How to Teach Composition Book


How to teach Composition in the secondary classroom presents 50 creative ideas to support every aspect of composing in secondary schools.

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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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