S3 Music is suitable for anyone who has enjoyed S1/2 Music and who wishes to:

  • work in a group or independently to compose original music

  • perform as a soloist/in a group on two instruments or one instrument and voice

  • gain a deeper understanding of different styles/genres of music through listening and analysing


In music you will continue to improve and develop your performing, composing and listening skills previously introduced in S1 and S2. You will do this by analysing, performing and researching music in a variety of styles such as 20th /21st Century Popular Music, Music from Around the World and Musical Theatre.


  • You will perform on two instruments/one instrument and voice,  as a soloist and as part of a group.

  • You will compose your own original music in a variety of styles.

  • You will learn about different styles of music and how they have developed.

  • There may be opportunities for live performances in the community and at school events.


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Everything you need to know before selecting this course


Homework could be in any of the following forms: 

  • Revision of class work.

  • Research for a talk or project.

  • Practice on an instrument/s.

  • Watch a film or listening to music.

How you will be assessed

Your work may be assessed in many different ways e.g.:

  • Performance and composing may be recorded or assessed by yourself, your peers or your teacher.

  • Your understanding of music may be assessed through short listening quizzes, questions and class discussion as well as end of unit assessments.


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


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.

S4 and beyond

The course in S3 will cover Level 3 and 4 musical concepts through performing, composing and listening. You will also begin to look at National 4/5 work in preparation for further study in S4. The courses available in S4 are National 4 or National 5 Music and National 4 or 5 Music Technology.

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

Fynn - S3

I chose this course because I am interested in music and anyone who already plays an instrument will succeed. I enjoy creating, playing and performing music especially as part of a group. The listening course is really good as we have amazing power points.If you are passionate about music then definitely choose it.


Krzystof - S3

I chose this course because I am a guitarist and I want to pursue a career in music. The S3 course develops your skill in independent  and group composition. You gain confidence in your performing ability too. I recommend this course to anyone who enjoys playing music.

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Zak - S3

Picking music in S3 is a great course to choose if you are interested in music or play any any form of music already. In S3 you get a lot more freedom in the music you play and you can make your own groups and create your own music. If you enjoyed music in S2 then you will definitely enjoy music in S3 as all aspects of music only get better. I had a great time working with friends to create music as learning more about instuments and artists which helped me to enhance my music knowledge. These are all great reasons to take music. 

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