These sessions concentrate on broadening students’ ability “to think in sound” and respond creatively to musical ideas. This provides opportunity for mixed ability group work, helping to integrate the more advanced with the less experienced musicians, creating short themed pieces or “soundscapes”. Each session may start with tutor led stimulus that may be based on a particular theme or inspired idea, which may be anything from a group of 5 notes (e.g. Pentatonic scale), a rhythmic pattern, a poem, a picture etc. Students are encouraged to explore and develop an understanding of compositional techniquesfrom the traditional to contemporary. Each group is sensitively monitored by course tutors to ensure that everyone uses and develops their full potential. Students are taught “how to listen” and are encouraged to comment constructively on the resulting group performances.