We are delighted to offer this composition conference NEW for Summer 2018 and which draws on new and recent resources and examples and offers a range of approaches to teaching composition and techniques to post-16 students. The emphasis throughout is on practical techniques to develop required composition skills to attain high quality student achievement.

The conference covers a range of compositional styles, from 2-part techniques to popular/jazz idioms, and from composing to briefs to marking student work.

We are delighted to welcome Ben Dowsett, Jonathan Taylor, Simon Rushby to lead new sessions in the conference and to welcome back Steven Berryman and Miranda Francis.

The conference gives teachers chance to hone their own skills, to attend a variety of composing sessions, and to take away a full range of ideas, examples, resources from all sessions.

The conference is designed primarily for teachers of post-16 composition, but would also be of benefit to teachers of GCSE composition preparing students for post-16 music courses.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Develop your teaching in composition techniques to improve attainment
  • Gain approaches to developing imaginative responses to the briefs
  • Hear direct from composers and current examiners
  • Explore sample work and how to assess effectively
  • Learn how to support and stimulate all students in harmonisation
  • Take away range of approaches to challenge the full student ability range
  • Take away a range of refining compositional devices
  • Explore new repertoire to use with your students
COURSE DATE London Friday 22 June 2018
WHO FOR?  Heads of Music
Teachers of A level Music
Teachers of BTEC Level Perf Arts
COURSE CODE 7073
INCLUDED
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch

 

Additional information

LocationLondon
SubjectMusic
CategoryConferences
Key StageA Level
Job TitleSubject Head, Subject Teacher
1

10.00 – 10.05am: Welcome and Introduction

2

10.05 – 11.00am: What Makes an Outstanding Composition?

  • Developing higher level skills and techniques for outstanding compositions
  • Achieving convincing compositions with a sense of wholeness
  • Developing an outstanding sense of fluency, a mature balance of unity and variety throughout
  • Developing high level compositions in commercial styles

Ben Dowsett & Simon Rushby

3

11.00 – 11.20am: Morning break

4

11.20 – 12.30pm: Option Strand 1

Either Option 1A: Exploring ways of working to the new briefs

  • The new briefs, discussion and feedback
  • Meeting the challenge of the new demands
  • Learning from the set works

Ben Dowsett

Or Option 1B: Developing compositional skills with lower attaining students

  • Tackling the weaker composition
  • Practical strategies to support students in developing their work to effect
  • Effective resources, examples, ideas, approaches

Or Option 1C: Exploring writing in a popular/jazz idiom

  • An insight into jazz and popular composing at post-16 level
  • How to be adventurous with harmony and structure to help your students achieve an A/A*

Jonathan Taylor

Or Option 1D: LIVE Workshop: Writing for Strings

  • Exploring effective idiomatic writing for strings at A-level and beyond
  • Hearing live string players demonstrate examples and discuss typical pitfalls and good practice
  • Discussing how to develop material to exploit all opportunities

Steven Berryman

5

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch

6

1.30 – 2.30pm: Option Strand 2

Either Option 2A: Bach Chorale Writing

  • Completing Bach chorales with ease
  • Transforming basic harmonisations into stylish idiomatic writing
  • Devising compositional strategies to help your students achieve an A*

Miranda Francis

Or Option 2B: Appraising and Marking Student Work

  • Appraising compositions
  • Meeting the mark schemes
  • ‘A’ grade work – key aspects of outstanding compositions

Ben Dowsett

Or Option 2C: LIVE Workshop: Writing for Strings

  • Exploring effective idiomatic writing for strings at A-level and beyond
  • Hearing live string players demonstrate examples and discuss typical pitfalls and good practice
  • Discussing how to develop material to exploit all opportunities

Steven Berryman

Or Option 2D: TV & Film Music – writing music to a brief

  • Approaching ‘descriptive’ or programmatic briefs
  • TV and film music composition techniques
  • Avoiding the pitfalls of music to picture

Simon Rushby

7

2.30 – 2.40pm: Afternoon Tea

8

2.40 – 3.40pm: Option Strand 3

Either Option 3A: Songwriting

  • Writing outstanding pop and jazz songs
  • Applying songwriting techniques to other compositions
  • Production and arrangement – what should students know?

Simon Rushby

Or Option 3B: 2-part Counterpoint

  • Identifying stylistic features of Baroque Contrapuntal writing
  • Understanding Baroque melodic construction
  • Providing rhythmic flow and textural variety

Miranda Francis

Or Option 3C: Appraising and Marking Student Work

  • Appraising compositions
  • Meeting the mark schemes
  • ‘A’ grade work – key aspects of outstanding compositions

Ben Dowsett

Or Option 3D: Contemporary Classical Music

  • Exploring repertoire, as engaging starting points for composition
  • How to facilitate discussion with students about more recent music

Steven Berryman

Steve Berryman

Director of Music, City of London School for Girls, composer, teacher

Ben Dowsett

Head of Music, Sixth Form College, Farnborough

Miranda Francis

Director, Junior Department, RCM, experienced examiner, teacher

Simon Rushby

Songwriter/Composer, A Level and ABRSM examiner, author, former Director of Music and Assistant Head

Jonathan Taylor

Pianist, composer, teacher of jazz, Junior Guildhall, ABRSM examiner