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.
48 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

There are no occurrences of Face to Face in Australia (NSW) at this time.

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.
03/07/2018

Great interactive activities pitched at appropriate levels. Presented extremely well.

Composition for stages 4 and 5.
03/07/2018

Good resources given – useable and appropriate. Great ideas given – as teachers it is hard to find the time to create something new and different.

Composition for stages 4 and 5.
by Nabil Cassis on 03/07/2018

Excellent presenter and well structured course

Composition for stages 4 and 5.
by Laurence Malaesilia on 03/07/2018

Relevant materials to aid towards stage 4/5 music composition. Delivery and examples given are easy to adapt/modify for personal use.

Composition for stages 4 and 5.
03/07/2018

Given a lot of hands-on materials which are very helpful

Composition for stages 4 and 5.
by Kath McGreal on 03/07/2018

Relevant with innovative ideas. Very “hands on” approach modelling to our students. Great take away resources.

Composition for stages 4 and 5.
by Christen Holbrook on 03/07/2018

Relevant, hands-on, fun. I could put what I learnt in place in my classroom straight away.

Composition for stages 4 and 5.
by Matthew Robertson on 03/07/2018

Content is perfectly suitable for Stage 4 & 5 music. Presentation was engaging and interactive.

Composition for stages 4 and 5.
by Becky Bennison on 03/07/2018

Well organised presenter. Practical activities. Good variety of activities across styles

Composition for stages 4 and 5
by Jessica Leung on 22/03/2018

A good variety of composition techniques covered.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
by Paul Cutting on 22/03/2018

Fast paced, no fluff and great anecdotal evidence. Excellent reading of the room and integration of the participants.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
by Heather Skinner on 22/03/2018

Content very relevant, informative and useful. Ideas can be used immediately in the classroom.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
22/03/2018

Day was well structured and all tasks engaging and interesting.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
22/03/2018

Would like to hear more about Stage 6 Composition. How to get students to succeed in Stage 6 Composition for HSC.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
22/03/2018

Very hands on with lots of ideas shared.

Composition for stages 4 and 5q
22/03/2018

Clear examples were invaluable.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
22/03/2018

Content was clear and presented well with the printouts. Great materials I can use in class.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
22/03/2018

Expert knowledge. Highly relevant. Good ideas to take back to class.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
22/03/2018

Very well presented and excellent, relevant work.

Composition for stages 4 and 5
22/03/2018

Lots of practical ideas to take back to the classroom. Very interactive.


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