Young Composer's Toolkit

What is the Young Composer's Toolkit?

Created specifically for under 25s, this toolkit is designed to help you find events, competitions, advice, videos and more to help develop your composing skills. 

If you have any ideas that might help to develop this toolkit, please get in touch.



Find more opportunities, events and competitons for young composers on our Opportunities Listings. An online forum for young composers

Heather Roche Advice from composer Heather Roche on working as a composer 

Go Compose Regional composition workshops for young people aged 12 - 18

Junior RNCM Extra-curricular music training on Saturdays during term time

Aldeburgh Young Musicians Artistic development for gifted musicians under 18

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Creative music making and composing activities

Birmingham Young Composers' Project workshops for young composers aged 14 - 18 in collaboration with Birmingham Conservatoire of Music

South West Music School Composers' Programme

National Youth Orchestra Creative hub

Royal College of Music Sparks Composing workshops for 13-18 year-olds, spring term and summer holidays

Leeds College of Music Junior department Summer workshops: includes song writing and composing

Arts Award Supports people under 25 to develop as artists and arts leader through five different award level

Composing for Film and Television A video series with Debbie Wiseman from the Sound and Music Summer School 2013

Starting points for composition A video series from Sound and Music's Summer School tutors

Promoting yourself as an artist  Q&A session by Scanner from the Sound and Music Summer School 2014

Composition Lab Online resources exploring every orchestral instrument, plus information on composing and contemporary music

Philharmonia Orchestra Online resources exploring the orchestra, instruments and repertoire

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Composing and creative music-making resources

Fanfare Ideas on composing fanfares from the Royal Opera House in conjunction with their annual competition

Tips for Young Composers A selection of videos from BBC covering melody, timbe, texture and structure

Learning Zone Additional materials on music and music technology from the BBC

NUMU A safe community for sharing your music with other young people

Tomorrow's Warriors Inspires, champions, nurtures and promotes gifted and talented jazz musicians

The Sound Vault Free music making resources from Music for Youth

BBC Inspire Competition Annual competition for young composers aged 12 - 18

Young Composers & Improvisers' Workshop Online resource from the USA for teachers who want to bring creativity into their music lessons

Listen Imagine Compose Supports teachers teaching composition at KS3 and KS4 through resources, research and CPD. NEW in 2016: certified CPD and resources now available

Minute of Listening Sound and Music's ground breaking application that provides a different minute of music or sound each day for primary schools

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Schools' programme

Sonic Pi Explore and teach programming concepts through the process of creating new sounds with an emphasis on creativity. Includes KS3 lesson plans

Take Note! Resources for teachers from the New York Philharmonic

Making Music Mine Resources for teachers to help students develop their cognitive thinking skills when exploring music from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Infinity Providing grassroots support to non-specialist teachers in the form of a music resource pack and CPD opportunities

Love Music Trust Primary Music Curriculum resource

Musical Bridges Guides, case studies and video supporting classroom activity 

BBC 10 pieces For secondary schools; includes ideas and resources for composing

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