This new music technology course has been designed to focus on those aspects of music technology that students find the most challenging. Expanding on the key elements of the course, you will explore the requirements of the new A Level specification in detail, with a focus on recording and composition submissions for May 2019, as well as the key elements of all 4 components, and answering those recurring questions that all of our students seem to ask.


  • Improve the overall quality of your music technology knowledge
  • Gain ways to support students to develop the skills required
  • Take away tried and tested approaches to students recording and composing work
  • Find out more about the written papers, where the key demands are
  • Take away practical strategies on how to prepare your students well for the coursework
  • Discuss ways of maximising student success in the Component 3 and 4 exams
COURSE DATE London Monday 12 November 2018
  • Heads of Department
  • Teachers of A level Music Technology
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 – 10.30am: Outline of the specification for 2018-19

  • Brief outline of the requirements for components 1 to 4
  • Getting the best start to the course
  • Strategies for linear teaching, learning and assessment

10.30 – 11.15am: Component 1: Recording

  • Techniques to develop students’ skills in recording and production techniques
  • Approaches to develop competence and confidence in manipulating sounds with technical control and style to produce recordings
  • Explore a range of exemplar work
  • Find out more about the assessment changes and how this impacts on your teaching
  • Aiming for excellence: strategies for success and logistics of submission for May 2019

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.30pm: Component 2: Technology-Based Composition

  • Starting points – building a strong foundation – the importance of planning compositions
  • Practical strategies to explore a range of techniques for developing ideas
  • How to develop students’ compositional skills – keeping control of the elements
  • Exploring ways of working to a brief
  • Refining your students’ work – ensuring your students’ compositions are convincing and show a sophisticated use of musical and technological elements
  • Appraising and marking students’ work – assessing key elements of inspirational music technology compositions
  • Strategies to prepare students for submitting work in May 2019

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.20pm: Component 3: Listening and Analysing: the written examination

  • Overview of the demands of the paper and types of questions
  • Practical strategies to support students in identifying and analyzing production techniques in unfamiliar recordings
  • Ways to teach listening and analysing skills which make the demands of the paperless intimidating for students
  • Practical strategies for the extended response question, the AO3/AO4 split, and preparing for assessment

2.20 – 3.30pm: Component 4: Producing and Analysing: the written examination

  • Studying editing, mixing and production techniques, to be applied to unfamiliar materials
  • Building students’ skills in evaluation and critical judgement
  • Integrating component 4 into coursework; a holistic approach
  • Strategies to prepare students for the extended written response question focusing on a specific mixing scenario, signal path, effect or music technology hardware unit
  • The key exam skills for success in Summer 2019 assessments

3.20 – 3.30pm: Preparing for Examination Success

  • Final review and discussion – preparing students for 2019
  • Approaches to tracking, monitoring, assessing students’ progress in music technology to ensure achievement

James Reevell

James Reevell is an experienced teacher of Music and Music Technology, and is currently Subject Leader for Visual and Creative Arts at a sixth form college in the North West of England. As part of this role he is responsible for the leadership and management of both Music courses, Art, Drama and Dance. He has over 5 years examining and assessment experience in Music and Music Technology and has set up both Music and Music Technology courses in a sixth form that went on to be graded as ‘Outstanding’ in its recent OFSTED inspection.  He has also led projects and training on stretch and challenge, effective use of data and effective transition from GCSE Music to A Level. Alongside his teaching role, he has recently been appointed as a Bridge Fellow for Music and Music Technology at the University of Huddersfield.

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