A Stockport entrepreneur who founded I Can Compose has been shortlisted for her third business award less than a year after launching.
The founder of I can compose, Rachel Shapey, is a finalist in the Outstanding Music Education Product category at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence in London in March.
The awards ceremony, which will be held at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel in Mayfair, will celebrate the “best and brightest in performing arts education”, according to the organisers.
Rachel’s online music education platform, I can compose, has already won a Stelios Philanthropic Foundation Award for disabled entrepreneurs in 2018. She was also a finalist in the 2018 Enterprise Vision Awards.
I can compose is a unique platform that provides interactive step-by-step courses to help students compose music in a range of styles and genres.
Rachel uses tried and tested methods from her years of teaching composition at GCSE and A level to develop courses teaching everything from how to follow a score to how to compose a jazz piece.
The I can compose platform lets students find inspirational, fun and engaging tutorials to help them create their own compositions. It also allows teachers to access helpful, expert resources, either for free or at a low cost.
“I have been teaching music for 15 years and I haven’t come across anything so well-designed and carefully thought-out. The work my students have produced has far surpassed my expectations and given them confidence in the composition process,” says Diana Tarry, Director of Music at Blue Coat C of E School in Coventry.
“I am over the moon that I can compose has been so well received by students, teachers and the wider music education community.
“To be shortlisted in the Outstanding Music Education Product category at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence is a great honour, especially within a year of launching I can compose. I have great plans for I can compose, including more courses and building an engaged community for music educators and aspiring composers.”