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National 5, Higher & GCSE Music Resources

(See also the Links page for useful information and resource material.)

These free-to-access resources will help teachers and students of the National 5 and Higher Music courses. The resources will be updated and extended periodically in order to remain current and offer the best possible support. Users are free to comment or make suggestions on the content through the jm-education Forum or any of the links on the Contact page.

Higher Music Specimen Question Papers

From the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) website

                   Listening Test Question Paper (SQA)

                   Music Technology  Question Papers and support information (SQA)

Specimen Question papers (official SQA papers)

Higher Music Specimen Question Papers

Specimen Question Paper (Listening)

Produced by the author of How to Pass National 5 Music, Joe McGowan, this specimen test paper has been prepared to match the National 5 Music Question Papers as set by the SQA. The test paper can be downloaded here as a pdf file, and the audio examples for the test can be accessed by clicking the YouTube link.

Specimen Question papers (official SQA past papers)

National 5 Music Specimen Question Papers

From the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) website

                   Listening Test Question Papers & audio excerpt lists (2014 - 2017)

                   Music Technology  Question Papers & audio excerpt lists (2014 - 2017)

* Specimen answers for this Listening question paper are available free to teachers on request from www.jm-education.com by clicking on ‘Order Free’ above. This restriction is in place to allow teachers to use this question paper as a set test where students do not have access to the answers. Please state name and school in email when ordering specimen answers. The document will be sent to you by return as a pdf file attachment.

National 5 Music Specimen Question Papers

National 5 Music Technology

National 5 Music Music Technology

Various websites

                   SQA National 5 Music Technology

                   BBC Bitesize Music Technology

                   Music with Technology (Paisley Grammar School - PGS)

Music Technology

Helpful YouTube videos

                   Beginners Guide to Music Production

                   Beginners guide to DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations or Sequencers)

                   Computer Music for Beginners: What is a Sequencer?

Chords: I, IV, V, VI

Chords: I, VI, IV, V

Chords: I, V, VI, IV

Chords: I, IV, V, VI

Chords: I, VI, IV, V

Chords: I, V, VI, IV

Key: C major

Key: G major

Chord Progressions Using Chords I, IV, V, VI

GCSE Music

National 5 Music Related

From BBC Bitesize website

                   Understanding Music     

                   Composing

                   Performance

National 5 Musical Concepts

National 3, 4 & 5 Musical Concepts

From Education Scotland website

                   National 3 Concepts     

                   National 4 Concepts

                   National 5 Concepts

                    A-Z of Musical Concepts

Musical Concept Examples & Instructional Videos

National 5 Musical Concept Examples & Instructional Videos

   Style Concept

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 Aria


 Bothy ballad


 Celtic rock


 Chorus


 Classical


 Gaelic psalms


 Gospel


 Indian


 Minimalist


 Pibroch


 Symphony


 Waulking song


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National 5 Musical Concept  Examples & Instructional Videos

 Texture/Structure/   Form Concept

Click numbers to access video examples

 Alberti bass


 Binary form


 Coda


 Contrapuntal


 Episode


 Ground bass


 Homophonic


 Polyphonic


 Rondo


 Strophic


 Walking bass


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National 5 Musical Concept Examples & Instructional Videos

   Melody/Harmony    Concept

Click numbers to access video examples

 Atonal


 Atonal music


 Chord progression  (I,IV,V & VI)


 Chromatic scale


 Cluster chord


 Contrary motion


 Countermelody


 Descant


 Glissando


 Grace note


 Imperfect cadence


 Inverted pedal


 Melismatic


 Modulation


 Perfect cadence


 Pitch bend


 Semitone


 Syllabic


 Tone


 Trill


 Whole-tone scale


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See also audio examples below

National 5 Musical Concept  Examples & Instructional Videos

   Rhythm/Tempo    Concept

Click numbers to access video examples

 Compound time   6/8, 9/8, 12/8


 Cross rhythms


 Moderato


 Ritardando


 Rubato


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See also Musical Concept Listening Lists on the National 5 Music page

Tip Maestro says…

‘Watch all the videos in this section from time to time and you will find it becomes easier to recognise the same concepts whenever you hear them played in other pieces of music - which is VERY useful in listening exams!



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Higher Music Resources

National 5 Music Resources

Higher Music Resources

GCSE Music Resources

Higher Music Concepts

Higher Music Musical Concepts

From BBC Bitesize website

                   Understanding Music: Concepts

                   Understanding Music: Styles

                   Understanding Music: Notation

                   Performing Skills

                   Composing Skills

Higher Music Musical Concepts

From Education Scotland website

                   A-Z of Higher Music Concepts

                   Higher Music revision quizzes

                   Advanced Higher Music Concepts

Musical Concept Examples & Instructional Videos

Higher Musical Concept  Examples & Instructional Videos

  Timbre/Dynamics   Concept

Click numbers to access video examples

 Tremolando  (tremolo)


 Harmonics


 Coloratura


 Ripieno


 Concertino


 String quartet


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Higher Musical Concept  Examples & Instructional Videos

   Rhythm/Tempo    Concept

Click numbers to access video examples

 3 against 2


 Time changes


 Irregular time  signatures


 Augmentation


 Diminution


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 Higher Musical Concept Examples & Instructional Videos

   Melody/Harmony    Concept

Click numbers to access video examples

 Mode/modal


 Relative major/minor


 Interval


 Obbligato  (instrumental)


 Acciaccatura


 Mordent


 Plagal cadence


 Interrupted cadence


 Tierce de Picardie


 Dominant 7th


 Diminished 7th


 Added 6th


 Harmonic minor scale


 melodic minor scale


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Higher Musical Concept Examples & Instructional Videos

 Texture/Structure/   Form Concept

Click numbers to access video examples

 Through-composed


 Da Capo aria


 Lied


 Passacaglia


 Concerto grosso


 Sonata form


 Exposition


 Subject


 Basso continuo


 Ritornello


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Higher Musical Concept  Examples & Instructional Videos

   Style Concept

Click numbers to access video examples

 Sonata


 Oratorio


 Impressionist


 Musique concrete


 Plainchant


 Mass


 String quartet


 Recitative


 Chamber music


 Jazz-funk


 Soul music


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National 5 Musical Concept  Examples & Instructional Videos

  Timbre/Dynamics   Concept

Click numbers to access video examples

 A cappella


 Arco


 Baritone


 Bassoon


 Bodhran


 Bongo drums


 Castanets


 Clarsach


 Con sordino


 Flutter-tonguing


 French horn


 Hi-hat cymbals


 Mezzo-soprano


 Oboe


 Piccolo


 Pizzicato


 Reverb


 Rolls


 Sitar


 Tabla


 Tuba


 Viola


Music Backing Tracks

Resources

 Test Paper

Download

Order Free

 *Test Paper Answers

YouTube audio excerpts

Higher Music Musical Concepts

Tutorial videos from the jm-education website

                      Higher Music STYLE Concepts

                      Higher Music MELODY/HARMONY Concepts

                      Higher Music RHYTHM/TEMPO Concepts

                      Higher Music TEXTURE/STRUCTURE/FORM Concepts

                      Higher Music TIMBRE/DYNAMICS Concepts

GCSE revision

Various websites

                   GCSE revision world - GCSE revision  (www.revisionworld.com)

                    ICS Learn - GCSE & IGCSE Online courses  (www.icslearn.co.uk)

                  CloudLearn - Online GCSE courses  (www.cloudlearn.co.uk)

Higher Music Music Technology

Various websites

                   SQA Higher Music Technology

                   BBC Bitesize Music Technology

                   Music with Technology (Paisley Grammar School - PGS)

Music technology

GCSE Revision