The origin of the word 'concertare', linking to 'concerto', means 'dispute' and 'agreement'. One reaches agreement through dispute.

This definition can be explored in the classroom by examining the ways in which it makes sense in relation to muscial performance. A particular example of this could be linking 'concerto' to the performing subject or counter-subject of Bach's Brandenberg's Concerto.

The linking of musical terminology and its definitions to practical examples of musical composition and performance is a great way to make cross-curricular links in the music classroom.

Julia Mayall, Head of Music at Altrincham Grammar School fo Girls, shared this idea after hearing Professor Dan Grimley, University of Oxford, speak on the topic at our recent CPD day Breathing life into set GCSE works.

Schools Programme members can download the resources from the event in the PTI Staffroom.

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