Fanfare Competition - About the resources

Fanfare Competition - About the resources

Lesson 1 of 12 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 10
  • The Arts
  • Music
  • ...

Lesson summary

This comprehensive unit has been created to complement classroom learning in support of the Fanfare Competition.

Through collaborative learning activities students build their aural and technical skills while exploring music as an art form through listening, composing and performing. Students are encouraged to apply their learning by creating their own compositions to enter the competition.

The resources align to the Australian Curriculum, the General Capabilities, and the Cross-Curriculum Priorities as they relate to Music.

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Advice for teachers

The unit provides structures and processes by which teachers can provide continuity of study, however, teachers do not have to follow the sequence of learning directly, but can select lessons to complement their existing learning programs. Each lesson is designed to build students’ musical ability and knowledge so that they can complete their Fanfare Composition entry in their own time. Teachers should set the scene by introducing the details of the competition at the beginning of the unit. The first lesson of the unit ‘Create a fanfare and enter the competition‘, can be used as a stand alone lesson if teachers have limited time or as the finial lesson of the unit. This specific lesson is designed to support students as they compose an inspiring 30 second fanfare in their own time.

About artology

Artology develops the creative potential of young people through experiential learning in the arts. Artology’s creative arts programs have connected with over 60 schools and over 2,000 students across Australia. The Fanfare Competition gives young people the opportunity to create a new composition and refine their works with a leading Australian composer and the Australian Youth Orchestra. Their composition is then pre-recorded and played as the ‘cue bells’ at venues across Australia. The project was developed in Australia by Artology in partnership with the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) and Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP). Fanfare is a Learning and Participation project originally created by Royal Opera House, London.

Competition details

Age limit: 12 – 21 years of age (on competition closing date)

For details about competitions closing dates, visit the website here:

Complete the Submission Form to enter the Competition.

What to do:

Step 1: Write your composition in Short Score form (send us your score using a few instruments that best suit your composition) indicating your instrumentation and send us your favourite four (4) bars in full orchestration. Students can use the Fanfare Competition DIY Student Toolkit to help them plan and compose their fanfare.

Step 2: Read the Terms and Conditions.

Step 3: Complete the Submission Form and upload a score and recording of your work (PDF and MP3 files can be uploaded to your application).  If you have composed your work by hand please scan your score and create a sound file on an instrument of your choice and upload to your application.

Complete the Submission Form.

Step 4: Selected composers will participate in two workshop days to refine their compositions with a professional composer. The workshops will be held in Sydney (TBC).

Step 5: Rehearsal and recording day with Australian Youth Orchestra will be held in Sydney (TBC).

Step 6: Works broadcast at venues across Australia

Further information see the website or contact Artology:

Additional info

This lesson is part of the Fanfare Competition unit. The unit is designed for students to build their aural and technical skills while exploring music as an art form through listening, composing and performing. Students are encouraged to apply their learning by planning and organising a composition for the Fanfare Competition.

The competition encourages young people aged 12‐21 years to write a new work to be recorded by the Australian Youth Orchestra and played in venues across Australia to replace the ‘cue bells’ for audiences to take their seats. It is a wonderful way to showcase young artists and musicians, and encourage creativity in young people.

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