Activity Introduction

Fanfare Competition DIY Student Toolkit

The Fanfare Competition Teaching Resources

This comprehensive unit has been created to complement classroom learning in support of the Fanfare Competition. Through a series of 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 composition to enter into the competition.

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

Each lesson provides a clear and practical teaching approach, including comprehensive teacher advice and specific student resources required for use in the classroom. The lessons are designed to cater for a range of musical abilities and to be accessible for all students in your music class. Digital elements such as apps and YouTube clips are used to inspire curiosity and engage students in the wondrous world of music. The learning outcomes are designed to build knowledge, understanding, skills and values essential for all students to succeed in and beyond their schooling.

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.

Details for the competition are below:

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:

Artology Fanfare Competition 2016-17 (


Teacher Worksheet

Fanfare Competition Unit Structure

Access the full unit here.

Lesson Title


Create a fanfare and enter the competition

Students will build their understanding of the competition details, past examples of winning entries, a working definition of ‘fanfare’, orchestral score conventions and short-score writing. Fanfare Competition DIY Student Toolkit.

Attention grabbing music

Students are introduced to the concept of a fanfare and explore methods of grabbing attention.

Rhythm inspired composition

Students experiment with rhythm by creating music with syncopation and irregular bar-lengths.

Riff inspired composition

Students use riffs to compose an attention grabbing fanfare.

Tone colour inspired composition

Students explore a wide variety of tone colours (timbres) across families of the orchestra.

Layered compositions

Students learn about musical layers and texture.

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