I created this booklet for Year 9 GCSE students. It introduces composition techniques, showing how to use devices in harmony, melody, rhythm, texture and timbre and dynamics to develop musical ideas.
This is written for a beginner, though uses specific vocabulary such as chord names and Italian terminology in an accessible way.
The contents of this guide:
Structure - binary, ternary, rondo, pop song form, 32-bar form.
Melody - sequence, steps/leaps, inversion
Rhythm - ostinato, dotted rhythms, syncopation, triplets
Harmony - related chords
Texture - melody and accompaniment, counter-melody, imitation, canon, call and response
Dynamics - forte, piano, crescendo, decrescendo
Timbre - idiomatic writing