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"I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music." Albert Einstein
Top 10 Resources for Teaching Film Music
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Top 10 Resources for Teaching Film Music

Teaching film music? Check out these fantastic resources ...
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One Giant Leap - composing to a lunar-themed brief
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One Giant Leap – composing to a lunar-themed brief

David Beeby, composer and Head of Music at Poole Grammar School shares his experience of composing the music for a very special commission ...
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Black History Month
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Black History Month

Find out about how we're celebrating Black History Month ...
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Book launch: How to Teach Composition in the Secondary Classroom - 50 Inspiring Ideas
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Book launch: How to Teach Composition in the Secondary Classroom – 50 Inspiring Ideas

How to Teach Composition in the Secondary Classroom - 50 Inspiring Ideas is out today! ...
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Top Tips for Teaching Film Music - Part 2
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Top Tips for Teaching Film Music – Part 2

In Part 2 of his reflections on teaching Film Music, Patrick Gazard shares ideas, tips and resources to engage and inspire your students ...
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Top Tips for Teaching Film Music - Part 1
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Top Tips for Teaching Film Music – Part 1

In the first of this series on teaching film music, Patrick Gazard shares his top tips for effectively delivering this engaging topic ...
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Compose Yourself!
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Compose Yourself!

Find out about the exciting new Piano Composition Festival, Compose Yourself!, in this guest blog post ...
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The I Can Compose Story
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The I Can Compose Story

Read all about the story of I Can Compose ...
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5 Engaging Classroom Listening Activities
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5 Engaging Classroom Listening Activities

With music classrooms looking and sounding a bit different this year, here are 5 listening activities to adapt for your own classroom ...
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Support for Music Distance Learning
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Support for Music Distance Learning

Support for distance learning during the Covid-19 pandemic ...
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Beginning with Dorico - my experience
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Beginning with Dorico – my experience

Find out how I got on with making the switch from Sibelius to Dorico notation software ...
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Interview with conductor: Ben Palmer
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Interview with conductor: Ben Palmer

Learn about the life of a professional conductor in this exciting interview ...
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9 school concert trips you should book for 2019-20
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9 school concert trips you should book for 2019-20

In this post I've put together the details of 8 concerts, by region, coming up for secondary school students ...
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8 ideas to make your music classroom more efficient
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8 ideas to make your music classroom more efficient

In this post I look at ways to organise your music classroom and create systems to make life easier ...
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Top 6 websites: music composition resources
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Top 6 websites: music composition resources

Finding decent resources for teaching GCSE music composition can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. So, I’ve put together a list of places (in no particular order) ...
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How should we get people engaged in listening to music?
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How should we get people engaged in listening to music?

Accessing music has never been easier. But are we staying within our comfort zones and missing out on some great music? ...
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Alan Cameron – on composing for BBC documentary, “The Scot who died at Auschwitz”
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Alan Cameron – on composing for BBC documentary, “The Scot who died at Auschwitz”

Alan is a freelance teacher, composer and Education Adviser for Spotify's online recording and podcasting studio Soundtrap. A graduate of the Notre Dame College of Education, now part of the University ...
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Happy first birthday I can compose!
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Happy first birthday I can compose!

I can compose celebrates one year of providing high quality composition resources for teachers and students ...
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How to set up a Composition Club
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How to set up a Composition Club

In this article I look at the practical considerations of effectively setting up a composition club ...
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Winner of Outstanding Music Education Product!
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Winner of Outstanding Music Education Product!

I Can Compose awarded Outstanding Music Education Product Award! ...
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Interview with Dorico creator, Daniel Spreadbury
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Interview with Dorico creator, Daniel Spreadbury

In this interview we chat to the creator of intuitive music notation software, Dorico ...
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How to run a Composer of the Week series
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How to run a Composer of the Week series

In this post we explore how to run a successful Composer of the Week series in your school ...
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Interview with film composer: Jon Brooks
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Interview with film composer: Jon Brooks

Learn all about the life of a successful film composer in this fascinating interview ...
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Top 5 tips for composing for choirs
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Top 5 tips for composing for choirs

Guest Blog with David Barton: This month, David Barton shares his top tips for writing for choirs.  David is a composer, arranger and private piano, flute and singing teacher based ...
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Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 2019 - Finalist!
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Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 2019 – Finalist!

Outstanding Music Education product finalistWe were delighted to learn that someone nominated I can compose for the 2019 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence and even more thrilled to find out ...
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PRESS RELEASE: Stelios Business Award
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PRESS RELEASE: Stelios Business Award

Finalist for the Stelios Business Award: Rachel Shapey, a Secondary school teacher from Stockport, is one of five finalists for this year’s Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs. Rachel’s icancompose.com website guides students ...
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Interview with Nicholas D. Ball
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Interview with Nicholas D. Ball

Nicholas D.Ball is a professional drummer and percussionist specialising in early jazz.  He studied jazz at Trinity Laban College of Music in Greenwich and now enjoys performing with Vitality Five, ...
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Press Release: Enterprise Vision Awards
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Press Release: Enterprise Vision Awards

Enterprise Vision Awards 2018 I can compose Ltd is delighted to announce that it has been nominated as a finalist in the internet industry category for the forthcoming Enterprise Vision ...
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Interview with Chris Tye
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Interview with Chris Tye

Chris Tye is a singer-songwriter, producer and music technology teacher based in Coventry and Birmingham.  Over the past 12 years he has supported a number of acts including Amy Winehouse, ...
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Interview with Angela Slater
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Interview with Angela Slater

Angela Elizabeth Slater is a UK-based composer. She is also the founder of the Illuminate ​series which promotes women’s music. In her AHRC-funded PhD at Nottingham, Angela developed an interest in musically mapping ...
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Interview with David Barton
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Interview with David Barton

David Barton is "deeply passionate about music education".  He is a composer, arranger, private music teacher, piano accompanist, teaching diploma mentor and is currently undertaking research for a PhD ...
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Composition troubleshooter - "I can't think of anything to write!"
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Composition troubleshooter – “I can’t think of anything to write!”

As a teacher I've been asked the same questions by students so many times that I decided to write them all down and create a "Composition troubleshooter" for my classroom ...
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Composition troubleshooter - "My piece is too short!"
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Composition troubleshooter – “My piece is too short!”

As a teacher I've been asked the same questions by students so many times that I decided to write them all down and create a "Composition troubleshooter" for my classroom ...
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Composer interview: David T Onac
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Composer interview: David T Onac

David Onac is a professional composer and accomplished pianist. I got chatting to him about composing, improvising and what to do when you get writer's block ...
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Getting the most out of I Can Compose
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Getting the most out of I Can Compose

A quick guide to how to use the courses on this website, to help you get started ...
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Welcome to I can compose!
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Welcome to I can compose!

Hi I’m Rachel and I’m delighted to launch the first dedicated website for GCSE and A level composition ...
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