Tuesday 13 October 2020 – 4pm

CODE: 7961


This new webinar for students is led by James Reevell, author of resources for the music technology course, examiner and head of department in a large sixth form college. The webinar will explore feedback on the recording task for A Level Music Technology from Summer 2019 and James’s experience of student work from Summer 2020, discussing common pitfalls and strategies to improve students’ in light of this for Summer 2021.

James will give expert guidance as to how students can focus on the key elements of the mark scheme: capture, dynamics, EQ and FX to address the common pitfalls students make when capturing, editing and processing their recordings. The webinar will also consider what makes an effective arrangement and issues students have experienced in previous exam series associated with this.

Benefits of attending:

  • Find out more about the key challenges in the recording task brief for Summer 2021 and what the examiner is looking for in top quality work
  • Listen to and discuss exemplar work to find out what excellent work does to score highly
  • Consider how you can best address the four most important areas in the mark scheme; capture, dynamics, EQ and FX with a particular focus on the drums and the vocals, and avoid the common exam pitfalls in doing so


4:00 – 4:30 – The task, the briefs, the mark scheme

  • Feedback from assessed work in Summer 2019 and responses to the briefs from Summer 2020 –the challenges students face and how best to overcome them to produce a recording that scores top marks
  • The importance of drums and vocals: the qualities top marks recordings share in the feedback from previous series, focusing on capture, EQ, dynamics and FX
  • The arrangement – what are the issues students experience with arrangements and how to make sure the arrangement best demonstrates the recording skills examiners want to see for top marks
  • What the examiner wants to see in the logbook to show off your work in its best light

4:30-4:55 – Exemplar work

  • Exam feedback: the features high scoring recordings have in common – what can we learn from them in terms of how to approach your own work?
  • Recordings that could be improved – have your say and then listen to examiner commentary to discuss examples of recordings that needed a bit more work

4:55-5:00 – Q&A and close

James Reevell

James is currently Head of Music Technology at Greenhead College in Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, which has a national reputation for academic excellence and has a large, thriving music department, delivering A Level Music and Music Technology along with BTEC Music Performance. James also is a consultant and advisor for Music and Music Technology across the UK, working with secondary schools and colleges to deliver CPD and to help with planning, resourcing, teaching and learning and assessment. James has worked as a Head of Visual and Creative Arts with responsibility for A Level courses in Art, Dance, Drama, Music and Music Technology at Rochdale Sixth Form College. The college was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2013, and students’ progress in music technology was described as exceptional; the college has since topped the sixth form college performance tables for value added for the best part of a decade. James has authored revision and study guides for A Level Music, Music Technology and GCSE Music for Rhinegold Education and CGP Revision Guides. He delivers teacher training with a particular focus on Music Technology and popular music, alongside his commitments as an examiner. He also is co-director of ‘Flat Cap Brass’ who have a busy performance schedule at festivals, weddings and corporate events. James recently composed the soundtrack and series of ‘composers’ impressions’ for pioneering project ‘A Dark Tour of the Universe’, which premiered at the British Science Festival in September 2019.