This NEW composition course is a practical course from which delegates can take away a range of highly effective approaches to composition to support students of all abilities, together with an assessment of the assessment criteria in the new GCSE specifications.


  • Develop your teaching to raise standards in composition
  • Learn a range of effective approaches to generate and develop musical ideas
  • Take away a range of effective strategies for different ability students
  • Improve your understanding of the assessment criteria and how to use them
  • Network and discuss ways of delivering composition effectively


COURSE DATE London Friday 14 December 2018
  • Heads 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
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 - 11.15am: Generating ideas and developing musical ideas

  • Generating ideas. visibly differentiated ideas, activities, resources, materials which work across the ability range, from non-readers to highly able pupils
  • Techniques, materials and skills to develop new ideas– eg; how to create a melody that has shape and direction
  • Building in creative, imaginative, musical, approaches in your teaching
  • Examples drawn from a broad range of musical styles

11.15 - 11.30am: Break


11.30 - 12.15pm: Approaching the Western classical briefs

  • Exploring how to achieve real musical development
  • How to make the return of the A section more than an exact repeat
  • How to teach for genuine melodic and rhythmic growth rather than just layering of musical lines and instruments
  • Considering other forms (ground bass/variations) and how these can be approached imaginatively

12.15 - 1.00pm: Flying with film music

  • Exploring how to create atmospheres, moods and characters
  • How to approach the briefs
  • Approaches to developing musical ideas and structuring material that fits with a brief imaginatively

1.00 - 2.00pm: Lunch


2.00 - 3.05pm: Working with words and voices

  • Creating imaginative melodies, with strong shape and direction
  • Making harmonies that work, with inventive accompaniments that avoid too much repetition
  • Exploiting the blues progression as a starting point for popular music
  • Developing songs that are imaginative and ambitious
  • Bringing it all together to create a strong sense of style and coherence

3.05 – 3.15pm: Break


3.15 - 3.45pm: Assessing accurately

  • Marking and giving good feedback on compositions; writing to a brief
  • Exploring how to assess; giving effective feedback on candidates work
  • Range of examples and chance to mark and discuss work

Steven Berryman

Steven is Director of Music at City of London School for Girls and a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Education, Communication & Society at King’s College London (2017 – 2019). He previously taught at the North London Collegiate School and the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music. Steven has examined and moderated for GCSE and A-level Music, and contributed composition chapters to two study guides for Rhinegold Education and a chapter for an edited volume from Routledge (2016). He has been a Teach Through Music Fellow and a Teacher Advocate for Music Excellence London, in addition to education projects with the Learning Departments of the Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and NMC Recordings. Steven studied composition at Royal Holloway (London) and Cardiff University, gaining a PhD in 2010. ‘Cypher’ (2010) was selected by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for performance in their Welsh Composers Showcase and was performed by the orchestra in 2011, conducted by Jan Van Steen at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay. He has gone to write works performed in London, most recently in September 2016 LSO Community Choir and students from City of London School for Girls performed Steven’s ‘O Come Let Us Sing’ as part of ‘Old Street New Beginnings’, celebrating fifty years since the joining of the St. Luke’s and St. Giles’ parishes. Steven is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art and a Freeman of both of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and the Worshipful Company of Educators. You can read more about his work at www.steven-berryman.com

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