GCSE Music and A level Music

Composing for GCSE and A level & Composing to a Brief

Composing projects, tasks and graded exercises. Working with composing briefs and techniques for composing in prescribed styles.

Composing projects – tasks – graded exercises.

For `Composing to a Brief` exercises click here:  Composing to a Brief


`Composing for GCSE and A level`:  Composing music for Film / TV? A Pop Song? Baroque dance style? Composing projects, tasks and graded exercises. Over 250 A4 pages in ‘Word’ .doc format (so you can edit and redraft worksheets to your own requirements) and in .pdf format (`Adobe Acrobat`) plus many exercises in `Sibelius` and MIDI file format and 200+ audio tracks in mpeg4 format (`iTunes` and `Quicktime`). Can be used either on PC or Mac.

If you already have our 2009 `Composing for GCSE` publication, please do NOT purchase this resource.


This publication is set out in three parts: PART 1 Foundation, PART 2 Intermediate, PART 3 Advanced.

Each of these three parts is divided into the following eight sections . . .

 

Composing Techniques – mostly technical exercises . . . melody writing, modulation, drum patterns + fills etc;

Working with chords – using chord progressions as the basis for composing work;

Using loops and motifs – working with short phrases rather than extended melodies . . . minimalism, dance etc;

Writing for voice – work specifically aimed at vocal music;

Descriptive music – programme music and music for film;

Development of ideas – manipulating and developing themes and motifs . . .  sequence, imitation etc;

Use of technology – maximising the musical potential of computer based compositions and scoring;

Arranging – some of the principles of stylistic arrangement.

Click HERE to view a complete index of all three parts of this publication

The level of difficulty is broadly differentiated across the three parts and it should certainly be possible to use different exercises from this publication from KS3 right through to A level.

Jazz ensemble - example project 1
Jazz ensemble - example project 1
Here is an example of one of the composing projects from Part 2 of the publication (see below). Like many of the projects in this resource, this task really is suitable for any class from KS3 to A level, depending on which of the five differentiated stages students progress to. Each stage has an audio clip to illustrate the evolution of the piece. More advanced students will benefit from a supplementary lesson using the section on extended `Jazz Chords` (Part 3 , pages 147-152).
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There is also an Appendix with each of the three parts, containing additional supporting material . . . much of this content can best be described as `approachable theory`.

Ostinati (minimalism) - example project 2
Ostinati (minimalism) - example project 2
Audio clips and short score extracts from established repertoire are used to introduce and illustrate this project. The two ostinato exercises which follow can be completed on computer using the supplied Sibelius files (or use the MIDI files in other programmes like Cubase or Logic) or students could work with acoustic instruments in groups using the scores supplied in pdf format.
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Click HERE to view a complete index of all three parts of this publication


Composing for GCSE and A level

Composing for GCSE and A level - Part 1
Composing for GCSE and A level - Part 1
Composing for GCSE and A level . . . pages 1 to 48 of this publication. Straightforward composing exercises, tasks and projects. Audio tracks, `Sibelius` and `Word` files all copyright free - can be edited, adapted, printed to supplement existing units of work or create new ones. Suitable for KS3 and GCSE music. Downloads in two parts. (Please do NOT purchase this product if you already have our 2009 Composing publication.)

Click HERE to view sample pages and mark schemes from these publications

No need to wait for an email link – immediate download is available. Click HERE for download help

Composing for GCSE and A level - Part 2
Composing for GCSE and A level - Part 2
Composing for GCSE and A level . . . pages 49 to 123 of this publication. More demanding composing exercises, tasks and projects, but with differentiated stages. Audio tracks, `Sibelius` and `Word` files all copyright free - can be edited, adapted, printed to supplement existing units of work or create new ones. Suitable (as a guide) for GCSE Music. Downloads in five parts due to substantial number of audio loops included. (Please do NOT purchase this product if you already have our 2009 Composing publication.)

Click HERE to view a complete index of all three parts of this publication

Composing for GCSE and A level - Part 3
Composing for GCSE and A level - Part 3
Composing for GCSE and A level . . . pages 124 to 207 of this publication. More advances composing exercises, tasks and projects, but most with differentiated stages. Audio tracks, `Sibelius` and `Word` files all copyright free - can be edited, adapted, printed to supplement existing units of work or create new ones. Suitable (as a guide) for AS/ A level Music. Downloads in three parts. (Please do NOT purchase this product if you already have our 2009 Composing publication.)

Click HERE to view sample pages and mark schemes from these publications 

No need to wait for an email link – immediate download is available. Click HERE for download help

 


Composing Briefs and Stylistic Techniques

`Composing Briefs and Stylistic Techniques`:  a compilation of all of our existing resources, covering areas which relate to aspects of the `Composing to a Brief` units. This type of unit features in the new 2016 specifications of all four exam boards,  both at GCSE and A level.

The nine topics covered are as follows:

  1. Four part harmony and Bach Chorale; (AQA AS Composing)
  2. Baroque two part counterpoint; (Edexcel GCSE and AS / Eduqas AS / OCR AS Composing)
  3. Classical string quartet; (Edexcel GCSE and AS / Eduqas AS / OCR AS Composing)
  4. Composing to a stimulus (a given rhythm, series of pitches etc) with suggested responses; (OCR GCSE Composing)
  5. Minimalism; (Edexcel AS / OCR AS Composing)
  6. Pop bass lines;
  7. Renaissance two part counterpoint;
  8. Romantic accompaniment; (Edexcel GCSE and AS / Eduqas AS / OCR AS Composing)
  9. Serialism. (Edexcel AS / OCR AS Composing)
  10. Descriptive Music (Film and TV), Pop Songs and Ethnic styles, please refer to the `Composing for GCSE and A level` publication above.

Composers` original compositions are given where appropriate, or titles are provided for the more easily accessible pieces (eg Bach Riemenschneider chorale numbers, Schubert songs etc).

Please consult your exam board specifications for Composing to assess the suitability of this resource for your requirements.

Composing Briefs and Stylistic Techniques
Composing Briefs and Stylistic Techniques
Working in a Classical or Baroque style? Pop Song? Modern musical style ? Film or TV Music? Four part / chorale harmony? Composing projects and progressive exercises for Composing Briefs and Technical Studies issued by the exam boards. Please see above for a full description and links to the 2016+ exam specs. Click below to see sample pages from this publication.

Click HERE to view sample pages and mark schemes from these publications

No need to wait for an email link – immediate download is available. Click HERE for download help


 

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