Please note that these S3 pages are currently (late September 2016) just starting to be developed from the ‘placeholder’ page of the past 16 months.

Since the introduction of the new CfE courses and qualifications, S3 has a new dual role as both a pupil option for the final year of the ‘Broad General Education’ and continuing grounding for those likely to return to the more specialist courses of the ‘Senior Phase’. You might have chosen Music because you’d like to keep studying it for just one more year without formal qualifications, or two, three, or four with an eventual target ranging from Nat 4 to Advanced Higher! And, since it’s also possible to come back to it in any future year without having kept it up right through, we need to keep these diverse needs in mind. So we’ll be concentrating mainly on things we consider ‘core’ to both a final BGE year and start of a more specialist journey, including development of two chosen performing skills after the wider range of S1–2, structured progression for composing activities, appropriate coverage of listening/literacy concepts, introduction and use of Sibelius, and encouraging out-of-class practice habits to support both satisfying progression now and awareness of more serious S4–6 commitment should you choose to continue.

[See also CfE Briefing 6: Progression from the Broad General Education to the Senior Phase part 1]

Third Level Music Experiences and Outcomes (not to be confused with National 3!)

  • I can sing and/or play music from a range of styles and cultures and perform my chosen music confidently using performance directions, musical notation and/or playing by ear.
    EXA 3-16a
  • I can use my voice, musical instruments or music technology to improvise or compose with melody, rhythm, harmony, timbre and structure.
    EXA 3-17a
  • I have listened to a range of music and can identify features and concepts. I can give constructive comments on my own and others’ work, including the work of professionals.
    EXA 3-19a

Fourth Level Music Experiences and Outcomes (not to be confused with National 4!)

  • I can give assured, expressive and imaginative performances of vocal and/or instrumental music from a wide range of styles and cultures, using performance directions, musical notation, and/or playing by ear.
    EXA 4-16a
  • I can use my chosen vocal and/or instrumental skills to improvise and compose, showing developing style and sophistication.
    EXA 4-17a
  • I can use music technology to compose, record and produce music and to enhance performance.
    EXA 4-17b
  • Having developed my ideas from a range of stimuli, I can create and present compositions using a broad range of musical concepts and ideas.
    EXA 4-18a
  • Having reflected on my personal experiences, including participation and engagement with professionals, I can listen to a wide range of music and identify and analyse technical aspects, make informed judgments and express personal opinions on my own and others’ work.
    EXA 4-19a

[Consider adding other relevant Es & Os etc. — not just Music-specific.]

Education Scotland Expressive Arts Index