Comprehensive student guide to composing for Unit 4 of the AQA GCSE. Organised into manageable sections based on the five Areas of Study, this resource takes students from beginner to composer. A CD with audio tracks for all the musical examples is included.
||Builds confidence in music theory with clear, relevant information, musical examples with accompanying audio, and consolidation questions – full answers provided
||Each section is packed with practical composition exercises for students to gain skills and apply their knowledge
||Flexible, varied approaches and a range of starting points encourage students to explore different methods and discover their strengths
Guides students through the entire composition process, including clear and targeted advice about recording, scoring and assessment. Let students work through the resource at their own pace, or hand out sections as needed.
“Well written and explained for students of all abilities… This is a very student-orientated book, as their learning of the different elements is clearly at the centre of this publication… The small theory exercises/tasks are great for getting students to immediately use their knowledge in a practical way… Using this booklet, I imagine my students would make good progress in terms of their understanding of the musical elements in the areas of study, their understanding of the composition process as a whole, and what is expected for them to do well for this unit of the GCSE… I strongly feel that this resource is not only useful for the unit 4 composition, but also to get students to explore the different areas of study specific to the AQA GCSE, and develop their composition skills throughout the course.” – J Bellfield, Head of Music and Independent Reviewer
“The strength of this resource lies in its clear step-by-step approach with each activity building on previous knowledge to focus creativity and encourage the acquisition of key skills. This process is enhanced by audio examples which reinforce the learning experience… This resource successfully makes use of various visual and theoretical cues to enhance comprehension… Carefully designed to address the skills and knowledge needed to successfully complete Unit 4 AQA GCSE… Contains many useful tasks and exercises which would be perfect for classroom activity and individual development.” – M Bills, Music Teacher, Lecturer and Independent Reviewer
“A fantastic resource for GCSE students to build composition skills through a range of fun and interesting composition activities which support students from beginning to compose right the way through to top-grade GCSE composition. A very thorough and well-written resource… I really like the idea of images as inspiration and have used this in my teaching for years at KS3 and GCSE and found it very effective… I loved the activities for writing short melodies – brilliant, I thought. Useful ideas for further composition activities and useful information about the score requirements for the exam.” – L Waring, Examiner and Independent Reviewer
“This resource contains a wealth of examples, which is a major strength, and a vast amount of knowledge… There are several examples which are incredibly useful to be used within the classroom… Contains all the key words associated with each area of study and covers the entire specification.” – L Williams, Music Teacher and Independent Reviewer
“This is a useful resource that covers all aspects of composing music. It is extremely informative and contains lots of opportunities for students to experiment with all the different AoS which will help students with their composition skills… Will help them to become well-rounded musicians… I feel it covers all AoS very well, and gives an insight on what can be done to incorporate these in their composition.” – J Reiger, Music Teacher and Independent Reviewer
“This is a fabulous resource which is detailed and clear, containing a large supply of suggestions, definitions, tips, exercises and musical examples… There are many tasks that accumulate knowledge and skills, becoming more thorough and enabling the reader to compose with understanding and a depth of quality… Makes the composition process refreshingly approachable and systematic, and not complicated nor daunting… The student is fully equipped to write a piece of high-quality music by the time all exercises have been completed.” – M Thiselton, Music Teacher and Independent Reviewer
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