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All Music courses are based mainly on practical activity. Pupils are required to learn two different instruments playing a variety of styles and genres. We have a very well equipped department providing quality tuned percussion, instruments and keyboards as well as acoustic/electric/bass guitars and drum-kits. We have recently acquired 10 djembes – African drums!
Pupils at all stages are encouraged to take the opportunity to enhance their performing skills on a daily basis out with class time.
There is a wide range of extra-curricular activities such as Guitar, String, Woodwind and Brass groups, percussion ensembles and vocal groups. Pupils are encouraged to take part in school shows for which there is no audition but just a willingness to participate. Concerts are held regularly to show the talents of the pupils at St. Paul’s RC Academy.
The Madrigal group has showcased the school at such places as The Glamis Castle Musicale and the CLIC Sargent Cancer Care Concert at the Caird Hall.
Pupils at St. Paul’s regularly have lead roles in Dundee City School Music Theatre productions.
S1 and S2
S1 and S2 have one period a week
of music so it is vital that pupils maximise their time in each lesson to progress on two instruments, as well as learning music concepts and creating their own music and sounds.
S1 pupils are given the opportunity to experience all classroom instruments as well as instrumental lessons from visiting specialists which include strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, guitar and bagpipes.
Topics covered include Scottish, Classical, Popular, Film and World music.
Pupils will be introduces to technology using Sibelius music programme which they will be encouraged to use for their own compositions.
Within 2 periods a week pupils will cover performing on two instruments, or one instrument and music technology, as well as learning concepts, listening and composition. Due to time constraints pupils have to commit extra time out-with class and will be expected to practise their instruments to ensure the required standard is reached
Knowledge and understanding of concepts will be enhanced by listening to, and playing, music. Musical styles such as Baroque, Romantic, Classical, 20th Century (and range of popular music) will feature.
Pupils study Higher and Int 2 Music for 5 periods a week
The Higher course evolves naturally from Standard Grade with the development of breadth of musicianship. The course consists of three 40 hour units. All candidates must take two mandatory units in Listening and Composing, plus one optional unit in Performing or Performing with Technology. To gain an award of the course, the pupil must pass all the Unit Assessments as well as the external Assessment. In the Performing Unit, the pupil will be required to perform on two instruments, or one instrument and voice, to a visiting examiner. In the Inventing Unit, pupils are required to demonstrate their inventing skills by compiling an audiotape of two compositions of at least 2 minutes' duration in total. In the Listening element, listening skills are assessed by an aural examination of about one hour's duration.
Advanced Higher Music
The course at Advanced Higher sets out to provide students with opportunities to develop interests which contribute to personal development and provide the skills and knowledge required for further study and enjoyment of music. It is therefore designed to serve the needs of students who wish to study the subject as part of a general education or intend to follow a career in music. As with the Higher syllabus, all candidates must take two mandatory units in Listening and Composing, plus one optional unit in Performing or Performing with Technology. To gain an award of the course, the pupil must pass all the Unit Assessments as well as the external Assessment.
Pupils at all levels will be expected to give time to individual practice on their instruments to ensure the required standard is reached