Throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to perform both in the classroom and in the wider community. Advanced Higher music will not only benefit those interested in a performing arts career path, but will also develop intra andinterpersonal skills in all young people, allowing them to become more well-rounded individuals. 

This course is beneficial in preparing young people for entry to University/College giving them a solid foundation on which to build.


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Advanced Higher Music


1 Year full time/

3 periods per week


Composing Assignment and Musical Analysis


Question Paper – 1hr 15 mins. Live Performing Exam – 18 mins 


No necessary costs – however, pupils may choose to receive private tuition. 


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This course makes a valuable contribution to your general education and personal development by providing you with a broad range of skills which incorporates practical experience of performing, listening to and composing music. It also allows you to develop and extend your interest in music and acquire more specialist skills in an area which may be of interest to you. You also have the opportunity to participate in our extracurricular music groups. 


Skill Development Scotland state: 

Around 100,000 people are employed in the creative and digital industry in Scotland. 


From a study conducted by the University of Florida, young people  who study music are 4 times more likely to be recognised for academic achievement. 


Young people who participate in music-related activities achieve significantly higher marks in Science, Maths, and English exams in secondary school than non-musical classmates, according to a new large-scale study.


More information can be found

through this link: 

How does playing an instrument

benefit your brain? 

Studying music helps children

get better grades in Maths and



Music courses incorporate active learning to engage pupils through activities such as composing, performing, and listening to/analysing music. Frequent team building tasks in addition to independent work suit all styles of learning and prepare students for the world of work. 


This style of active learning is also very popular with students and most enjoy, and look forward to, going to their classes. 


Taking music will give you the opportunity to learn from professional musicians through performances and workshops. 


The course assessment consists of: 

A performance lasting 18 minutes in total on two instruments or one instrument and voice assessed in February/March by an external examiner. The standard required is equivalent to TRINITY/ABRSM Grade 5.

A question paper testing knowledge and understanding of musical concepts and musical literacy sat under exam conditions in May and marked by the SQA.  

Submitting an original composition with an accompanying composing review where the candidate will reflect on how they created their music, and where the strengths and development needs lie in their work. This will be marked by the SQA.  

Submitting an analysis of a piece of music chosen by the candidate. This will be marked by the SQA.


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Entry to Advanced Higher Music requires an A or B pass at Higher Music. In exceptional circumstances  some candidates would be capable of achieving Advanced Higher Music without achieving Higher  - please speak to the Principal Teacher of Performing Arts if this is the case. 

what will you get?

Advanced Higher in Music

The course is graded  

A: Band 1, Band 2 

B: Band 3, Band 4 

C: Band 5, Band 6 

D: Band 7


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


my world of work

Some typical careers that you might immediately think of include music teacher, music therapist, music critic, session musician, performer, musical instrument maker/repairer, theatre technician, DJ, sound engineer and accompanist. 


However, most careers will suit a course in music, as even if not directly linked to performing arts, music will allow young people to become more rounded individuals. Primary teacher, lawyer/solicitor, doctor, nurse, dentist, orthodontist, beautician, vet, nursery nurse, journalist, IT Analyst, librarian, events management, advertising, local government project officer, mathematician, banking, management positions and college/university lecturer are only some examples. 


Skills developed through Music:

Problem Solving: reading music notation, working independently, resilience, time management, positive work ethic. 

Leadership: leading a group of musicians, building confidence, organisational skills. All music courses require you to complete coursework which demands you take responsibility for your own learning and have a proactive, motivated attitude towards your studies. 

Teamwork: performing in a group, recording compositions.

Communication: performing in a group/as a soloist, presenting, interaction with others, using clear and concise language to effectively express your thoughts and ideas when both analysing music and reviewing your composition.


Other: dexterity , fine motor skills and memory skills.

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 

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Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.


Adv H candidate.

Music has given me a very well rounded set of skills which are creative as  well as academic.

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(ADV H candidate, going to university to study Maths and Music.)

Studying music and participating in extra-curricular activities has helped me maintain good mental health by managing stress levels and balancing out my other maths-based subjects. 

Image by Chris Liverani


ADV H candidate having applied to study veterinary medicine.

Universities are looking for well-rounded balanced individuals so a qualification in music is vital to demonstrate a more diverse set of skills.  

Image by Hal Gatewood