When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Edward Henderson
  • Course Code W22CCLI01C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

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. Performance of pieces may happen in class, or by Morley groups that students write for.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand a number of important considerations in writing for chamber groups and orchestras
  • Understand the formal and orchestrational aspects of writing for ensembles
  • Analyse existing pieces of music to see various techniques being used
  • Build a piece of orchestral or chamber music


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Classes will mix the analysis of demonstrated material with the development of student pieces. Students will be guided on the rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and formal aspects of their work in order to produce a piece suitable for presentation in score form. Study pieces for this term: Stravinsky The Soldier's Tale, Holst The Planets

    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. You will need to complete homework on a weekly basis. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the following learning outcomes. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals. Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time.

    What you need

    Notebook, manuscript paper, data stick. During the first session, you will receive guidance from your tutor about how to access the online course material, such as recordings and sheet music.

    What you can do next

    You may want to repeat the same course starting in September. You may also be interested in the 'Orchestration and Arranging' course, the 'ABRSM Grade 8 Music Theory & Musicianship' course or any instrumental course Morley offers.