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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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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Schott Music Ltd (1 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902455606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902455600
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 1.1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A great reference book for teachers of GCSE and Btec Music. Broken down into sensible chapters which are easy to refer to individually. There are diagrams in written notation and chord symbols. There are references to songs from all genres and across different styles. I will be using this to help me plan GCSE Music and Level 3 Btec. A great resource, glad I have found it.
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This book divided in 3 parts for a total of 15 chapters and the content is suitable for a music GCSE/A Level course in popular music styles and composition. Many contemporary exemples in a variety of popular styles are included, as well as plenty of listening and composition exercices, many suggestions for planning lessons and assignements for teachers.
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)'.
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