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.
The resources were designed to be used in the context of beginner mixed instrumental ensembles but would also work well with Wider Opportunities classes, small group and one to one instrumental lessons. Originally created for 1 to 1 ½ hour sessions, the resources can be broken up into shorter chunks and dropped into a sequence of lessons or ensemble sessions. There is a mix of individual, small group and whole group composing tasks and a range of starting points. These resources here have all been tried by young people in Birmingham Music Service ensembles through the Imagine Compose project funded by Youth Music and have been shaped through discussions between teachers and composers.
Created by composer Liz Johnson and Nancy Evans, BCMG Director of Learning.
In this activity children spontaneously improvise musical conversations in pairs. The activity encourages the children to listen and respond to the musical ideas of a partner through improvisation as well as invent their own. It supports and encourages young musicians to be musically expressive, without worrying about exact pitches or rhythms.
In this activity the children will compose a short piece for a more experienced musician to play (you, another teacher, an older young musician, a visiting musician).