I started at Hamilton College in 2001 in S2. I found the teachers very encouraging, helpful and always willing to make time for me. I have fond memories of my time at Hamilton College and I met some of my closest friends there.

Fraser Pender
Class of 2005

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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.