Higher Music Technology (Course Code: C751 76)

SCQF Level 6 (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.

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have gained:

What will I study?

This course enables you to develop and extend your knowledge and understanding of music technology and of musical concepts, particularly those relevant to 20th and 21st century music. You will take part in the development of in-depth technical and creative skills through practical learning. You will also have opportunities to develop your interest in music technology and the skills and knowledge relevant to the needs of the music industry.

The course consists of three compulsory units and the course assessment unit.

Compulsory Units

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 develop:

Music Technology in Context (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment (6 SCQF credit points)

There are two components to the course assessment:

The question paper will assess breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding of music technology and 20th and 21st century music.

The assignment will demonstrate ability to apply knowledge and skills to plan, implement and evaluate a completed product. This will be underpinned by knowledge and understanding of music and music technology equipment and techniques. It will be sufficiently open and flexible to allow for personalisation of choice.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass all three units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. The grade is determined on the basis of the total mark for the units in your course.

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What can I go on to next?

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):

Highers in a Nutshell - Music Technology (CfE Higher)