Composition Workshop B

When and Where

13 Jan 2020 - 30 Mar 2020 (22 hours, 11 weeks)
Days and times
Monday 14:30 - 16:30
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Paul Sarcich
Course code

What you will learn

A course which will enable students to build completed pieces of music through a mixture of taught techniques and utilisation of students' own musical ideas. Students will be given frameworks in which to write pieces and there will be continuous tutor feedback and class discussion of the works as they build up. Performances of pieces may happen in class, or by Morley groups that students write for.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Understand the nature of the human voice and different vocal types
  • Understand important considerations in writing for the voice
  • Analyse existing pieces of chamber music to see various techniques being used
  • Understand some of the main considerations in combining different instruments into a group
  • Build a piece of vocal or chamber music

Class format and activities

Classes will mix the analysis of demonstrated material with the development of student pieces in a roughly 30/70 ratio.
Students will be guided on the rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and formal aspects of their work in order to produce a piece suitable for consideration by performers.
Study pieces for this term: Berlioz - Requiem (Quarens Me and Sanctus), Byrd - Justorium Anime, Two arrangements of "Can't Help Falling in Love"

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

A solid theoretical background (ABRSM 6+ or equivalent), fluent reading and writing of standard music notation, the ability to produce musical ideas for further development.

What you need to know before you enrol

Time will need to be spent out of class in inventing and developing musical idea to make pieces.

What you will need for your class

Notebook, manuscript paper, data stick.

What you can do next

This course continues next term as 'Composition Workshop C'. You may also be interested in the 'Orchestration and Arranging' course and in any 'A Listener's Guide to Music' course, such as 'The Brief History of Western Music' or the 'History of the Opera' courses.