Compose Yourself Review (ThinkFun)

Compose Yourself
What It Is

Compose Yourself is a creative activity that turns kids (and adults) into music composers. The set comes with 60 transparent music cards with music notes on them, a composer code card, instructions, a travel bag, and online tools and resources. Each music card has a code in the upper left-hand corner. If you rotate the card or flip it over, you'll find a different code. You can put the music cards in any order you want. The notes on the cards are in the Treble clef, and there are three kinds of notes: half, quarter, and eighth. Once you pick the music cards you want to use, you enter those codes online to hear what your song sounds like.

Just go to and enter your composer code to get started. (The first time you do this, you'll need to create an account with a parent's email address. Then you can log in with that email and the password you created after that.) Then enter in the codes from your cards. You can use between four and 16 cards. Press the play button to hear your composition played on a marimba or by an orchestra or by both. You can also drag cards to swap the order, flip the cards, or delete any cards you don't want and enter in new card codes. When your song is complete, name it, download an MP3 of your song, share it on social media, or print sheet music of your song so you can play it.

Is It Fun?

Whether or not you play music or can read music, this is a fun and creative activity. Kids will enjoy experimenting with the orientation of the music cards and hearing how flipping or rotating one card changes the whole song. For kids who want to take it a step further, they can even try to write words to their song.

Who It’s For

Compose Yourself is for ages 6 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

Compose Yourself was created by composer Philip Sheppard who has composed more than 30 movie soundtracks and served as music director and producer for the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games and the 2014 Tour de France.

Musician Evelyn Glennie provided the marimba music, and The English Session Orchestra recorded the orchestral music at Abbey Road Studios.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy