Education & training

I Can Compose

Stockport, Manchester, UK

North-West England

Welcome to I Can Compose, the website dedicated to GCSE and A Level Music composition.

For students

Are you looking for help with:

  • starting your composition?
  • developing your piece?
  • getting top marks for your music coursework?

For teachers and schools

Do you want to access to:

  • student-friendly tutorials?
  • focussed listening activities?
  • commentaries on current issues in music education?

How I Can Compose works

Inspiration

Composing starts with listening. Here, you’ll find lots of different genres to broaden your musical listening experience. For each piece, you will learn about context and key features of the music. There’s also a section to challenge you to think about how the music applies to you and your composition.

Courses

It’s free to register to access our fun and engaging tutorials. Some courses are free and for others there is a small charge. In each tutorial, I compose alongside you so that you can see and hear how a piece can develop. You then decide whether to follow my composition model or go in your own direction. Start creating your own musical masterpiece and track your progress with your personal dashboard.

Blog

Founder and Secondary music teacher, Rachel Shapey’s musings on all things musical, including interviews with brilliant composers and musicians – be inspired!

Register for free

Once you’re registered, you’ll have access to all our free courses and when you’re ready, you can try out the premium courses too.

Sage Gateshead

+44 (0)191 443 4661

Sage Gateshead, Saint Mary's Square, Gateshead, United Kingdom

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra and the leading professional orchestra in the North East.

More information

Sage Gateshead offers a wide choice of courses and workshops for the community, young people and schools.

View the brochure here


Schools and Early Years Join in with Music

If you work with children and young people, we have something to support your curriculum and enrich your music culture. Our wide range of activities are delivered in schools and settings across the region as well as at Sage Gateshead and are available for all ages, abilities and Key Stages.

If you are interested in a one-off experience or a long-term partnership, we can help you get the very most from music.

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North-East England

Sage Gateshead is an international home for music and musical discovery, bringing about a widespread and long-term enrichment of the musical life of the North East of England.

Our inclusive approach enables all our performance, learning and participation programmes to be constantly inspired and supported by each other.


North Music Trust

Sage Gateshead and all aspects of its work regionally, nationally and internationally are managed and programmed by North Music Trust. Our unique management structure ensures that all aspects of our artistic programme – performance, learning and participation – are closely linked with each other.

Our team work to this Mission:

  • To entertain, involve and inspire each and every person we meet through engagement with outstanding music and creative events.

With the following Values:

  • We value all kinds of music equally, and are committed to including, inspiring and encouraging everyone through our programmes of performance and participation, learning and training;
  • We are passionate about offering the best experience for all who work and play here, together building an invigorating, inspirational environment
  • We aspire to be pioneers at the forefront of innovation and excellence, enthusiastically embracing new work, new trends and new thinking
  • We aim for the greatest possible inclusion in the way we build meaningful relationships through shared experiences and creative journeys
  • We are proud to use our national and international positioning to create new social, creative and economic opportunities for our region and for the communities we exist to serve

Jolly Music

+44 (0)20 8501 0405

Tailours House, High Road, Chigwell IG7 6DL, United Kingdom

The Music Handbooks
Provide teachers with step-by-step lesson plans and accompanying CD’s for teaching music skills to a class.

The Music Handbook Beginners
A complete resource for teaching music skills in a fun and effective way.

The Music Handbook Level 1
A complete resource for teaching music skills in a fun and effective way. Follows on from Beginners level.

The Music Handbook Level 2
A complete resource for teaching music skills in a fun and effective way. Follows on from Level 1.

The Music Handbook Level 3
A complete resource for teaching music skills in a fun and effective way. Follows on from Level 2.


Jolly Music Big Books
These full-colour big books, with integral fold-out stand, are suitable for whole class singing. The ideal accompaniment to the Music Handbooks.

Jolly Music Big Book Beginners
The perfect accompaniment to The Music Handbook Beginners, containing the complete collection of 5 rhymes and 24 songs in a large easy-to-read format.

Jolly Music Big Book Level 1
The perfect accompaniment to The Music Handbook, Level 1, containing the complete collection of 7 rhymes and 29 songs in a large easy-to-read format.

Jolly Music Big Book Level 2
The perfect accompaniment to The Music Handbook, Level 2, containing the complete collection of 4 rhymes and 25 songs in a easy-to-read format.

Jolly Music Big Book Level 3
 The perfect accompaniment to The Music Handbook, Level 3, containing the complete collection of 4 rhymes and 25 songs in a easy-to-read format.

South-East England

Teach music in school with Jolly Music

Get your class singing!

Jolly Music has been developed so that any primary/elementary teacher, whether they are a musician or non-specialist, can effectively teach music to schoolchildren and help them learn to love music! The carefully developed primary/elementary music resources offer clear step-by-step guides to singing lessons, accompanying Audio CDs for additional teaching support, and illustrated Big Books with song lyrics, giving teachers the confidence to teach music in an effective and enjoyable way.

Teach music skills in a fun & effective way with Jolly Music!

Jolly Music is based on the tried and tested principles of Hungarian composer and music educator, Zoltán Kodály. Using this philosophy, Cyrilla Rowsell and David Vinden, both experienced practitioners and teachers of the Kodály method, have developed the Jolly Music programme.

Jolly Music is a structured and progressive programme for teaching music skills to children. It is a multi-sensory programme, with all the teaching done through singing. This approach enables children to become instant music makers without the need to learn how to play an instrument.

How does Jolly Music work?

Through a repertoire based on playground rhymes and songs, children become aware of musical elements including pulse, rhythm, pitch, loudness and speed. Activities and musical games support multi-sensory learning and make the lessons fun. The singing lessons are carefully structured to build the key musical skills of listening, singing in tune, inner hearing, and ultimately reading and writing music. Taught in this way, classroom music will build children’s motivation, enthusiasm and confidence, and lay the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment.

PartPlay

London, United Kingdom

PartPlay is an interactive learning resource that gives you the opportunity to play along with professional musicians.

Users can play along with professional ensembles and mute, solo, slow down or loop any combination of parts within a piece of chamber music thanks to innovative recording techniques developed by PartPlay to achieve a result which has the highest quality of video and audio, using top-level equipment and professional sound and video engineers.

PartPlay has a number of great features to help you learn. You can bookmark your favourite pieces, listen to dedicated commentary on every movement given by our professional team of players, and can even watch close up video of every player’s line, enabling detailed study of technique, articulation and musicianship.

PartPlay features amazing a continuously expanding repertoire and features musicians such as the Maggini, Castalian and Coull Quartets.

 

Wren Music

+44 (0)183 753 754

Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton, United Kingdom

South-West England

Wren Music is a company of skilled, experienced and highly qualified professional musicians of international repute. In addition to their artistic talent, they bring the qualities required by skilled educationalists.

These include strong people skills and innovative teaching practices as well as a passionate commitment to working creatively with individuals and communities.

Wren enables thousands of people every year to participate with music using voice or instruments through traditional and folk music. We have over 30 years’ experience in community music and can offer ‘off the shelf’ workshops or build projects around your needs.

Wren is deeply rooted in local communities as well as having a national and international reach, working in partnership with traditional artists from all over the world. Wren runs events and concerts all across Devon with many opportunities to get involved as well as to listen.

Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK)

+44 (0)844 811 1116 (UK) / 01526 2449 (Republic of Ireland)

Sherbourne Drive, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

• Training of Music School Teachers

• Yamaha Music Schools

Primary Businesses of Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK)

• Musical instruments (Pianos, Digital musical instruments, Wind, String and percussion instruments, Guitars and Drums, Educational musical instruments, Professional audio equipment, Music Schools and Music Education)

• Audio & Video

• Educational Development

• Instrumental and sheet music retail through Yamaha Music London

• Research and development through our R&D centre in Chiswick

Primary Activities of Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK):

• Junior Original Concert

• Training of Music School Teachers

• Participating in the YMFE-Scholarship Program

• Yamaha Music Schools

• Jazz Scholarship Awards

• Yamaha Jazz Experience

• YES Magazine (Yamaha Educational Supplement)

• Childine Rocks

• Yamaha Artiste Programme

• Yamaha Download

• Participating in the YMFE-Scholarship Program

• Jazz Scholarship Awards

• Yamaha Artiste Programme

Yamaha’s history began when its founder, Torakusu Yamaha, repaired a broken reed organ in 1887. Shortly thereafter, he successfully completed the first reed organ to be built in Japan.

Since then, Yamaha has continued to produce high-quality products by blending traditional craftsmanship with advanced digital technology. The quality of sound produced by a Yamaha musical instrument reflects the long years of accumulated technical expertise and the skilled craftsmanship of the Company.

With our unique expertise and sensibilities, gained from our devotion to sound and music, the Group is committed to creating excitement and cultural inspiration together with people around the world.

Music Generation

+353 1 475 8454

NCH Building, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, Ireland

Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, Music Generation, transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high-quality performance music education, comprising vocal and instrumental tuition – encompassing all musical genres and all types of instruments and vocal styles – delivered by skilled professional musicians.  

Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and local Music Education Partnerships.


Header photo: Music Generation Westport Children’s Choir in rehearsals for A Nation’s Voice © Clodagh Kilcoyne / Arts Council

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

+44 (0)1442 824255

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Mansion Drive, Tring, United Kingdom

Music Overview

A Music Department for the whole school

  • Our Music Department has a foot in both camps - straddling both the academic and vocational areas of the curriculum providing pupils with the skills necessary to become professional performers.
  • Our Music staff work closely with the other departments in the School to provide an in-depth and rounded musical education and training.  Music at Tring Park covers a wide range of genres to a very high standard, and many pupils from the School go on to study Music in Further Education.
  • Music is taught to GCSE (Edexcel), AS and A Level (WJEC).  In addition, we teach Music Technology BTEC National Diploma (Level 3).
  • Pupils in the Music Department are prepared for the performance aspect of these examinations by more than twenty very experienced musicians and teachers.

Commercial Music in the Sixth Form

  • This innovative, specialist course focuses on Pop, Rock and Jazz music. It is aimed at musicians interested in enhancing and developing their understanding of the pop idiom and gives them the skills to pursue professional work or further training.
  • Live performance constitutes a substantial proportion of the course and there are opportunities throughout the School to collaborate with some of the other vocational departments. The creative aspect of the Commercial Music Course allows pupils to write original material, create their own arrangements and write for commissions.

East of England

Tring Park stands at the forefront of artistic specialist education in the UK.

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts offers an exceptional opportunity to young people who show an outstanding talent for the performing arts, while recognising the benefits of a fine academic education.

Tring Park provides a unique community for talented young people, regardless of means or background, who have a passion for Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre or Commercial Music. We nurture creativity and aim for excellence at all times. Tring Park is dedicated to the provision of a challenging and diverse learning experience within a supportive environment.

NYMAZ

+44 (0)19 0454 3382

Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, York YO23 1BW, United Kingdom

Yorkshire and Humberside

We run music projects for 0-19-year-olds living in North Yorkshire, working with professional musicians to help children and young people develop new musical and personal skills, explore their creativity and build their confidence.

Working with brilliant partners like Live Music Now, Harrogate International Festivals, Connecting Youth Culture, Accessible Arts & Media, Musicport, Dales Jam, Skipton Extended Learning for All and Skipton Camerata, our projects cover a wide range of genres from pop and rock to jazz, world, classical and folk.

Sing Up

+44 (0)20 7908 5148

74-77 Great Russell Street, London, United Kingdom

Sing Up places singing at the heart of education by providing a complete singing package through a digital music platform, termly magazine and training.

With over ten years’ experience at the forefront of music education, Sing Up has created Membership packages that are flexible and well-loved by teachers and vocal leaders across the world. Whether you are a teacher, a freelance music educator, a music service or a music education hub, Sing Up will enable you to cultivate strong communities and healthy, happy and confident students.

Membership includes access to over 850 fantastic songs, from pop to classical, arranged to promote good vocal health in young voices. The resources are designed to help you use singing for cross-curricular learning in the classroom or to act as a complete foundation for musical learning across the school, with Early Years to age 18 and beyond.

British Kodály Academy

+44 (0)24 7641 1269

London, United Kingdom

London

The British Kodály Academy is a registered charity working to promote the advancement of British music education, following the teachings of the composer and educator, Zoltán Kodály.

Kodály training develops musicianship through singing. The student engages in the most direct of musical responses without the technical demands of an instrument. This practical approach combined with a clear progression from the simple to the complex facilitates the development of excellent musicianship skills such as sight singing and keen pitch discrimination as well as high levels of musical literacy. Kodály training is suitable for all ages and stages and can be applied to all kinds of music from classical to world music and jazz.

The BKA runs courses for all adults. There are residential courses, day courses and fully accredited certification courses. We welcome specialist and non-specialist music teachers in all settings, whether working with children or adults, including Early Years, instrumental teachers and choir directors. We also welcome anyone wanting to develop their own singing, musicianship and, where applicable, conducting skills. All courses offer an opportunity to view and purchase a wide range of books and resources to support learning and teaching at all stages.

The BKA is a not-for-profit organisation which relies mainly on the subscriptions of its members. Run by a dedicated team of trustees and officers, the BKA is proud of its distinguished patrons and its affiliation to the International Kodály Society (IKS) and welcomes links with other like-minded people and organisations sympathetic to its aims.

Membership is open to all.

ICMP

+44 (0)20 7328 0222

Foundation House, 1A Dyne Rd, London NW6 7XG, United Kingdom

London

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is widely regarded as one of Europe’s leading schools of modern music. Located in London and established over 30 years ago, they have been developing and delivering cutting-edge courses to students of contemporary music for longer than any other UK-based school.

Their pride themselves on the continuing success of our alumni – within 6 months of graduating, over 90% of graduates are in employment or further education; around two-thirds are engaged in music-related jobs or study; and the average salary of ICMP graduates is almost 12% above that for arts graduates. Key to their philosophy is the understanding that every student is unique. They focus on the needs and potential of individual students, ensuring that the music education they provide is tailored and personalised, giving you the best chance of success in the very competitive and challenging environment of the music industry.
Previous students and graduates include:

  • Denai Moore
  • Foxes
  • Ed O’Brien (Radiohead)
  • Daughter
  • Matt Maltese
  • Luke Patterson (Clean Bandit)
  • Andrew Davie (Bear’s Den)
  • Truly Ford

Current tutors include:

  • Imaani Saleem
  • Bill Laurance
  • Audrey Riley
  • Maurizio Malagnini
  • Leddra Chapman
  • Xantone Blacq
  • Gabor Dornyei

Sound Connections

+44 (0)20 7729 7220

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA, United Kingdom

London

Sound Connections develops, enables and empowers individuals and organisations to deliver high-quality music-making with children and young people across London.

We achieve this through three interconnected strands of activity:

  • Music programmes and projects: We are uniquely placed to manage meaningful partnerships and programmes providing music-making activities for 0-24-year-olds across London. In partnership, we provide music-making, mentoring and work experience opportunities to develop young people and improve their opportunities in life. We also bring young people into decision-making, enabling them to engage and contribute more fully to the debate around their provision.
  • Information and training: We provide a wide range of courses, bespoke advice and support to those delivering and managing activity to ensure higher quality music provision for young people. We also offer extensive information on job roles and work within the sector and signpost to a broad range of training and networking provision.
  • Research and development: By using the knowledge and evidence gathered from our activities, training programmes and relationships with over 2,500 members and regional and national decision-makers, we continue to inform and improve the music education sector.
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Take Art

+44 (0)1460 249450

The Mill, Flaxdrayton Farm South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5LR

In case you didn’t know, Take Art is a unique, magical, life-changing organisation that doesn’t live in a venue, or studio or a whacking great theatre, but in the villages, towns and rural communities of Somerset.

Every year we work with thousands of people across the county, providing opportunities for all ages and abilities to experience, participate and work within the arts. From our hub in South Petherton, we run one of the UK’s most celebrated rural touring schemes, along with county-wide projects that focus on supporting artists, children, young people and communities….

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Urban Development

+44 (0)20 8536 0630

Unit 31, Tileyard Studios, Tileyard Rd, Kings Cross, London N7 9AH, UK

As a music development organisation based in Kings Cross’ Tileyard Studios, Urban Development plays an integral role in the growth of urban music in the UK.

Combining business acumen with an understanding of youth culture, we stand at the crossroads where the creativity of underground new music meets the music industry.

Abram Wilson © Benjamin Amure

Abram Wilson Foundation

London, UK

We provide:

  • Creative workshops in schools combining music with drama, dance and creative writing
  • Training for teachers to help them teach more creatively
  • Mentoring for talented, up and coming musicians
  • Training for our mentees to become workshop leaders
  • Live performances in the form of showcase events, gigs and touring

London

Founded in 2012, the Abram Wilson Foundation (AWF) is inspired by the late, great Abram Wilson and the values he embodied as both a critically acclaimed, award-winning musician and an inspiring educator.

His legacy and spirit live on in our work and those who are proud to have called him their teacher and mentor. In his short life, Abram achieved greatness. The Foundation exists to help others do the same.

Mission

The Abram Wilson Foundation supports young people to achieve their greatness through music.

What do we aim to do?

To equip young people with 21st century skills
Engagement in the arts helps develop key skills such as creativity and confidence – skills that are crucial for young people to thrive in and adapt to the rapid-paced change of 21st century society.

To improve access to the arts
Since 2010, the arts have been squeezed out of the curriculum, risking a two-tier system where those from underprivileged backgrounds continue to be deprived access to a creative education and/or career. We want to address this inequality and help make the arts accessible for all.

To help support the future of music in the UK
Through our growing music platform, we are helping to launch and sustain the careers of talented up-and-coming musicians.

How do we do it?

  • Creative workshops in schools combining music with drama, dance and creative writing
  • Training for teachers to help them teach more creatively
  • Mentoring for talented, up-and-coming musicians
  • Training for our mentees to become workshop leaders
  • Live performances in the form of showcase events, gigs and touring

Who do we work with?

  • Disadvantaged young people between 11-16 years with little to no engagement in the arts
  • Talented up-and-coming musicians in the early to mid-stages of their careers

What do we mean by greatness?

  • Developing skills under our 5Cs: Creativity, Confidence, Collaboration, Communication and Critical Thinking
  • Succeeding in a full-time sustainable creative career

What role does music play?

The vast majority of our artists are trained in jazz and are inspired by everything from New Orleans, folk, afrobeat, hiphop/grime and Latin influences.

How do we make our work sustainable?

We aim to emulate the lessons we learned from Abram, an artist who was as much dedicated to his career as a professional musician as he was to passing on his knowledge to the next generation, inspiring his students to have the confidence to thrive. Since 2012, we have laid the foundations for a Lifelong Learning Model where we build an ever-increasing cohort of artists and educators who remain engaged with AWF throughout their careers, paying it forward by acting as role models, mentors and educators and in turn ‘recycling their greatness’.

Parsons Music Academy

Parsons Music Academy

+852 2333 1863

Railway Plaza, 39 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Parsons Music Academy aims to promote music culture and nurture music talents in Hong Kong.

Apart from offering music, art and language courses, we also organise concerts, master classes as well as parents’ discussions. Through the above activities, we consolidate students’ music knowledge and enhance their performing skills in order to achieve our goal of ‘all-round education and comprehensive care’.

Tom Lee Music Academy

Tom Lee Music Academy

+852 2739 1389

30 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Making music accessible and developing the skills and appreciation for it are what we strive for:  the mission of Mr Thomas Lee, Founder of Tom Lee Music Foundation in Hong Kong.

The Foundation plays a key role in the musical arena of Hong Kong to nurture the love and joy of music. Tom Lee Music Academies with top facilities are operated throughout the territory providing a wide range of music courses for children and adults. The teachers under the Foundation are highly qualified professionals dedicated to bringing out talent in students and teaching them the joy of music-making.

Under the leadership of our Director, Mr Frank Lee, our music courses are renowned for being systematic and enjoyable. A variety of music courses are offered among which is the world famous Yamaha Music Program specially designed by Yamaha Music Foundation, Japan for young children to acquire strong musical skills and enhance personal development in an exciting and fun environment.

CM

Community Music (CM)

+44 (0)20 7377 0621

Brady Arts & Community Centre, 192-196 Hanbury St, London E1 5HU, UK

London

Community Music (CM) is a youth and community music organisation that provides creative music making opportunities for people of all backgrounds.

We do this through a diverse and exciting programme of courses, live gigs, informal training and events, including degree level music production and business training, free instrumental tuition, career development and support packages, music leader training courses and a whole host of live events from small intimate gigs in our purpose built theatre to hosting our own stage at the Underage Festival. All of our programme is either free or very low cost to the user.

Our experience, diverse team and industry standard facilities mean that we are able to work directly within the local community, running grass roots projects and delivering tailor-made training and support on a one to one and group level, whilst also offering our programme on a national and international basis.

We work with children, young people and adults aged 13 years and up. We aim to provide a safe, welcoming space where young people and adults can explore the music making opportunities available to them, try new things and develop a passion for music.

All our tutors and leaders are professional musicians or producers currently working in the music industry. We train all our music leaders in house and all our tutors are fully qualified and highly experienced.

We work in partnership with a host of local and national companies, institutions and professionals to ensure our provision is of the highest quality. Our partners include the University of Westminster, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service, Eat Your Own Ears and Futureversity to name but a few.

 

Hong Kong cityscape

Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

+852 2584 8500

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, established by Government Ordinance in 1984, is a leading tertiary institution in performing arts in Asia.  It provides professional undergraduate education and practice-based postgraduate studies. The study encompasses Chinese Opera, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts.  Its educational philosophy reflects the cultural diversity of Hong Kong with emphasis on Chinese and Western traditions, and interdisciplinary learning.

The Academy awards bachelor honours degrees and master’s degrees that are accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.  Diploma and advanced diploma programmes are also offered in Chinese Opera, Dance and Music.

Aside from the main campus in Wanchai, Béthanie, the site of the institution’s Landmark Heritage Campus in Pokfulam, has housed training facilities for the School of Film and Television since 2007.