CfE Advanced Higher Study Guides from Bright Red

BrightRED CfE Advanced Higher Study Guides are the only books written specifically to cover each element of the SQA CfE Advanced Higher qualifications in Scotland. To pass any course at CfE Advanced Higher level, you need commitment and regular study for the duration of the course. The main aim of BrightRED Study Guides for Advanced Higher is to help you achieve success in the SQA exams by providing concise but comprehensive coverage of key areas of the course.

Helpful hints and advice are provided in Don't Forget text boxes of BrightRED books and Things To Do And Think About sections provide questions to test your knowledge and understanding of the content and to help you extend your problem solving skills. Every Advanced Higher Study Guide is also fully supported with lots of free online links, tests and activities at the award-winning BrightRED Digital Zone.

BrightRED Study Guide


Adrian Finnerty

The only Study Guide available for the Advanced Higher Music Course. A great aid for any student on this challenging course!


ISBN: 978-1-84948-351-3, 96pp

The BrightRED Advanced Higher Music Study Guide is currently the only study guide available for Advanced Higher Music, and aims to equip students with the skills needed to succeed in this challenging course. At Advanced Higher level, students will be building on what they learned at Higher while further developing their knowledge of musical theory and practice.

Written by experienced teacher Adrian Finnerty, who has also written our National 5 and Higher Music Study Guides, this thorough guide provides students with topic-by-topic explanations, as well as advice on the different elements of the course.

There is no shortcut to passing any course at Advanced Higher level. To obtain a good pass requires consistent and regular revision over the duration of the course. The aim of this Study Guide is to help you to achieve success by providing you with concise, relevant, and engaging coverage of the Advanced Higher Music course. We recommend using this book in conjunction with your class notes to revise each topic and prepare for the composition and performance elements of the course and for the final exam.

Please note that while our brand-new Digital Zone is under development, a temporary file containing all links to songs referenced in this Study Guide is available in the 'Download files' tab above.


  •          Introduction
  •          Popular Music
  •          Vocal Music
  •          Sacred Music
  •          Renaissance Music
  •          Antiphonal Texture
  •          Fugue
  •          Piano Trio
  •          Leitmotif
  •          Nationalist Music
  •          20th Century Music
  •          Composing Serial Music
  •          Music Literacy
  •          Course Assessment
  •          Assignment – Composing
  •          Arranging
  •          Analysis
  •          Portfolio
  •          Glossary of Concepts