We have just published another new course on the site – How to Compose a Fanfare – as part of our Innovate UK Creative Catalyst project.

With its short duration, brass and percussion focus and simple melodic material, fanfare music can provide a solid starting point for composing in the classroom. Students can easily create a satisfying fanfare either on instruments, DAW or notation software programme.

This course has been written for KS3 (11-14 years) students, and the ‘take it further’ section guides more advanced students on how to further develop their musical ideas and use various compositional techniques.

It’s your composition!

We understand that everyone composes differently – it’s a creative and personal process! So students can either go through the lessons in order or choose the material that’s relevant to them.

What does the course include?

How to Compose a Fanfare takes students through everything they need to compose a fanfare. We start by listening to some great examples and learning about the origins of fanfare music before starting to compose a melodic motif and developing it into a 12-bar fanfare.

This short fanfare can then be developed into a longer composition. Students can learn how to use various compositional techniques, add the finishing touches and then choose an option for creating a recording of their piece.

Also included in the course:

  • Exemplar listening
  • Video content
  • Audio clips
  • Interactive quiz
  • Score examples
  • Fanfare motifs downloadable sheet
  • Model composition
  • Downloadable course glossary

Course Glossary

Throughout the course there are key words highlighted in bold text. Students can download the course glossary at the start of the course and look up the definitions of the words as they work through the course content.

How to use this fanfare course

Every classroom is different and teachers use our courses in various ways to suit their set-up and students:

  • Display at the front and work through together with the class
  • Use the content to inform personal lesson planning.
  • Use as part of the Classroom Access Plan where students can work through the content at their own pace.

Celebrating success

With all our courses students receive a certificate upon completion and an award badge on their personal dashboard.

Let’s get started…

If you want to find out more head to our courses page. For best value our Individual or Teacher Access Plans provide 12 months’ access to all the courses. And if you’re looking for access for a whole class so that you’re students can work through the courses at their own pace, have a look at our Classroom Access Plan.

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