Developing Composition Skills & Techniques at GCSE and A Level
ABOUT THIS COURSE
This practically based course, brand new for Autumn 2023 will demonstrate how to develop and improve student’s skills in A level composition work. The course will explore and provide a range of practical, effective strategies, methods and idea to support students in acquiring the essential composition fundamentals – how to create and develop convincing and coherent musical ideas, how to achieve fluency, musical unity and coherence and expressive and technical control. The range of music examples will include working with songs, popular songs, film music as well as Western Classical briefs. The course is aimed for teachers all teachers of music at GCSE and A level looking to extend their range of composition approaches, methods and ideas while at the same extending their students’ compositional abilities and final pieces.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Extend your range of composition teaching techniques, methods and ideas to raise composition technique levels in your students.
Explore range of approaches to create and develop musical ideas
Take away effective strategies to manage the varying skill set in the classroom
Find out more about how to use your knowledge of the assessment criteria in your teaching techniques
Sample compositions will be discussed and marked
10.00 – 10.30am
Selecting good, diverse materials as examples for students, whatever their musical backgrounds and musical interests.
How to plan composition with your students to give them clear focus as they move forward and to give you a clear framework for assessment.
Creating and Developing Musical Ideas
10.30 – 11.30pm
Ensuring good musical structures and processes
Helping your students to get the balance between musical unity and variety
Techniques to build and develop musical ideas to a create a coherent and convincing composition with a sense of direction, a fluency
What does ‘unity and coherence’ mean across different genres?
Developing different musical ideas when working to a brief – progressing your students’ work in developing their skills and techniques
l Ways to use sources to inspire your students’ ideas, to demonstrate formal processes
11.30 – 11.45am
Developing and Extending Musical Ideas
11.45 – 12.45pm
How to guide students towards the essential- ‘A sense of wholeness with a sophisticated sense of unity.’
What makes a strong, well developed musical idea? How can we build up to this? What are the progression routes? What are the best ways?
Working with melody – starting points, melodic continuation, analysis
Crafting an initial idea, analysing the idea, extending and developing the idea
Working with harmony, putting together a harmonic sequence, combining melody and harmony
The great balancing act – embracing variety whilst maintaining unity
Examples in a variety of genres which successfully develop and extend musical ideas
12.45 – 1.45pm
Supporting and Developing Weak and Incoherent Structures
1.45 – 2.20pm
Tackling the weak composition
Different ways of supporting and developing weak and incoherent structures
Effective resources, examples, ideas, approaches
Creating and Developing Musical Ideas with Expressive & Technical Control
What is ‘expressive control’ and how can our students build up to and acquire this?
Different ways to work with a brief
Capturing mood and atmosphere and writing music for an occasion
Good source material
Examples – Unpacking the brief – Music for Film
Creating and Developing Musical Ideas with technical control
3.05 – 3.10pm
How to Write Idiomatic Music
3.10 – 3.40pm
Practical methods, ideas and techniques to write idiomatic music