Composition for stages 4 and 5.

Jim Coyle
Inspiring Music Educator
Teaching composition is often the hardest part of a music teacher's practice, particularly in stages 4 and 5. Educator and composer Jim Coyle offers a variety of sugges...
Target Audience
Classroom music teachers involved in teaching stages 4 and 5.
24 reviews
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Composition activities are often the hardest to program and it can be difficult to obtain good outcomes.
This course is a series of workshops outlining ideas for composition tasks for elective and non-elective music classes from year 7 to year 10. The tasks include ones involving staff notation and others without staff notation. High- and low-tech activities are offered.

Audience

Classroom music teachers involved in teaching stages 4 and 5.

Available Delivery Formats

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

  Start Date Location Availability Price    
Enrol Now 16/03/2018 Northern Sydney Places available $347 + GST Enrol Now

Sessions

Composition in non-elective stage 4 classes

2 hours

In this session, we will undertake two composition tasks that are proposed as models for assignments for this stage. One of them will be a highly-scaffolded notation activity, the other will involve minimal use of staff notation.
Participants will create and perform compositions (performance in groups) and have an opportunity to reflect and review their work.

Composition in elective stage 5 classes

2 hours

This session will focus on notated compositions for small instrumental groups. Participants will create and perform two compositions that are offered as models for stage 5 work. One will be more highly scaffolded than the other. The session will conclude with a plenary discussion on the outcomes of these tasks and their possible use in participants' schools.

Bridging the gap to stage 6 composition

1 hour

This session will focus on work offered in Year Ten music and will offer ways that this work could be extended to create a strong platform for future HSC composers.

What To Bring

Computer or device with Noteflight software installed (preferable to have Sibelius software installed too).
A musical instrument that you can play somewhat, but not extremely well.

User Rating

4.9

Latest Reviews

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Composition for stages 4 and 5
by Grazyna Swansborough on 02/02/2018
Composition for stages 4 and 5
by Lautaro Veloso on 02/02/2018

Excellent presenter. Many excellent, useful resources and the PD activities were hands on.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
02/02/2018

Very relevant and well designed.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
02/02/2018

Great activities and feedback from a teaching composer. Jim was very encouraging. Perhaps start at 8:30AM so there’s more time for activities if we finish at 2"30?

Composition for stages 4 and 5
02/02/2018

A number of scaffolds and ideas were presented. The scaffolds are a source of inspiration as they provide a visual organisation for students. The Powerhouse was a great idea. Very engaging and excellent for providing discussion points.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
by Tye Langford on 02/02/2018

A clear, concise and interactive presentation with great resources and activities.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
by Joan Farrow on 02/02/2018

Lots of ideas. Great structure. Materials very relevant and usable in context of own programs.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
02/02/2018

All activities were relevant. Would have been good to know more about explicit ways to structure the techniques needed to allow students to complete task.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
02/02/2018

Jim is an excellent and insightful presenter!

Composition for stages 4 and 5
02/02/2018

Relevant course for students and teachers to incorporate in lesson. Enjoyed the practical component.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
by Suzanna Lim on 02/02/2018

Very relevant course material and useful tips and methods for classroom lessons.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
02/02/2018

Materials were clearly structured and immediately adaptable. Structure of the course emphasised modelling activities.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
02/02/2018

Hands on, practical approach.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
02/02/2018

Good range of content for all stages.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
by Faith Ling on 02/02/2018

Extremely well time-framed. Offered a wide range of composition scenarios with practical application plus helpful tips and advice.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
02/02/2018

A very hands on approach to each activity. Very accessible resources that I can take and practically implement in my lessons. I would definitely recommend. Very appreciative. Stirred up the ideas pool!

Composition for stages 4 and 5
02/02/2018

Material straight forward and easy to follow.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
by Nic Derricott on 02/02/2018

Fantastic presentation. Fantastic resources.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
02/02/2018

Plenty of engaging activities. Clear and relevant material. Useful straightaway for use in the classroom.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
by Melissa Boulden on 02/02/2018

Handy to have documents sent out as .pdf for those who can’t access certain formats such as Sibelius. Excellent, practical, useful ideas.


About the team


Jim Coyle

Creator

Jim Coyle is a music educator with over twenty years teaching experience. His aim is to engage and inspire students from kindergarten through HSC and into tertiary studies.

Jim is a well-known figure in New South Wales music education; he is a regular keynote presenter at Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Meet the Music seminars. Jim is also the author of a large number of published classroom resources for students from primary school to year twelve and in 2015 began doctoral research at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

www.jimcoylemusic.com