About Us

Welcome to icancompose.com, the website dedicated to secondary music education

For students:

Are you looking for help with:

  • Starting your composition?
  • Developing your piece?
  • Getting top marks for your music coursework?

For teachers and schools:

Do you want to access to:

  • Student-friendly tutorials?
  • Focused listening activities?
  • Commentaries on current issues in music education?

How it works:

Composing starts with listening. Here you’ll find lots of different genres to broaden your musical listening experience. For each piece you will learn about context and key features of the music. There’s also a section to challenge you to think about how the music applies to you and your composition.

It’s free to register to access our fun and engaging tutorials.  Some courses are free and for others there is a small charge.  In each tutorial I compose alongside you so that you can see and hear how a piece can develop.  You then decide whether to follow my composition model or go in your own direction.  Start creating your own musical masterpiece and track your progress with your personal dashboard.

My musings on all things musical, including some interviews with brilliant composers and musicians – be inspired!

About Me

Rachel Shapey BMus LRSM (flute) PGCE

Hi I’m Rachel and I am passionate about teaching music and composition. I have been a secondary music teacher for 12 years and in that time have developed my own resources to inspire students and give them confidence to create their own music. My aim is to make composing music fun and accessible.

I have marked countless compositions for secondary school qualifications, so I know just how to help students write a good piece of music and attain a better mark in their coursework. All of my students have passed their exams, many have progressed to study music in higher education, whilst others have secured record deals with their compositions (see link below)!

GCSE pupil lands a record deal!

As a teacher, I couldn’t find any quality resources for students composing at GCSE and A level. I thought it would be great if there was a website where students and teachers could access helpful resources either at home or at school. I hope you enjoy using icancompose.com!