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.

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

Fully resourced!

  • CD with musical examples included
  • Answers and model compositions included
  • Plus! Composition progress tracker gives students autonomy over their piece
What do teachers have to 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 and Independent 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 and Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (9469)
'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 and Independent Reviewer
'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 and Independent Reviewer