Welcome to BCMG's Learning Resources

All the learning resources on this website have been created as part of projects run by BCMG. There are resources for young people and resources for adults that work with young people - secondary music teachers, generalist primary teachers, instrumental teachers, community musicians and composer-educators. Some projects have versions for adults and for young people. Some of them are designed to support young people composing, some are new music for young musicians to perform and some are reports. Many of the resources have been created by teachers, composers and music education researchers working collaboratively.

The resources are categorised by Project though you can also search by ability level, type or key word(s). (e.g. cross-curricular links, names of composers etc.) For more information about the projects that inspired the resources, scroll down and click on the project pages.

We are delighted to be able to make the resources free but would ask that you credit BCMG if you use them. We welcome feedback about the resources so please get in touch through the comments box and tell us what you think and how we can improve them.

Featured Resources


Music Maze

Music Maze is a set of composing resources, each taking a different piece of contemporary classical music repertoire as their starting point. 

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Imagine Compose

Imagine Compose is a set of composing resources to use with groups of beginner instrumentalists up to Grade 3. Some resources will also work well with more advanced students.

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Exchanging Notes

Exchanging Notes was an exchange of ideas between teachers and composers designed to strengthen and investigate new strategies for teaching composing across the secondary music curriculum.

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In this section you will find a selection of executive summaries from reports on key BCMG projects setting out key findings and recommendations. The full reports are also available for download. 

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Sequenza is a set of resources exploring composing for solo pieces for different instruments. 

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That's My Music!

That's My Music! is a collection of resources to support the teaching and learning of composing in primary schools. It is designed to accompany the BCMG project of the same name which comprises of workshops in schools and CPD for teachers. 

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Creating Music at Home

This resource includes composing activities for children and young people that they can do at home with or without instruments. The activities are all inspired by or linked to existing pieces of music.  Activities will be added each week. Upcoming themes include: sounds in the house and garden, superheroes and graphic scores. 

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Making Melodies

This set of resources is a collection of fun ways to create melodies. New activities will be added each week. The activities are designed for children who play a musical instrument, even at a beginner level.

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