Composition Programme


Our composition programme is an exciting new experience for 14-18 year old musicians with a passion for composing.

About Our Composition Programme

Online in 2021 - Virtual Ingenium

2022 dates coming soon... 


Composing at the Ingenium Academy international composition summer course


Our composition programme is for 14–18 year old composers of all levels with a passion for writing and discovering new music, and an interest in developing their technique.


Under the guidance of some of the UK’s foremost composers, musicians and specialist teachers, the week-long programme will give students the opportunity to work on individual pieces in their preferred style, and to broaden their appreciation and understanding of different genres and techniques of composition.


Tutors will cover topics including style, instrumentation, theme and structure, as well as specific techniques such as harmony and counterpoint. The course will include both one-to-one sessions and group workshops where students can share their ideas. Our composers will have access to an individual practice room to work on their compositions, and a computer suite with Sibelius notation software.


Visiting instrumental teachers will lead in-depth sessions about their instrument, and composers will have the rare opportunity to ask questions about writing for professional musicians. Students can also collaborate with young musicians from our chamber music, conducting and piano programmes, and will join friends from other programmes to participate in musicianship sessions covering a wide range of subjects, from improvisation to folk music.


The Composition programme will run from 18 July - 1 August 2021. Students can attend for one or two weeks.


Score study on the Ingenium Academy residential composition course in summer 2018

Summer composition programme in England UK


We require all composition applicants to submit two examples of their composition work as well as complete a short questionnaire of musical ‘detective work’ set by the Ingenium Academy. For full details on how to apply visit our Composition Applications page.



Every week, our students take part in a wide range of vocal, instrumental and rhythmical workshops led by internationally renowned experts in jazz, chamber, folk and international music. These workshops are designed to broaden each student's musical experience by exposing them to something new.


Our industry experts lead a variety of workshops that have included:


  • Musical awareness, performance skills and interpretation
  • Conducting
  • Jazz improvisation and performance
  • Instrumental improvisation and devising music
  • Chamber and small ensemble playing
  • Beatboxing and a cappella
  • International music
  • Life in the industry
  • Gospel Choir
  • Health instrumental practice techniques and avoiding injury
  • African drumming and body percussion