Throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to perform both in the classroom and in the wider community. National 4 Music will not only benefit those interested in a performing arts career path, but will also develop intra and interpersonal skills in all young people, allowing them to become more well-rounded individuals. 

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National 4 Music


1 Year full time/

5 periods per week


Performing Skills

Composing Skills

Understanding Music

Added Value Performance


This course is interally assessed.


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: 

Composing Skills:

  • Creating original music.

  • Reflecting on and evaluating the effectiveness of your creative and musical choices and decisions.

  • Analysing how musicians and composers create music in different ways and how music styles are shaped by social and cultural influences.

Performing Skills:


  • Developing your technical and musical performing skills on two instruments or one instrument and voice.

  • Reflecting on and evaluating your performing skills.

Understanding Music:

  • Developing detailed knowledge and understanding of a range of music concepts.

  • Developing your knowledge of music literacy.

Added Value:

  • A performance lasting 8 minutes in total on two instruments or one instrument and voice.

    • This is assessed internally.


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Studying Music in S3 would be beneficial however  some  candidates would be capable of achieving National 4 Music without studying Music in S3 - please speak to the Principal Teacher of Performing Arts if this is the case. 

what will you get?

National 4 in Music

The course is graded  



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. 






















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

Leadership: leading a group of musicians, building confidence and 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 and recording compositions.

Communication: performing in a group/as a soloist, presenting, interaction with others, and 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.