This course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve high grades in future A Level Music Technology examinations. Led by our highly respected and successful presenter James Reevell, this new hands-on course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for the recording, technology-based composition, and producing and analysing components which will stretch and challenge students and develop their higher level skills.

The course will outline what is expected of students, including high ability students and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this.


  • Focus on the demands of the new A level Music Technology Components 1, 2 and 4
  • Take away new ideas for boosting students’ confidence and developing their skills
  • Understand what is required in assessing students’ skills
  • Deepen your understanding of assessment objectives and mark schemes
  • Opportunity to gain expert hands-on advice from a leading A Level Music Technology specialist
  • Take away strategies to prepare students for the papers
COURSE DATE Greenhead College, Huddersfield | Wednesday 03 July 2019
  • Heads of Music l Heads of Music Technology
  • Teachers of Music Technology
  • Teachers of A level Music Technology returning to teach the course
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


10.30 – 11.30am
The Key Messages

  • Extend your knowledge and understanding of the assessments and exam
  • Confirming the standard and mark schemes
  • Suggested strategies and resources to maintain student progress

10.30 – 11.15am
Component 1 – Recording

  • Analysing the Recording NEA: features and characteristics of A/A* recording work
  • Hands-on experience to develop student skills in capturing, editing and mixing sounds in corrective and creative ways
  • Ideas and approaches to use technology to explore a range of techniques
  • Strategies to approach the briefs for Summer 2020
  • Use previous student work as a starting point for practical activities
  • Tackling the tougher areas – developing the skills needed

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 1.00pm
Component 2 – Technology-Based Composition

  • Strategies to approach the three types of composition for Summer 2020
  • Working to the brief – and the skills students need to demonstrate for good results
  • Developing students’ skills in creating, editing, manipulating and structuring sounds to produce a technology-based composition
  • Demonstrating the characteristics and features of A/A* technology compositions and how to develop the skills in students to master this, with exemplar work
  • Practical examples of teaching strategies and ways of developing students’ skills in:
    • Synthesis
    • Sampling
    • Creative Effects
    • Dynamics Processing
  • How to support students in synthesis and sampling techniques
  • Demonstrations of building sounds and developing pre-existing sounds along with practical strategies and examples of tasks used to teach this to students

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 3.30pm
Component 4: Producing and analysing

  • A focus on the skills students need to show in editing, mixing, and production techniques
  • Practical strategies to build students’ skills in evaluation and critical judgement
  • Developing students’ technical numeracy
  • Practical strategies to support students in their exam preparation
  • Planning for the exam units; how to bring the practical work together through the theoretical content
  • Deep examination of context – using directed and focused questions to push students to higher levels of understanding

3.30 – 3.40pm
Coffee and final discussion

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 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. He has 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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