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Do your students know their set works?

For some exam boards at GCSE & A Level, students will have set works to study. As teachers, we invest so much time ensuring students are well prepared for exams - providing resources, notes and handouts. We bring the set works to life in our lessons and spend time ensuring the students know them. But there are always a few students who need more help, scaffolding and ideas. Sometimes the knowledge doesn’t land straight away and they need more support to embed it.


Focus on Sound is therefore a really handy tool for ensuring that students know the set works and can bring them to life in their own time. For each exam board, there are lessons and tests linked to set works. I personally use these at the end of each set work scheme, setting them for homework. Students therefore have a chance to look over the topic and then quiz themselves on what they have learnt.


In the lead up to exams it might be a good idea to set these lessons as specific tasks to ensure all students engage with the material. Even if they have previously explored these pages on Focus on Sound, there is always something new to learn. The more they challenge themselves with self-testing, the greater their likelihood of success in the exam.


Focus on Sound serves as a valuable tool in bringing set works to life for students accessible wherever they are in the world. As a cloud-based resource, it provides comprehensive audio and visual guidance, equipping students with the resources needed to make real progress.


Watch this video to learn more about the set works in Focus on Sound:




About James Manwaring

James is the Director of Music for the Windsor Learning Partnership Multi-academy Trust. He has held the post of Head of Music at The Windsor Boy's School for over 15 years. James is currently the President-Elect of the Music Teachers Association.