTLINE
This Course consists of three 40 hour Units.

All candidates must take the two mandatory Units - 
Music: Composing (Higher) 1 credit (40 hours) Music: Listening (Higher) 1 credit (40 hours)

and one of the following optional Units:
Music: Performing (Higher) 1 credit (40 hours)
Music: Performing with Technology (Higher) 1 credit (40 hours)

Advanced Higher Music

This course is a suitable continuation from Intermediate 2 Music or alternatively can be done as a ‘crash’ Higher with Department’s approval.

There are two routes to certification in the Higher Music Course,

Music with Performing for candidates opting for the Unit:  Performing (Higher).  Candidates choosing this unit will specialise in instrumental or vocal performance. This will be at least at grade 4 level.

Music with Technology for candidates opting for the Unit:  Performing with Technology (Higher)

Candidates choosing this unit will specialise in MIDI PC applications as well as perform on an instrument or voice at Grade 4 level. (min)

COURSE OUTLINE
This Course consists of three 40 hour Units.

All candidates must take the two mandatory Units - 
Music: Composing (Higher) 1 credit (40 hours)
Music: Listening (Higher) 1 credit (40 hours)

and one of the following optional Units:
Music: Performing (Higher) 1 credit (40 hours)
Music: Performing with Technology (Higher) 1 credit (40 hours)