BGE Music at Fraserburgh Academy
All students at Fraserburgh Academy study Music at BGE focussing on the Keyboard, Ukulele, Guitar and Tuned Percussion.
All students focus on the three main skill areas of Understanding Music, Performing Music and Composing Music.
In S1, the focus is to experience performing on different instruments and being introduced to many different musical styles. All students learn the basics of reading and writing Music focusing on the notes of the treble clef.
All students get a basic introduction to Keyboard, Ukulele, Guitar, Bass Guitar and Tuned Percussion and are assessed performing a range of pieces on their chosen instrument.
This introduction to a range of instruments allows students to choose instruments to specialise on in S2.
Throughout S1, students explore a broad range of musical styles based on the following topics:
- Introduction to Music (note names and rhythms)
- Instruments of the Orchestra
- Guitar and Ukulele Performance unit
- Keyboard and Tuned Percussion Performance Uni
- Blues Music
- Rap (music Technology)
Throughout these units, students are assessed on their ability to identify learned musical concepts and compose short pieces linked to the different areas of study, culminating in a group composed rap at the end of S1 using Garageband.
1 x 80 minute lesson a week
In S2, students use the skills and experiences gained in S1 to further develop and improve their performance skill as well as being introduced to more complex concepts.
Students are encouraged to focus on two different instruments for their performance assessments and each lesson has a practical element to it.
Throughout S2, students continue to improve their performance and composition skill through studying the following topics as well as learning new concepts:
- Film Music
- World Music
- Pop Music Performance
- 90’s Club Classics
- Song Writing
Throughout these units, students are assessed on their ability to identify learned musical concepts and compose short pieces linked to the different areas of study, culminating in a group composed song at the end of S2 using Garageband and/or live instruments
1 x 80 minute lesson a week
Students opt to study Music in S3 focusing on two chosen instruments. They continue to develop performance skills on their chosen instruments with a short practice time allocated to each lesson where students work independently to improve their performance skills. All students complete a log book to track and monitor their skill development through S3, building up an ability to work independently.
There are regular solo performance assessments throughout the year as well as some group ‘fun’ performance tasks like remixing songs such as the ‘Seven Nation Army’ Challenge!
There is a greater focus on music literacy with a set literacy workbook all students follow alongside more general understanding music tasks. Scottish Music, Song-Writing and Western Classical Music are the key areas of study.
S3 Music is a vital year to fully prepare students for National 5 Music.
2 x 80 minute lessons a week