Musical Futures - Steps to Success in GCSE Music, Norfolk

The Musical Futures approach to connecting theory to practice with easy steps to success in GCSE listening, composing and performing

Fri 9th Feb 2018, 9.30am - 4.00pm
Wymondham High Academy, Folly Rd Wymondham NR18 0QT
Book Your Place FREE for Norfolk teachers, others from £65


In partnership with

Musical Futures is working in partnership with Norfolk Music Hub to offer FREE Musical Futures professional development training to all teachers and trainee teachers teaching in Academies and maintained schools within Norfolk.

Teachers in Norfolk schools or independent schools are welcome to attend – usual ticket prices will apply.

Our Musical Futures: Steps to Success in GCSE Music full day workshop gives ideas and strategies for teaching at this level which are both musical and theoretical.  

  • Explore practical approaches to the analysis of GCSE music set works and preparation for listening and appraising tasks through workshopping, composing and improvising
  • Support students to transition successfully from Key Stage 3 (where music frequently has a focus on practical work – to the demands of GCSE music:
  • Make GCSE more accessible for all students and specifically those students who may not have come to study GCSE via formal instrumental lessons.
  • Research shows that students are more likely retain the learning if they are actively engaged in the process.

Note: Delegates will be able to access the relevant support resources for the exam board they are using.

Aims of the course

  • Explore creative and practical approaches to listening, appraising, composing and performing to make key terms and concepts easier to learn.
  • Analyse/understand music using performing and composing activities related to GCSE set works.
  • Develop tools to increase student skill and confidence with improvising and composing.
  • Share ideas and resources to make GCSE music vital, practical and engaging.
  • All Musical Futures courses are delivered by teachers in classroom settings and where possible, include a session that involves students so that delegates can see the approaches in action.


Start With A Set Work – Performance

  • Exploring a GCSE set work to examine specific musical features as a basis for classroom performance
  • Developing student knowledge and understanding of key musical concepts through classroom performance.

Start With A Set Work – Composition

  • Exploring a set work (examples from all major examination boards available) to identify key features typical of a style or genre as a stimulus for student composition.
  • Identifying strategies to assist students with composing using improvisation to collaboratively create and compose new works that reflect the key features of a style or genre.

Composing and Improvising

  • Ideas and resources to connect listening and composing briefs
  • Using a rhythmic groove as a starting point.
  • Developing melodic ideas by adding instrumental lines
  • Exploring structure, texture, complimentary chords and other musical features to develop compositions further.

Songwriting – Applying creative skills to a task

  • Exploring a series of starting points for songwriting​
  • Using a variety of approaches, practical activities and resources to support your students with the songwriting process!

Who is it for?

This course is particularly suited to teachers who are interested in exploring practical approaches to teaching music at examination level, but is equally suitable anyone seeking ideas and inspiration for composition and improvisation.

  • Heads of Music
  • Secondary Music specialists
  • Classroom music teachers
  • Instrumental teachers
  • Trainee music teachers
  • Newly Qualified music teachers

What's included?

  • A full day training course delivered in a school setting and where possible, involving a class of students
  • A teacher pack (guidance notes, resources, GCSE set work playalong etc) with resources available to download for immediate use
  • Refreshments and lunch

Benefits of Musical Futures training

Teachers who use of Musical Futures in schools report:

  • An increase in numbers of students taking up instrumental lessons on a wider range of instruments.
  • Increased student participation in concerts and performances.
  • Better engagement with classroom music for all ages.
  • Greater satisfaction in relation to their teaching and own musicianship​.

Book Your Place

Professional development is offered at rates starting at £130 per person, and includes:

  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Access to exclusive online resources
  • Free Musical Futures basic membership.

If you are currently training as a teacher or are in full time education you can take advantage of our student rate starting at £65

Cancellation policy: read our terms and conditions HERE

Secure your place by booking online using the form below. All courses are payable via credit/debit card, PayPal or invoice. For more information contact or call 020 7250 8323




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The Musical Futures training sessions are all run highly professionally with a great atmosphere. The practical hands-on approach allows delegates to experience it from the perspective of the students.
Caroline Stott - Head of Music, Cockburn High School, Leeds

Terms & Conditions

For information about our cancellation policy and other conditions of booking please read our full Terms & Conditions