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#1 Ally

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 05:39 PM

I was thinking about maybe changing my course choice form for next year. I came up with the idea of doing music, but I am not really knowledgeable about the course.

Is it an easy subject to do for 6th year?

I haven't done S.G music; will this be a great disadvantage to me?

Is there much work involved?



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Posted 26 April 2004 - 06:57 PM

I personally didn't take music, but there's people I know 'crashing' the course this year

It all depends on your personal taste - if you like writing music and analysing it then you'll probably get on well with the course.

Plus you also have to be able to play 2 instruments [or sing] as part of the final assessment.

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 04:56 PM

Here is some information on Higher Music

Music: Higher

Why Music?

This course makes a valuable contribution to your general education and personal development by providing you with the opportunity to develop interests that will enhance your quality of life. It also allows you to develop the skills and knowledge required if you wish to proceed to further study and/or follow a career in music.

Entry to the Course

This is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have attained one of the following

Standard Grade Music at Credit level
Intermediate 2 Music units or course
An equivalent qualification.

Course Outline

The course consists of one compulsory 80 hour unit, one 40 hour unit selected from a choice of six options and 40 hours flexible time.

Compulsory Unit

Performing, Inventing and Listening (80 hours)

The emphasis in this unit is on practical musical activity across the three elements which will allow you to develop aural perception, musical imagination, sensitivity and discrimination.

The unit will offer opportunities for you to

perform music from a wide range of styles in a solo and/or group situation on one instrument
invent music with evidence of originality, creativity, planning and good use of compositional techniques such as the deployment of selected concepts; arranging and improvising may be included where appropriate
listen to music which is relevant, related to practical experiences and based on a conceptual approach.
Optional Units – one to be selected.

Accompanying (40 hours)

This unit will allow you to extend performing and musicianship skills on an instrument chosen from a prescribed list. The content of the unit will develop your skills in

accompanying
sight-reading
transposition
harmonisation.
Inventing (40 hours)

This unit will allow you to

broaden and deepen your creative skills
build on the work experienced in the 80 hour unit
take an optional paper in techniques of composition.
Listening (40 hours)

This unit will allow you to

broaden and deepen your listening skills
build on the work experienced in the 80 hour unit
demonstrate enhanced ability to relate sound to printed music
select two or more works for study in greater depth.
MIDI-Sequencing (40 hours)

This unit will allow you to

develop skills in the use of MIDI technology to create, develop and refine musical ideas.
Performing (40 hours)

This unit will be taken on an instrument (or voice) from a different category to that used in the compulsory unit. Performing at this level will allow

a more in depth musical experience
the extension of technical ability
enhancement of musical skills and attainment at a higher level.
Sound Engineering and Production (40 hours)

This unit will allow you to

set up and use multi-track equipment
use the equipment to record and mix musical performances from a variety of sources including live performances
deploy musical judgement and discrimination when editing and mixing these to a high standard.

Core Skills

Problem Solving (Int.2 Critical Thinking; H Planning and Organising)
Int. 2 IT (Using Information Technology)*

* Contained only in an optional unit

Assessment

The course is assessed by a combination of internal assessment by the teacher/lecturer and external assessment by the SQA. Methods of assessment vary according to the demands of different units and include taped performance, live performance, aural assessment and written papers.

Progression

Successful completion of this course may lead to:

Advanced Higher in Music

A Scottish Group Award in Performing Arts: Music

Education (HNC/HND/Degree); Employment in Performing Arts


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Posted 05 May 2004 - 08:50 PM


lol

Thanks a lot fir the lengthy info mate.

It really helped.



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Posted 05 May 2004 - 09:02 PM

No probs m8 happy 2 help, thats wat im here 4.
If u need ne more info on other Higher or Advanced Higher Subjects, just ask and ill dig sumin up.

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Posted 09 May 2004 - 07:33 PM

Alright,

I took Higher Music this year after doing Int2 last year (now in 6th)

All I can say is int2 is good for wasting time as you don't really learn much more than you do in higher in relation to the listening exam. Performing on the other hand is a lot more demanding but again it depends on what peices you pick for yourself.

If you already play for example guitar then you could problably pick up the Bass easy as pie, and because 2/3 of the course is assessed through the year, there is a lot less pressure when May/June comes around!

This is just my 2p, others may disagree, but if you're interested in the subject then you can pretty much expect an A or B!

Thanks,
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Posted 11 May 2004 - 07:44 PM

hey, i took higher music this year! and its challenging, my skool push us to the limit, the performance is the easiest bit! listening id advise u to work on concepts throughout the year as im now havin to 'crash' them! and inventin, hire a professional!!

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 07:48 PM

Hey i am an 6th year student who for some reason decided to take Advanced Higher Music. First think you need to know about taking Music of any level (probably mainly higher - especially advanced higher) is that you must be organised and must be able to manage your time.

Advanced Higher this year has been really demanding for me and it does not help that I have only had 3 periods of it at school and had to catch up in my own time/study periods. Int2/Higher/AH all involves two instruments, listening and inventing. Although you also have to write a 1500 word dissertation on a composer relating to your solo instrument. The difference is that each level is a step more demanding.

One thing I must say is that if you want to do well at Higher music, learn your concepts (i still struggle with the listening - but am predicted an Advanced Higher A as my inventing, essay and practical playing is all really good - which brings your grade up). Also if you are playing two instruments, trying and get some form of teaching outwith class periods. eg instrumental lessons or private lessons as they shall benefit you when it comes to playing the pieces according to whats written on the page!

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Posted 21 May 2004 - 04:30 PM

Yeah i am doin higher music in sixth yr n i definatley think that u r at a clear advantage if you already play an instrument! I play the cello n that is only way that i got a one in SG as i alreadt had musical experience if i hadnt it would have beebn a complete nightmare espec as our music department is total chaos n the teachers r always off!!!

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Posted 27 May 2004 - 10:32 AM

Hello!
just want to say a quick good luck to anyone sitting higher music tomorrow!
i hope you're not too nervous - and i hope that we get good music (like our prelim - our comparison question was on UB40 and the a folk version of 'i can't help falling in love with you'!!!)!
anyways, have fun and good luck!
jennifer
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Posted 27 May 2004 - 07:34 PM

Got my Advanced Higher Music listening tomorow then the practical playing on tuesday and wednesday ahh. Then i have higher home economics paper to sit on Friday! No rest for the wicked eh? sad.gif

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Posted 17 March 2005 - 03:32 PM

i am doin higher music and i find that it is pretty easy!

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Posted 17 March 2005 - 09:24 PM

Good for u lol!! tongue.gif
Music has turned into a disaster for me!!
1. No teacher for my first instrument
2. Not a long enough programme on my second
3. My compostion is really bad
4. I cant do the listening to save myself!

So all in all its gr8, its so bad the SQA had to cancel my practical exam as i have had no teacher since October!!

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Posted 31 March 2005 - 01:37 PM

hello everyone. I do higher music ( i want to do music at uni) but I dont enjoy it at all. Not due to the course but I find unless the department is decent then it will not be an ejoyable higher. Im lucky enough to have 2 amazing insturmental teachers who have helped me loads and I know I can go to, but without them I think I'd be finding the course hard as the dept. teachers are unsupportive. I think it depends on the school. As for the actual course, listening is good but most people find it difficult, just make sure you listen to a wide variety of music. Inventing, if you play piano and write music it should be quite simple but if you play guitar or drums this could be difficult. Performance, all you need is practise!
good luck!

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Posted 31 March 2005 - 02:28 PM

wot instruments do u play?

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Posted 31 March 2005 - 06:44 PM

Piano and violin. Piano okish and violin very badly! We I'll find out how badly when i get my results...

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Posted 31 March 2005 - 06:56 PM

I am ok at piano but thats about it!
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Posted 31 March 2005 - 07:00 PM

Does anyone else find the standard of music teaching (class) to be really poor? My piano teachers says that all his students all have problems with their music depts. Also does anyone have any good links for websites to help with listening. Questions, examples of types of music etc?

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Posted 31 March 2005 - 07:43 PM

well my lot aint that hot but i will not admit it in public

If i am not here i am somewhere else



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Posted 31 March 2005 - 08:25 PM

Well as i have sed b4 on this forum the music department at my school is disorganised choas! The teachers arent that hot either really. Although one has been slightly suppostive since i have no instrumental teacher. However, yeah i agree with your point...the class music teahcers dont hold a candle to the instrument ones as far as i can see!





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