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.


  • 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 Online | Thursday 19 November 2020
  • Head of Music
  • Teachers of Music
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • 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


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