Music - Top performances praised

7th January 2011 at 00:00

Several pupils achieved the maximum mark of 30 when playing both their instruments - evidence of "remarkably high standards" in performing at Advanced Higher level. Examiners also praised several of the sound engineering folios for work of "almost professional quality".

But they were highly critical of teachers who were still preparing their pupils on the format and questions of the old exam, despite the new format being in place since 2007. Some appeals failed because teachers were misguiding pupils in how to answer certain questions, leading to "unacceptable evidence" being presented.

The majority of Advanced Higher candidates were still not identifying chord progress correctly.

The performing element continues to be a strength of Higher music candidates, and there are also signs of improvements in the music with technology course, although a few aspects of the technology folio still require a more focused approach.

Some candidates were under-prepared for the literacy and comparison-type questions and some visiting assessors reported that a few centres were not fully prepared for their performance element. In a few cases, performing programmes fell short of the minimum time required.

Examiners of Standard grade also issued a warning that performance programmes that did not meet the minimum duration of four minutes would incur a penalty.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now