Compose & Perform Training for Teachers


On September 15th Drake Music held its second Compose and Perform Training Day for schools, as part of our Think2020 programme to boost inclusivity in music education.

Compose and Perform logo in yellowCompose & Perform is our accredited music course for young people, which is accessible to all. To our knowledge, it is the only specifically accessible music course which offers an accredited qualification.

When schools become Compose & Perform centres we work with them to ensure they have a clear understanding of what is involved in both teaching and assessing the course and feel comfortable and confident to do so.

So, last week Teachers and Teaching Assistants from our new Compose and Perform centres for 2017-18 gathered in London to learn about approaches to:

  • delivering the Compose and Perform units
  • assessing the musical achievements and outputs of the disabled young people taking the course

Activities on the day included using Audacity software and iPad apps to record, modify and then play sounds as part of our ‘Creating Film Soundtracks for Films’ unit – a very popular part of the course.

The schools also shared examples of their existing practice in Music, including films of their work and teaching and learning resources.

Here’s some of the feedback we received on the day:

I’ve just had a meeting with M. to discuss her training day and plans for the week ahead. She’s really positive about the training and has embarked on using some of your ideas to deliver the unit ‘Film Music’
(Stanley Park High School)

Thanks for the training on Friday – we really enjoyed it and we’re looking forward to getting started with the course!
(Oak Grove College)

For more information about Drake Music’s Compose and Perform Course, please contact

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