Music Information Technology

3 Units to complete:

1. Music Technology Skills
2. Understanding 20th and 21st Century Music
3. Music Technology in Context
Course Assessment: Assignment and Question Paper

What Skills Will My Child Develop?

• Knowledge and understanding of music technology
• A broad understanding of the music industry, including intellectual property rights
• Knowledge, understanding and critical analysis of a range of 20th and 21st century musical concepts, styles and genres
• The ability to use music technology hardware and software to capture and manipulate audio
• The ability to use music technology creatively in sound production in a range of contexts
• Listening skills
• Imaginative, creative and technical problem-solving skills using skills in a range of contexts e.g. live performance, radio broadcast, Film, TV themes, adverts and computer gaming
• The ability to critically reflect on personal work and on the work of others
• Skills in planning, organising, researching, communicating in a technological and musical context.

What will my child experience during the course?

• Active and independent learning through self and peer evaluations, reflecting on learning, setting targets, evaluating progress, making independent decisions, responding to feedback
• A blend of classroom approaches including practical and experiential learning; using music technology and IT
• Collaborative learning: learners can work independently and with others e.g. using ICT to create a radio broadcast or a video; small group projects could be shared with other groups for refection and evaluation
• Space for personalisation and choice: learners may choose the contexts in which to apply their skills and may choose their assignment with guidance from their teacher
• Applying learning
• Embedding literacy and numeracy skills: researching and presenting information; evaluating; communication.


• To gain National 5, learners must pass all Units and the Course Assessment (Assignment and Question Paper)
• Units are assessed as pass or fail by the school/centre (following SQA external quality assurance to meet national standards)
• Unit assessment (or ‘evidence of learning’) may be oral, observational, a diary or blog or presentations, podcasts, answers to questions and may be stored in an e-portfolio. Digital recordings of performances will be included
• The Course Assessment consists of a Question Paper (exam marked by the SQA) and an Assignment in which learners will demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills by planning, implementing and evaluating a completed sound production
• The Course Assessment is graded A to D.