Music National 4

Course Outline 

The National 4 Music course aims to make pupils aware of Music from different cultures around the world.

If you choose National 4 Music the three elements of Music that you will study are– Performing, Understanding Music & Composing.


You will perform on two instruments or one instrument and voice. As you develop skills, the assessment level most suitable for you will be decided.

Activities for the internal assessment will include performing a wide range of music, self-evaluation and target setting of progress.

The Performing Music Unit is internally assessed and may be externally verified.

Understanding Music

Understanding Music will be delivered through a number of topic based activities: Blues & Jazz, World Music, Scottish Music, Popular Music and Music from Earlier Times. Music concepts are put in their social and historical context.

Activities for the internal assessment will include completing short tests, preparing PowerPoint presentations, interviews with composers, writing articles about music.

The Understanding Music Unit is internal assessed and may be externally verified.


Composing covers three areas of creative music: improvising, composing and arranging.

Activities for the internal assessment will include: analysing compositions, investigating musical styles and completing composition tasks. 

The Music department has, over a number of years been building high quality music technology to support creativity and music writing.

The Composing Unit is internally assessed and may be externally verified.

Additional Information

Much of the teaching is done through practical work.

Practical and thinking skills will continually be developed and assessed throughout the course. Knowledge and understanding will be assessed on a continuous basis.

Studying Music requires a great deal of motivation, self-discipline and commitment from young people.  Regular practice and learning the key points after every lesson will be an ongoing feature of the course.

Studying Music at this level should lead on to National 5 Music.

Music is recognised by a large number of employers as a valuable qualification for job entry because of the skills developed throughout the course so is a useful subject for young people to choose.

For further information please contact – Mr. P. A. Rosie, Faculty Head of Performing Arts