This module explores important historical and contemporary techniques and approaches to composition to give you a range of ways of thinking about creating, varying, transforming and organising musical materials. We will look at examples of compositional ingenuity in a range of areas (e.g. extended forms of tonality, rhythmic techniques) from across a range of musical styles (e.g. classical, pop, jazz). The concepts and techniques explored are intended as springboards for your own creative engagement and technical development. We’ll also consider the compositional process from ways of getting started to final stage proofreading and editing, and help you develop your musical notation skills. You will compose for an ensemble made up of students from the class, with works being developed during rehearsal workshops over successive weeks. Where possible, your second assignment composition will be workshopped and recorded by professional guest musicians.