This course allows time to explore the new set works in detail, using demonstrations on the piano and a variety of audiovisual illustrations, At all stages, analysis will be accompanied by creative and practical ways of activating the knowledge for students.


  • ‘Inside-out’ knowledge of the set works
  • Resources to support structural analysis of those works
  • New tactics for teaching analysis to learners at this level
  • Ways of connecting theory to practice and making listening and analysis come alive
  • Suggestions for connections to composing briefs


COURSE DATE  London Thursday 15 November 2018
  • Music teachers of all levels of experience, from NQTs to Heads of Department
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 - 10.40am: Making listening and analysis engaging

  • How to excite learners in the process of exploring music
  • Discussion on typical challenges to this component and how to overcome them
  • Principles of analysis and activating knowledge
  • Refreshing the use of appropriate terminology

10.40 - 11.30am: Analysing Haydn Symphony 101, Movement 2

  • Placing Haydn in context with wider listening
  • Ways of teaching elements of Classical style
  • Detailed analysis of key features, including form and harmonic language
  • Creative responses and links to composing brief

11.30 - 11.40am: Discussion: coffee break


11.40 - 12.30pm: Analysing Beatles songs from ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

  • Early pop music as a genre and the influence of the Beatles
  • In-depth analysis of key features of each of the 3 set songs
  • Exploring production techniques and vocal techniques
  • Wider listening and band workshop ideas to activate knowledge

12.30 - 1.10pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.10 - 1.30pm: Learning through improvisation

  • Quick introduction to different methods of activating student knowledge of musical styles and genres through improvisation
  • Using improvisation to connect between listening and composing briefs

1.30 - 2.20pm: Analysing tracks by Santana

  • Exploring the genres of Fusion and World music
  • Ways of teaching Latin music and its grooves
  • Detailed analysis of the tracks, including production techniques and the Santana style
  • Creative responses to Fusion and links to composing briefs

2.20 - 2.30pm: Discussion, afternoon tea


2.30 - 3.20pm: Analysing Copland’s ‘Saturday Night Waltz’ and ‘Hoe Down’

  • Engaging learners with developments in Modern music
  • The context for Copland and American classical music
  • In-depth analysis of the Copland works, including form, harmony and orchestration
  • Creative responses and links to composing brief

3.20 -4.00pm: Planning the delivery of the Listening component

  • Summary of key techniques and considerations in delivering this component
  • Devising an effective scheme of work across two years

Jason Thornton

Jason currently holds an exceptionally varied portfolio in the music industry, but began as Head of Music in two schools in the south west. Today Jason has a successful career as a conductor, working with many of the countries finest professional orchestras including the RPO and the City of London Sinfonia as well as with ensembles in the US, Europe and the Far East. In addition he is Music Director of Bath Philharmonia, the resident professional orchestra serving Bath & North East Somerset. He has maintained an active educational portfolio, re-training as a Music leader in 2005 and now leads creative music projects throughout the country working with various Music Hubs, Venues, Festivals, and Orchestras with every Key Stage group. He is a specialist at working with hard to reach young people and is passionate about engaging young musicians in demanding musical concepts from the inside out.

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