Please note, courses will be held online if they are not possible to run in venues.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

This new course is designed for all teachers of A level Music and offers a practical course from which delegates can take away a range of highly effective teaching approaches to composition, an understanding of the assessment criteria in the new specifications, ways to support the weaker composition student and challenging more able students. The course also focuses on what high performing students do well in, in their compositions, and how to ensure that your students do the same in 2020. There will be new examples of composition to discuss, based on the criteria of the new specifications, and the strengths and weaknesses of students work.

Some emphasis will also be given to students who haven’t done GCSE music prior to starting
A level, and how to build students’ skills up to A level music composition levels.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Developed their teaching to raise standards in composition
  • Learned a range of effective approaches for different ability students
  • Gained confidence in tackling the compositional process
  • Improved understanding of assessment criteria and how to use them
  • Discussed ways of delivering composition as part of co-taught or linear programmes
COURSE DATE London | Tuesday 16 June 2020
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? 
  • Head of Music
  • Teachers of Music
COURSE CODE 7581
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
INCLUDED
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues

 

10.00 – 11.15am
Starting points – building a strong foundation

  • The transition from GCSE to A level and if the student has not done GCSE
  • The importance of a planning a composition
  • Effective strategies for the weaker student l Effective schemes of work for new A level
  • Investigating different styles of composition

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.45pm
Developing Compositional Skills

  • Exploring ways of working to a brief
  • Approaching own-choice briefs
  • Helping students to write for instruments effectively
  • Keeping control of the elements – textural and melodic development
  • What should you do when a student runs out of ideas?

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.45pm
Appraising and marking student work

  • Effective monitoring of the composition process
  • Looking at key aspects of inspirational compositions
  • Effective monitoring of the composition process
  • Gaining an understanding of mark schemes with exemplar marking exercise

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion & afternoon tea


3.00 – 4.00pm
The refining process

  • Ensuring the composition is convincing
  • Final presentation of the score and alternative formats
  • Producing a good quality recording
  • Making a good composition outstanding

Dr. David Knotts

Dr. David Knotts studied at the Royal Academy of Music, King’s College Cambridge, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the University of Sussex. He has held teaching posts at Lady Margaret School in Fulham and the Yehudi Menuhin School and currently teaches at Canterbury Christchurch University and the Royal Academy of Music, where he teaches composition as well as delivering the LRAM teacher training programme. He is currently working with A level composition students in his role as composer in residence at City of London School for Girls. David’s experience as a composer and educationalist is wide ranging: he has written music for many of the country’s leading orchestras, ensembles and instrumentalists and has developed composition projects for many of the country’s leading arts organisations. David was made an honorary associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2007 in recognition of his work in the fields of composition and education.