Purpose and Aims of the Course

The purpose of the National 4 Music Technology Course is to enable learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of music technology and of music concepts, particularly those relevant to 20th and 21st century music, and to engage in the development of technical and creative skills through practical learning. This Course will provide opportunities for learners to develop their interest in music technology and to develop skills and knowledge relevant to the needs of the music industry.


The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:

  • develop basic skills in the use of music technology hardware and software to capture and manipulate audio
  • use music technology creatively in sound production in straightforward contexts
  • develop understanding of a range of 20th and 21st century musical styles and genres
  • reflect on their own work and that of others


While developing their knowledge of music and their skills in using music technology, learners can work independently or in collaboration with others. These activities and approaches to learning will help learners to plan and organise, to make decisions and to take some responsibility for managing their own learning and their interactions with others. The practical and experiential nature of the Course gives learners opportunities to show imagination, creativity and technical problem-solving skills as they develop, review and refine their musical ideas and use music technology for specific effects.


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