This course offers fresh approaches to support student learning, tailored to the demands of the new Appraising papers at A Level and Pre-U. You will explore a range of related repertoire and teaching methods that will help your students to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the core musical styles, technical vocabulary and prescribed works. There will be an emphasis on exploring the links between listening, harmony, analysis and musical context to improve student confidence. Resources, alongside practical work on the day, will help you to quickly and effectively incorporate these methods into your own teaching.


  • Learn new teaching methods that will support progress in listening, analysis and harmony
  • Develop strategies to Improve student attainment and confidence in appraising papers
  • Discover creative ways to incorporate wider repertoire into your Scheme of Work
  • Take away resources that you can use in your own teaching
  • Learn new methods to support weaker students and to stretch the more able
COURSE DATES London Monday 12 November 2018
London Monday 28 January 2019
  • Heads of Music
  • Music Teachers
  • Teachers of Post-16 Music courses
  • Teachers teaching A Level or Pre-U Music for the first time
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 – 11.15am: Listening, Harmony and Analysis: Exploring the Connections to Further Understanding

  • Using listening exercises as a starting point when teaching harmony and analysis
  • Developing a cumulative approach to identifying harmonic progressions and individual chords
  • Exploring strategies that enable students to improve their understanding of harmony and style
  • Using listening and practical activities to support weaker students and to stretch the most able

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.45pm: Exploring Analytical Vocabulary and Style

  • Introducing practical strategies to explore the core analytical vocabulary and your prescribed works
  • Using wider repertoire to explore musical devices and stylistic features
  • Choosing related repertoire that provides an engaging, accessible introduction to your prescribed works and reinforces key concepts
  • Preparing resources that promote effective engagement with the core styles

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.55pm: Introducing Related Repertoire: Exploring Context

  • Reviewing how contextual knowledge is assessed – what do students need to know?
  • Reviewing the impact of specific historical events, and social and cultural movements, on composers, performers, and the core musical styles
  • Exploring effective techniques to integrate contextual study into your listening and analysis lessons
  • Introducing wider repertoire to explore musical context

2.55 – 3.05pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.05 – 3.45pm: Preparing for the Listening and Appraising Exam

  • Reviewing common question types in appraising papers
  • Planning effective extended responses
  • Practising comparison questions

Andrew Williams

Andrew has led music departments in both the state and independent sectors. He has taught at two of London’s junior conservatoires, and is currently Head of Aural and Musicianship at the RCM Junior Department. Andrew also teaches Academic Music at the Purcell School, where he works with all eighty sixth form music students, teaching harmony, listening and analysis. Each year, his students achieve some of the highest grades in the country and go on to study Music at both conservatoires and universities.

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