Please note, courses will be held online if they are not possible to run in venues.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

This new course is designed for all Edexcel/Pearson A level Music teachers who wish to maximise their students’ marks in the Appraising Paper. Run by an A level Examiner and former Head of Music, last year’s course received outstanding feedback, including one delegate who described it as ‘a transformational experience’.

Beginning with key messages from the recent examination, the course will suggest ways of integrating these going forward. A detailed exploration of the remit of the Appraising Paper will be followed by an exploration of each set work that, in addition to existing resources, will focus on alternative perspectives, teaching ideas and embedding historical, social and cultural context in the essays.

Suggestions will be made for developing students’ skills, specifically regarding analysis, writing academically and demonstrating a deep and genuine understanding of the set works and their contexts. The course will also look at how to achieve a Level 5 essay for Questions 5 and 6.

Delegates will not need anthologies.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Explore feedback and reflections on the 2019 Appraisal papers
  • Gain fresh approaches to building up analytical skills and musical knowledge through Years 12 and 13
  • Take away new ideas for eliciting deep understanding of set works
  • Understand what is required of the Question 5 and 6 essays to gain high marks
  • Gain new approaches for teaching analysis to Years 12 and 13 students
  • Gain effective exam techniques, including how to shape preparation and revision
COURSE DATE London | Tuesday 23 June 2020
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? 
  • Heads of Music
  • Teachers of Edexcel A level Music
  • Teachers of A level Music looking to change boards
COURSE CODE 7743
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
INCLUDED
  • 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
Overview of the Appraisal papers and what is needed to succeed

  • Feedback and reflection on the 2019 exam.
  • Understanding the structure of the Pearson/Edexcel A level Music appraising paper, and how students can maximise their marks.

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.45am
Developing Students Analytical and Musical Skills to Critically Appraise Music

  • Understanding when and how to use AO4 for success, and how the marking criteria work.
  • Developing, shaping and practising analytical skills, and building up technical language for accurate usage.
  • Contextual understanding – what examiners are looking for.
  • Level 5 essays – developing students’ skills in writing academically, including the art of embedding wider listening and contextual understanding.
  • Map of the two year teaching course: how to build up analytical skills and musical knowledge throughout Y12 and Y13

12.45 – 1:30pm

Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.15pm

Analysis; Instrumental and Vocal Music

This, and the following sessions, will explore each set work, focusing on:

  • Embedding historical and contextual awareness: what skills are required?
  • Innovative approaches to teaching the set works and their contexts;
  • Developing a deeper knowledge of the music, and knowing what to put in the exam essays;
  • Useful resources;
  • Key terminology;
  • Relevant wider listening, and embedding this and contextual understanding for a Level 5 response;
  • Common errors and misunderstandings;
  • Supporting students in a Question 5 based on AoS1 or AoS2;
  • Interconnections with the wider specification.

2.15 – 3.00pm
Analysis: Ao3 and Ao4: Music for Film and Popular Music and Jazz

  • Examining a variety of analytical approaches to enhance student understanding;
  • How historical and contextual awareness might work for this Area of Study;
  • Mastering communicating about these styles of music;
  • Relevant wider listening, and embedding this and contextual understanding for a Level 5 response;
  • Finding new ways to elicit confidence in students.

3.00 – 3.05pm
Lunch and informal discussion


3.05 – 3.50pm
Analysis: Fusions and New Directions

  • Examining a variety of analytical approaches to enhance student understanding;
  • What are the key factors for students to understand in Fusion and New Directions;
  • How historical and contextual awareness might work for this Area of Study;
  • Relevant wider listening, and embedding this and contextual understanding for a Level 5 response.

Alexander Aitken

Alex was Head of Academic Music and Choirmaster at Stowe School until December 2017, and is an A level examiner with Edexcel. He was on the review team for Edexcel’s GCSE Music textbook, having also written the analysis of Defying Gravity. A former organ scholar of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, his unique, innovative and holistic teaching approach has consistently yielded excellent A level and GCSE results across all areas of the specifications, and he is now in demand as an educational consultant.

Alex is currently the Children’s Musical Director and Cover Conductor on Mary Poppins in London, as well as a freelance conductor, pianist, organist and teacher. He is also a Musical Director with the National Youth Music Theatre, and has composed the scores to numerous short films, which have premièred at both BAFTA and the London Film Academy. He holds Licentiate diplomas in piano performance from both the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College London, and the Associate diploma in organ performance from the Royal College of Organists.

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