Please feel free to download and print the pdfs if you think they may give you ideas on how to introduce composition into your weekly lessons. They include both a teachers guide and a pupil's activity sheet. These can be shared freely with your students.
1. Exploring Rhythm with Animals
This is suitable for a younger beginner. It uses rhythm as the starting point to create a song about animals at the zoo.
2. Exploring a theme - A Magical World
This is ideal for an older pupil, or for one who has some pianistic experience and is a good introduction to ternary form.
3. Grandfather Clock
The Grandfather Clock would suit a pupil with some experience of playing hands together, and for a beginner if they limit themselves to using the black keys. The piece introduces the student to the use of ostinato, in addition to the pentatonic scale. It also provides the opportunity to develop independence of hands, especially the ability to play with different articulation in each.
4. Three chord piece
Here is a step-by-step guide to creating a contemporary flowing piece using 3 chords only. Included are examples that can be used as starting points. Ideal for older pupils and for those who enjoy the music of Yiruma, Einaudi and similar composers.