The Pop Composer's Handbook: A Step-by-step Guide to the Composition of Melody, Harmony, Rhythm and Structure Paperback – 1 Sep 2006
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Anyone who can pick up a pencil can draw. Anyone who can sing or play an instrument can compose. Following the successful formula of The Composer's Handbook, The Pop Composer's Handbook is a step-by-step guide to the composition of melody, harmony, rhythm and structure and covers styles and song-writing techniques from rock, reggae and salsa to bhangra, club and steel band. The book is aimed at composers aged 11 to 18 and beyond. It includes games and warm-ups, whole-class projects, worksheets and schemes, projects for the more advanced and advice on recording and producing.
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part 1: techniques (rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, instruments, production)
part 2: topics (riffs, songs, islands and continents, club and urban, performing projects for the class)
part 3: project planning ( framework for listening, designing worksheets, schemes of work, the computer in the classroom)
I plan on using this book together with Popular Music (Cambridge Assignments in Music)'.