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WEBINAR | Pearson / Edexcel A Level Music Technology – Preparing for Component 4: Producing and Analysing

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This webinar will support students in their preparation for the producing paper at A Level Music Technology (component 4). The paper is unique in its demands; practical audio work along with the associated theory and vice versa. The webinar will cover exam technique and an overview of the kind of short answer questions students can expect to see in their exam. It will give guidance as to how to address the audio questions and pitfalls to avoid. There will be a particular focus on the final audio mix and the evaluation question (Q6) 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 this question.


  • Gain an insight into effective exam technique for the component 4 paper
  • Handling the audio: common issues, things to watch out for and general advice
  • Find out how best to structure your answers, the key terminology you need to succeed ideas to support your revision
  • The final mix: things to prepare for, things to remember – how to approach
  • Preparing to evaluate a mixing scenario, picture or diagram for Q6
  • 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

The Audio – How to Excel in the Interim Bounces and the Final Mix

  • Common pitfalls and how to avoid – what top marks looks like
  • Worked examples of audio questions – ‘walking talking exam questions’
  • Starting off, doing the work, bouncing the track – a worked approach to each question
4:00 – 4:30pm

Evaluating the Mixing Scenario, Picture or Diagram in Q6

  • 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

4:25 – 4:40


WEBINAR | Wednesday 15 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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