Composing to video
Composing to video is an option often explored at Key Stage 3 and, thanks to the nature of some composition briefs, the concept is at least explored in many of the A level courses. With BTEC courses at Key Stage 5, there are even some units specifically targeted at developing this skill. As a result, a specific option to compose to video often feels conspicuous by its absence at Key Stage 4. That said, none of the specifications forbid candidates from using video as part of their compositional process, even if the final synchronised video can’t be included as part of the submission to the exam board. This resource investigates how teachers can guide pupils to complete a composition task centred around video in such a way that the finished audio will meet the examiner’s needs, whether or not they can see the footage itself.