What is composing and how is it valued? What does a good education in composing look like; what constraints hinder it and is it possible to overcome such constraints? Can composing be a personal, creative and valuable activity for the school student? What role does the teacher play in all of this? These are questions that I discuss in this reflective study of composing in the classroom.
Rebecca Lewis is a Music Teacher and Assistant Director of Create at a secondary school in Cambridge. She is particularly passionate about music for the masses; about making music accessible and inspiring for those students who are typically excluded or disengaged. A recent focus has been to explore and address the challenges of composing in the classroom.