Course Overview

Our S3 course follows the level 4 Experiences and Outcomes outlined in Curriculum for Excellence  Expressive Arts Curriculum Area. For further information on course structure and content, see the 'Resources' section.


Performance based activities either solo or in a group on two instruments of their choice.

They will also study topic based activities such as World Music; Scottish Music; Blues & Jazz Music; Music from Earlier Times and Rock & Pop music.

Teacher-led discussion, cooperative group work and formative assessment strategies are used to give pupils the opportunity to demonstrate and improve their performing skills and knowledge about music.


Each unit has an associated performing, composing or understanding music task to assess musical skills, knowledge and understanding. 


The department supports a positive homework policy.

Homework is set regularly to support and consolidate classroom experiences. Some homework assignments will require pupils to carry out research in their own time. Pupils are expected to practise their instruments for 20 minutes at least 5 times throughout the week.

Recording and Reporting

The tests form the basis for the comments in the pupil report issued to parents in March. Assessment evidence is also used to inform decisions about progression in S4, when pupils who choose to remain in the Music Department will study Music at either National 4 or National 5 Levels.