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WEBINAR | Pearson / Edexcel A Level Music Technology – Preparing for Component 3: Listening and Analysing

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This webinar will support students in applying the theory work they have completed throughout the course to the unfamiliar listening excerpts in the component 3 paper. The webinar will cover exam technique and an overview of the kind of short answer questions students can expect to see in their exam. There will be a particular focus on the two extended response questions to support students in demonstrating their AO3 and AO4 skills and consideration of how to effectively structure their answer to support them in achieving high marks in these questions.


  • Gain an insight into effective exam technique for the component 3 paper
  • Find out how best to structure your answers, the key terminology you need to succeed ideas to support your revision
  • Build your skills in comparing two tracks using appropriate music technology terminology
  • Structuring your response to evaluate the wider impact of technology: putting your technical theory into context
  • Bringing it all together: managing your time and achieving your best on the day


Introduction to the Paper / General Exam Technique

  • Making the best of the time you have available
  • Terminology / command words / structuring your short answer responses
3:30 – 3:45pm

Short Answer Questions – Examples and Feedback

  • Examples of written questions and diagrams with model responses
  • Improving your answer – how to aim for full marks with examples
3:45 – 4:00pm

Evaluating the Difference between Two Tracks (Q5)

  • A structured approach – how best to lay out your answer to score highly
  • What the examiner is looking for – the key features of a great response
4:00 – 4:30pm

Evaluating the Impact of Technology on a Song / The Wider Impact

  • A structured approach – how best to lay out your answer to score highly
  • What the examiner is looking for – the key features of a great response
  • How to revise for wider impact – covering the content
4:30 – 4:55pm

Questions and Close

4:55 – 5:00pm


WEBINAR | Tuesday 07 May 2024
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James Reevell is currently Head of Music Technology at Greenhead College in West Yorkshire and has over a decade of experience as an examiner, trainer and author. Greenhead was recently featured in the Sunday Times as the highest ranked state-funded sixth form college in the North of England. James has contributed to and authored study and revision guides published by Rhinegold and CGP and he delivers nationwide training to teachers with a particular focus on Music Technology and Popular Music. James was previously Head of Visual and Creative Arts at Rochdale Sixth Form College; with responsibility for courses in Art, Dance, Drama, Music and Music Technology. Students’ progress in Music Technology was described as ‘exceptional’ in the college’s 2013 ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED report and the college consistently tops the DfE A-Level performance tables for value-added. James is appointed to the list of external experts for OFQUAL and is also an active performer and arranger as director of pop brass group ‘Flat Cap Brass’. He continues to write music, including most recently having created a soundtrack and series of ‘composers’ impressions’ for pioneering project ‘A Dark Tour of the Universe’ which premiered at the British Science Festival.

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