In line with SQA’s Guidance on Learning and Teaching approaches, the focus of the course is on performing.

Performance activities provide a platform for performance practice, an opportunity for shared listening experiences and a stimulus for composing activities.

As the instrumental repertoire experienced is unlikely to provide coverage of the concept content of the Course, structured listening activities will be required to extend and consolidate knowledge acquired through performing.

Similarly, while composing candidates may be inspired and motivated by experience in performing and listening, they will gain additional benefit from developing their knowledge of the conventions, techniques and skills of the composing process.

Candidates following the Sound Engineering and production option, are encouraged to base their work on published music scored, their own arrangements of music, or on their own compositions. Personal decisions about organising, setting-up, evaluating the music and refining the final mix should demonstrate an objective, constructive and imaginative understanding of the concepts and techniques in achieving an effective musical production.

While a wide variety of learning and teaching approaches will be adopted, individual learning is paramount at this level and beyond.