Music Technology National 5

Course Outline

The National 5 Music Technology course allows pupils to develop a variety of transferable skills through the medium of audio production.

If you choose National 5 Music Technology, the three elements you will study are– Developing and Understanding 20th & 21st Century Music, Developing Music Technology Skills and Music Technology Contexts.

Developing and Understanding 20th & 21st Century Music
In this area, learners develop an understanding of 20th & 21st styles and genres.  They will also study various aspects of the music industry and will be able to comment on a number of Intellectual Property cases.  Learners will also learn a number of Music and Music Technology related concepts and will learn how to embed them into their projects.

Developing Music Technology Skills
Students will learn a variety of mixing programs that will allow you to record and manipulate audio. In addition, you will learn the craft of microphone placement and how various microphones are used. Learners will also have the opportunity work in a modern recording studio that is located within the music department.

Music Technology Contexts
Learners will be given the opportunity to utilise the skills learned in class and develop 2 projects that will be used as SQA coursework.  Some projects may be in the form of a radio broadcast, audiobook, multi-track recording and computer game Foley (sound replacement).


The course is assessed through SQA.  Pupils will have to complete:
• 2 practical projects 70%
• 1 written theory paper 30%

The projects are completed in school under the supervision of the teacher.  Upon final checks they are submitted to the SQA for assessment.

The written theory paper is sat in line with other SQA exams in the school.

Entry Requirements

Studying Music technology requires a great deal of motivation, self-discipline and commitment from young people.  Regular practice in the recording studio is encouraged to help pupils gain experience in this area.


Studying Music Technology at this level should lead on to Higher Music Technology.

Music Technology is recognised by a large number of employers as a valuable qualification for job entry because of the I.T. 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