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Composition, Theory and Practice (Mixed Level)

Course Description

On this course, students will be composing their own music or composing music with a given idea from the teacher. Every student will be encouraged to express themselves by composing in any style they prefer, such as classical, modern, jazz, minimal, serial, ethnic and will be taught compositional techniques, music theory and other information relevant to the chosen style. Counterpoint, harmony, form, and orchestration will be taught when applicable.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

Students who want to apply for this course are required to have a basic understanding of music notation, intervals and chords. All instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome. You will also be expected to complete an Individual Learning Plan to help support your progress.

Course Content

The course will provide a supportive environment where individuals can develop their composition and music theory skills in relation to musical genres and forms of their choosing. The course will be based in a computer room making available music notation software that will enable you to develop your music digitally but also print scores so it can be performed by musicians. Alternatively, you can learn to write scores by hand if this is your preferred method. Please note: although you will be introduced to all the above over a single term (10 weeks), the course is developmental over the whole year. If you sign up for the full three terms (courses A, B and C) at the start of the academic year e.g. August/September you will be entitled to the early bird discount.

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will learn through, practical activities, group exercises and peer assessment, listening and analysis, demonstration and discussion, use of supporting online materials, individual practice, use of ILT and continuous assessment. There is no homework associated with the sessions but please do discuss extension activities with your tutor.


You will be continually assessed through your practical activities and will receive feedback in a variety of ways e.g. peer assessment, verbal and written feedback from your teacher.

Next Steps and Progression

Upon successful completion of the course, you may be able to progress to accredited courses at Level 1, progress to our song writing and listening skills classes or even music production which is based on creating original music.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat, phone on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

This course is not eligible for Additional Learning Support (ALS), however teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs.??Reasonable adjustments including assistive equipment and also access support can be made available through our Disability Officer.? Digital learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.?

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support for some course fees. You may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572