CfE Higher Study Guides from Bright Red

There is no shortcut to passing any course at SQA Higher level. To obtain a good pass, you need consistent and regular revision throughout the course. The aim of all our CfE Higher BrightRED Study Guides is to help you achieve success in your SQA exams through concise and engaging course coverage with plenty of activities and examples. CfE Higher courses are made up of a number of Units and a Course Assessment. The Course Assessment consists of a question paper exam and/or coursework such as assignments, portfolios and practical activities.

Our CfE Higher Study Guides cover each of the mandatory units and also include an extensive Index of key terms. Every 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

A thorough guide to the Higher Music course which has all the information you'll need to know at your fingertips. Topic-by-topic spreads and practical advice throughout.


ISBN: 978-1-84948-320-9 Extent: 96pp

New and up-to-date with the very latest 2018 SQA course and assessment changes, this Study Guide provides extensive course coverage. It will guide you from the beginning to the end of the course through bright topic-by-topic spreads. Written by the same author of our National 5 Music Study Guide, this book aims to offer you practical, accessible advice for the four externally assessed components. These components include a:

  • Question Paper – a written examination based on listening to excerpts of music 
  • Composing Assignment – submission of a completed composition, plus a composing review
  • Performance – Instrument 1 - a live performance marked by a visiting assessor
  • Performance – Instrument 2 - a live performance marked by a visiting assessor


The BrightRED Study Guide will enable students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the different styles of music, playing techniques and build their confidence for the extenal assessed components. 

There will be extra content, activities, tests, video links and more available on our multi-awarding learning platform, the BrightRED Digital Zone.

Contents include:

  • Introduction
  • Popular Music
  • Vocal Music
  • Sacred Music
  • Timbre – instrumental playing techniques
  • Forms, styles and periods
  • Twentieth century music
  • Music literacy
  • Course assessment
  • Appendices