This course explores how to teach the Areas of Study common to all examination boards imaginatively. The course will explore creative ways to gain a deeper awareness of musical concepts through study of set works and wider listening.


    • Explore approaches to introducing Areas of Study to a wide range of students
    • Exciting ways to encourage creative responses to set works and wider listening
    • Understand how to introduce musical concepts practically
    • Take away how to make effective use of repertoire to develop listening skills

WHO FOR?  All teachers of GCSE Music
Heads of Music
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 – 11.00am: Learning the craft of listening

  • Starting with questions to develop curiosity about music
  • Introducing all students to a framework for listening
  • Building a shared vocabulary that prepares all students for GCSE
  • Activities that build confidence in dealing with unfamiliar music

11.00 – 11.15am: Break


11.15 – 12.00pm: Music for Film and Television

  • Making the study of film music authentic through listening activities
  • Embedding terminology and concepts in creative work

12.00 – 1.00pm: Western Art Music

  • Encouraging curiosity about the set works and wider listening
  • Building an understanding of key concepts through practical work

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch


2.00 – 3.00pm: New Directions: Recent approaches to music

  • Finding repertoire to develop an appreciation of contemporary music
  • Practical activities using set works and wider listening

3.00 – 3.15pm: Break


3.15 – 4.00pm: Writing about music in exams

  • Investigating how to develop precision in responses
  • Encouraging consistent use of key terms

Steven Berryman

Steven Berryman is currently Assistant Director of Music, North Collegiate School, London.  He has a PhD in Composition from Cardiff University of Wales, and has recently had several of his compositions performed, including ‘Cypher’ (2010) by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 2011.  He also teaches at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music, London, has been an examiner for AS/A2 Music, and writes and reviews regularly for music education magazines.