This course offers music teachers the chance to deepen their knowledge of the new set works (AOS 1 Western Classical Music) while at the same time enrich and enhance their approaches to engaging students effectively and imaginatively in the detail of the music. A course with a different, broader perspective!

  • Strand A: Baroque – the solo concerto
  • Strand B: Classical – the operas of Mozart
  • Strand C: Romantic – the piano music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg


  • Gain tactics for maximising student success and for growing their general musicianship
  • Take away new methods for explaining the set works and their musical context
  • Understand how to engage pupils in the analysis of the AOS 1 Set Works
  • Explore strategies for bridging the knowledge gap between GCSE to AS
  • Gain effective exam techniques, including how to shape preparation and revision



COURSE DATES London, Thursday 16 November 2017
London, Thursday 08 February 2018
WHO FOR?  Music teachers of all levels of experience
Heads of Music looking to change boards
Anyone teaching the AQA AL course
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 - 10.30am: Developing analytical skills from GCSE

  • Structure of the AS and A Level Examination

10.30 - 11.15am: Analysing AOS 1 Strand A (Baroque Concerto)

  • Exploring the context for set works by Purcell, Vivaldi and Bach
  • Ways into explaining form and structure
  • Innovative ways of exploring key features
  • Appreciating stylistic changes

11.15 - 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.15pm: Analysing AOS 1 Strand B (Mozart Opera)

  • Key terminology and characteristics of the genre
  • Exploring the context for The Marriage of Figaro
  • Key features and how to teach them

12.15 - 1.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.00 - 1.45pm: Analysing AOS 1 Strand C (Romantic Piano Music)

  • Exploring the context for set works by Chopin, Grieg and Brahms
  • Key terminology and characteristics of the genre
  • Key features and how to teach them

1.45 - 2.30pm: A sample analysis from each set work strand

  • Selecting a piece from Strand A, B and C to analyse
  • Resources for the set works
  • Teaching activities to enhance learning and understanding
  • Examination material

2.30 - 2.45pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


2.45 - 3.30pm: Designing your own listening (Section A) and analysis (Section B) questions

  • Requirements of the AS Examination
  • Requirements of the A Level Examination
  • Writing short listening questions
  • Writing longer listening questions
  • Developing Section B Analysis Questions

3.30 - 3.50pm: Summary session

  • Considering a potential scheme of work together – principles and practice
  • Discussion of main learning points from the day
  • Q and A

Richard Bristow

Richard Bristow read Music at Jesus College, Oxford, before completing his PGCE at the University of Southampton. Richard is currently Director of Music in a highly-successful independent school in London where he oversees the music curriculum and the extensive co-curricular programme. He also works as a senior examiner at A Level, specialising in composition, as well as working for Keynote Education to deliver student conferences and teacher courses across the UK. Richard is active as both a performer and a composer; the BBC Singers have recently performed his setting of the ‘Agnus Dei’ and he can regularly be found singing with various choirs in London and the South.