Music

Staff:

 

Miss R Cox

Miss M Mclennan

Mrs L Shearer

Instrumental Instructors:

 

Mr J Anderson (Piano, alternate Mon/Fri)

Mr R Ironside (Woodwind, Mon & Wed)

Mr G Hodge (Brass, Mon & Wed)

Ms M Collin (Clarsach, Tues)

Mrs C Petersen (Clarsach, Tues)

Mrs A Picken (Cello, Tues)

Miss T Moran (Upper Strings, Tues & Thurs)

 

 

Mr A Rankin (Percussion, Weds & Fri)

Mr M McGeary (Guitar, Thurs & Fri)

Mrs C Melrose (Double Bass/Bass Guitar, alternate Thurs/Fri)

Mrs K Rigg (Voice, Thurs)

Mr G Peters (Pipe Band Drumming, Thurs)*

Mr A Warren (Bagpipes, Thurs) *

* Tuition on Pipe Band instruments is an additional service that is provided privately through the school. There is a small charge for lessons on these instruments. Pupils who take up this option also have the opportunity to join the JGHS Pipe Band.

Music is a universal language that is an integral part of the school community at JGHS. Pupils have access to a wide range of musical experiences through both the formal curriculum and a diverse mix of extra-curricular opportunities. Taking part in musical activities enriches the lives of learners and can lead to a sense of accomplishment, helping to equip them with a range of fundamental skills for life, learning and work.

At JGHS over 700 pupils take part in the annual Christmas Concert at the Usher Hall, alongside peers from cluster primaries. Over 300 pupils receive instrumental tuition and are regularly engaged in events throughout the school and local community. Pupils explore a broad range of musical styles through the BGE and SQA courses. Achievement at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher regularly exceeds the national average.

Our Courses

Broad General Education

All S1 and S2 pupils receive 1 hour of Music per week. Courses are aligned to the BGE Expressive Arts, Literacy and Health and Wellbeing benchmarks and offer opportunities to develop musical skills through a variety of practical based activities. Pupils listen, perform and compose music from a wide variety of genres including World Music, Popular Music and Music for Film or Media. They develop skills on typical classroom instruments such as keyboard, guitar, percussion and voice whilst also learning about different forms of musical notation. Through listening activities, pupils develop their musical vocabulary to accurately describe and analyse what they hear. Composition activities provide an opportunity to explore the creative process and to make links with Music Technology.

National Music

Entry requirements: Satisfactory evidence of having secured level 4 in most experience & outcomes of the Broad General Education.

 

In S3 and S4 pupils will build on their skills developed in the BGE. They are given opportunities to develop their performing, composing and understanding music skills through various integrated units of work in S3 such as Musical Styles, Music of Scotland, Vocal Music and A History of Western Music. In S4, most pupils will progress to National 5, although there is degree of flexibility, with the option for some pupils to fast-track to Higher. (see below for course details).

 

At National 5 pupils further develop their critical listening and analytical skills, learning how to identify level-specific music concepts in a variety of different musical genres as well as broadening their knowledge about signs and symbols used in music notation. They experiment with and use music concepts in creative ways, exploring a range of compositional methods, as they compose original music and self-reflect on their creative choices. Pupils also develop their performing skills on two selected instruments, or on one selected instrument and voice through regular practice and self-reflection. For National 5, performance should be equivalent to Grade 3 standard.

Higher Music

Entry requirements: A minimum of a B pass at National 5 Music. However, extra-curricular experience and/or an audition will be taken into consideration.

 

Higher Music enables learners to develop their practical musicianship further whilst also exploring a broader range of musical styles. It enables pupils to take responsibility for their own learning and work independently as they plan and organise their performance programmes and make decisions about composition projects. The course follows a similar format to National 5 and covers performance, composition and understanding music.

 

Within the Understanding Music course pupils will explore a variety classical music styles from Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century, alongside some popular music genres. Composition at Higher level allows pupils to learn about more sophisticated compositional techniques and must include some exploration of harmonic development. As with National 5, pupils continue to develop their performing skills on two selected instruments, or on one selected instrument and voice through regular practice and self-reflection. For Higher, performance should be equivalent to Grade 4 standard.

Advanced Higher Music

Entry requirements: A minimum of a B pass at Higher level, However, extra-curricular experience and/or an audition will be taken into consideration.

 

Advanced Higher Music allows pupils to consolidate and reinforce skills, knowledge and understanding of music developed through other qualifications or experience. It provides a pathway for those who want to progress to more specialised training, further and higher education, or entry into a diverse range of occupations and careers. There is considerable scope for personalisation and choice through the activities of performing, creating, listening to and analysing music, and through opportunities for using music technology to create or arrange music.

 

Within the understanding music course, pupils develop their understanding of level-specific concepts and progress to a more in-depth study of music theory. Composition at Advanced Higher requires pupils to experiment with melody, harmony, rhythm, structure and timbre, as well as analysing the work of other composers. As with Higher, pupils continue to develop their performing skills on two selected instruments, or on one selected instrument and voice through regular practice and self-reflection. For Advanced Higher, performance should be equivalent to Grade 5 standard.