S4–6

If you’ve chosen a Music Department course here between the 2013–14 and 2018–19 sessions, it’s been ‘plain’ Music since we had to put Music Technology on the back burner following its SQA split from a 25% option within Music to a separate course/qualification of its own. But we’ve now introduced Music Technology as an S3 option from session 2018–19 and will be bringing it back at National and Higher level from 2019–20.

So what’s the difference? In a nutshell, as summarised for S2–3 course choice info and our S3 pages here:

Skill Music Music Technology
Performing Performing on two instruments (or one instrument and voice) as a substantial part of the course. No performing requirement, but you could still get the chance to play for people to record.
Composing You’ll be composing some music of your own. No composing requirement, but some opportunities to choose creative tasks.
Listening/
Understanding
Learning about a broad range of music including classical, popular, folk and world styles. Some music reading/writing requirements. Learning about more specifically 20th/21st century music with the emphasis on popular styles. No formal music reading/writing requirement.
Technology You might be recording your work and/or using a computer for composing, but you don’t have to. This is the main point and you’ll be learning to record and process audio for various purposes.