Tricky and eclectic

6th June 2008 at 01:00
Higher and Advanced Higher papers require candidates to listen carefully to musical excerpts covering several genres, before answering a series of increasingly tricky questions
Higher and Advanced Higher papers require candidates to listen carefully to musical excerpts covering several genres, before answering a series of increasingly tricky questions. Eric Geddes, head of music at private school Hamilton College, believes both levels were a fair test this year.

Higher music has been tightened up, following criticism that it was too straight-forward. A question on musical literacy, for example, requires everyone to be able to read standard sheet music, including guitar players and drummers. Previously, they could get away without such knowledge.

Candidates also had to pick three out of nine options in Question 1. "In the past, it might have been five - which meant you could pick the first five and you'd probably get a few right," Mr Geddes said.

This year's paper was eclectic and accessible in its sources: Question 6 featured contemporary genres, such as jazz-funk and minimalism, while the final question involved excerpts from a modern musical. "It was a good way to finish."

The latter questions in the Advanced Higher paper provided a stern test. Question 7 gave candidates four minutes to write continuous prose on an excerpt of baroque music.

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

Comments

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