Composition Support Packs for GCSE Music

Suitable for all specifications!

Stimulating guidance and activities to encourage students to develop their own musical style for the Composition elements of the 2016 GCSE Music specifications.

A perfect match to the specification

E Russell, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

Soundly structured!

Organised by musical element, each section includes:

  • Key theoretical information in student-friendly language
  • Notated examples of the musical style to develop understanding
  • Aural and written tasks to help students make connections between musical devices and expression
  • Practical tasks to encourage students to apply their knowledge to create well-rounded compositions
  • Hints and tips for further support – great for struggling students

This is a really good idea as the composition element is one that students often struggle with especially when it comes to articulating their thoughts musically

P Hughes, Music Teacher & Peer Reviewer

Fully resourced!

    The writing overall is excellent

    T Scamell, Teacher & Expert Reviewer
  • Audio tracks with musical examples included
  • Answers and model compositions included
  • Plus! Composition progress tracker gives students autonomy over their piece

What do teachers say about this resource? (9469)

An excellent and much needed resource on how to approach the teaching of the composition element for GCSE students of mixed ability... The resource is appropriately challenging and stimulating with an interesting range of activities organised under elements of music headings... The resource addresses the student as a complete musician with pertinent references to Western Classical Music repertoire and research tasks that will bring greater knowledge and understanding to composition. This holistic approach is of great educational value to the music classroom... The resource is a perfect match to the specification as it goes to great lengths to provide links with all the elements taught within a Music GCSE.

E Russell, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

The writing overall is excellent. The resource is well set out with clear descriptions and very useful activities which provide students with clear directions on planning the various elements of their own compositions.

T Scamell, Teacher & Expert Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (9775)

Good quality throughout... The author uses several examples to illustrate musical points reinforcing the element or musical technicality in different film contexts. Very slick concise writing and will benefit learners’ understanding of film composition... There is a nice variety of activity types clearly mirroring GCSE coursework specs... The technical design of the resource is clearly well thought out and the author has consolidated the key elements of the film composition in the selected examples while understanding all students will create varied individual responses to the resource. This breaks down the learning (and coursework stress) effectively providing good support for learners... I would most definitely use this resource in my GCSE composing curriculum.

R Brown, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (9681)

The writing is detailed and informative, offering a wide variety of suggestions and prompts for helping students with composing. It is structured very clearly, by musical element, enabling the student to look carefully into each area and ensure that nothing is missed... Answers are clear, detailed and helpful. The model answers for melodies etc. are particularly useful... This is a thorough resource which students can either go through from start to finish, or dip into according to which musical element they need more help with. This makes it accessible and flexible!

R Shapey, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

The concept of a resource like this is a really good idea as the composition element of a music course is one that students often struggle with and especially when it comes to articulating their thoughts musically... I really like the activities in the resource that ask the student to stop and think about contextual examples of the musical elements that are being discussed.

P Hughes, Music Teacher & Peer Reviewer