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Your dedicated music composition teacher

Composition inspiration & resources for GCSE & A level musicians

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Our mission is to educate & inspire the next generation of great composers

Welcome to I Can Compose

Welcome to icancompose.com, the website dedicated to GCSE and A level (or equivalent) Music composition!

Are you struggling to get started with your composition?

Do you need a bit more help with developing your piece?

Do you want to learn how to get top marks for your music coursework?

Then you’ve come to the right place…

Here you will find helpful tutorials to guide you with your music composition coursework, an ‘inspiration’ page full of compositions of different styles and genres to inspire your creativity, and commentaries on all things musical!

Start Today For Free

We’ve got lots of free courses on I Can Compose. To get started, you’ll just need to register on the site and you could be on your composing journey in minutes.

When you’re ready, try out the premium courses for more in-depth courses where you’ll gain an even deeper understanding of key concepts.

Get Inspired

We’ve pulled together fabulous pieces from around the world to inspire you to create your own wonderful music. Each piece has accompanying commentary and thought provoking questions to help you listen in new ways.

Teachers' Area

Calling all Music Teachers! Our dedicated Teachers’ Area is packed with useful resources to help you be more effective, spend less time planning, and more time teaching!

Our ready made Homework Assignments and Cover Lessons will save you hours of preparation time, while our Classroom Aids will help you during the lessons themselves.

Featured Courses

How to Teach Composition in the Secondary Classroom:

50 Inspiring Ideas

My music composition book How to Teach Composition in the Secondary Classroom: 50 Inspiring Ideas was published in 2021 by Collins Music with the aim of inspiring and empowering teachers and students alike.

Packed with versatile ideas and tips, How to Teach Composition in the Secondary Classroom is a music composition textbook for teachers that’s adaptable to all secondary music classrooms.

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An accessible music composition resource

The product of 12 years’ classroom teaching, my music composition guidebook is written with awareness that all classes are different. During my career I’ve taught at inner-city schools and in the independent sector, working with students of all abilities.

How to Teach Composition in the Secondary Classroom outlines 50 music composition ideas that are easy to digest, understand and implement.

Within the pages you’ll find pieces ranging from basic ideas to more challenging projects for the ablest of students, covering everything from engaging starter activities to how to compose a fanfare and guidance on choosing notation software.

All of my music composition ideas and tips are tried and tested, and there’s plenty of material to guide teachers at all levels, from those new to the job to experienced Heads of Music.

Inspiring the next generation of composers

How to Teach Composition in the Secondary Classroom is a handbook that teachers can dip into easily to seek out inspiration and a range of ideas they can adapt for their own classrooms.

I’m confident that fellow music teachers will find How to Teach Composition in the Secondary Classroom a valuable A-Level and GCSE music composition resource that supports them in inspiring, empowering and shaping the next generation of music composers.

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By Music Teacher Magazine

WINNER! Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 2019

We’re delighted to have won the 2019 Award for Outstanding Music Education Product! The Music Teacher Awards for Excellence recognise initiatives, resources and products in music education.