Listening, composing and performing are the foundation of Projects, Patric Standford’s exciting new composition manual that meets the varied demands of ‘A-level’ and undergraduate courses. Former head of Composition at Bretton College of Higher Education, respected composer and tireless advocate of new music, Standford begins unashamedly with melody. Through a study of historical examples, students quickly learn to write their own, then master rhythm, harmony and the construction of canons before creating original pieces for melody instruments, keyboard, and percussion ensemble. With a wealth of illustrations and full of good sense, Standford’s practical text ensures a constant helping hand for the young composer, showing how music of the past and present, carefully observed, can unlock the novice’s imagination. Beautifully produced, Projects combines a sound respect for the fundamentals of music-making with the one element essential for its success - enjoyment.