This intensively focused course is designed for teachers looking to effectively prepare their students for the new Component 4 AS/A Level Exam. The course will focus on the techniques required to edit, process and mix audio and MIDI materials along with the related theoretical content It will feature discussion of mark scheme requirements, practical delivery strategies and ideas for teaching Component 4 synoptically across the new two-year linear 2017 Music Technology course. Resources will be provided that you can use in your teaching straight away.

The course will help you to best prepare your students for the upcoming 2019 examinations, looking at the types of question, effective strategies to integrate Component 4 into practical work across the year, and the key things students need to remember.


  • Gain an understanding of what students need to do to effectively prepare for the 2019 Component 4 exam
  • Consider effective strategies through which to develop students AO4 skills in evaluation and critical judgement
  • Gain confidence in planning and delivering the course, including approaches to teaching and learning, assessment, interventions and resources
  • Take away practical strategies for success in Component 4 in the audio tasks
  • Consider your planning for delivery of the Component 4 content across Year 12 and Year 13
COURSE DATE London Monday 25 March 2019
  • Heads of Department
  • Heads of Faculty
  • Music Technology Teachers
  • NQTs
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 – 11.00am: Overview of Component 4

  • Exploring the nature and structure of the new Component 4
  • Assessment overview: types of question, content overview and assessment objectives
  • Developing students’ skills in recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes and associated principles of audio and sound technology
  • The challenge of review: linear assessment and Summer 2019 exams

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 – 12.00pm: Producing and Analysing

  • Developing students’ skills in making informed decisions about equipment
  • Understanding the skills required linked to students’ technical numeracy to make calculations related to Music Technology
  • Practical strategies to engage with technical theory and associated resources to support teaching and learning and to prepare students for the exam

12.00 – 12.45pm: Extended Written Response: Critical Judgement and Evaluation

  • Preparing students for the essay focusing on a specific mixing scenario, signal path, effect or music technology hardware unit
  • Strategies to build students’ AO4 skills in evaluation and critical judgement for Component 4
  • Linking practical work to exam preparation – critical listening, recording and production techniques, development of technology
  • Ideas for classroom delivery, teaching strategies and resources to effectively prepare candidates for Summer 2019

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.40pm: Theoretical and Practical Requirements - The Exam

  • Building on student skills gained through Components 1, 2 and 3 and applying them to the exam
  • Discussion of strategies to build students’ skills when working under pressure
  • Suggestions for centre administration and logistics associated with running the exam in Summer 2019

2.40 – 3.40pm: The Audio: Practical Processes and the Final Bounces

  • Strategies for success in preparing for the audio tasks
  • Effective use of DAWs in preparing for the Component 4 paper
  • The final bounce – understanding the mark scheme
  • Discussion of exemplar student work
  • Strategies for Summer 2019: time management and checking work

James Reevell

James is a teacher, author and examiner with extensive experience in delivering Music and Music Technology A level courses. He was Subject Leader for Visual and Creative Arts at Rochdale Sixth Form College, with responsibility for courses in Art, Dance, Drama, Music and Music Technology. The college has topped the A level progress tables for four consecutive years and was judged as ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED in 2013. He has recently moved to Greenhead College in Huddersfield, where he teaches Music and Music Technology A levels, alongside his work as an examiner, trainer and author. James has recently contributed to study and revision guides published by Rhinegold Education and CGP and delivers nationwide training to teachers with a particular focus on Music Technology and Popular Music.

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