National 4 Music Technology (Course Code: C751 74)

SCQF Level 4 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Music Technology?

Studying music technology allows you to express yourself through music while developing your knowledge of music and technology. You will develop a broad understanding of the music industry and the skills it requires, such as planning and organising, creative thinking, research, critical thinking and decision making, as well as working both collaboratively and independently.

This course is especially suitable if you have broad musical interests, and are particularly interested in music technology and 20th and 21st century music. This course also provides pathways to higher levels of study.

The skills that you develop in Music Technology are useful in careers such as musician, DJ, sound technician, roadie and musical instrument technologist.

Career Pathways

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Communications and Media

Performing Arts

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

This course allows you to develop your knowledge and understanding of music technology and of music concepts, particularly those relevant to 20th and 21st century music. You will get to develop technical and creative skills through practical learning, as well as learn skills and knowledge relevant to the needs of the music industry. You will also practise how to reflect on your own work and that of others.

The course has three compulsory units, plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills.

Music Technology Skills (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Understanding 20th and 21st Century Music (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Music Technology in Context (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Added Value Unit: Music Technology Assignment (6 SCQF credit points) - this is not mandatory for the 2022-23 session

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. Items of work might include:

You must pass all units, including the practical assessment to gain the course qualification.

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Music Technology (National 4)