Musical Futures - Steps to Success in GCSE Music

This full day Musical Futures – Steps to Success in GCSE Music workshop delivers practical ideas for teaching the GCSE exam specifications that are musical as well as theoretical.  Courses are lead by experienced teachers who have had exam success with their students at this level.

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Musical Futures – Steps to Success in GCSE Music offers the opportunity to explore practical ways to analyse, unpick and understand GCSE music set works through workshopping, composing and improvising.

The aim of the course is to look at ways to support students to transition successfully from Key Stage 3 – where music frequently has a focus on practical work – to the demands of GCSE music so that:

  • GCSE music is made more accessible for all students and specifically those students who may not have come to study GCSE via formal instrumental lessons.
  • Creative and practical approaches to listening, appraising, composing and performing make key terms and concepts easier to learn.  ​
  • Students are more likely retain the learning if they are actively engaged in the process

Start With A Set Work – Performance

  • Exploring a 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 to help your students with songwriting – practical activities and resources to support the process!

This course is particularly suited to teachers who are interested in exploring practical approaches to teaching music at KS4.

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

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Musical Futures training days, in-house consultancy and workshops are offered predominantly across the UK and Europe.

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