This newly revised music technology course has been designed to focus on tried and tested approaches in supporting students to develop their music technology skills across the entire A Level. Led by our highly respected and successful presenter James Reevell, the course will showcase teaching-and-learning strategies to maximise student success at A Level, looking in detail at each of the four components.


  • Feedback from the 1st 2019 exam
  • Focused on identifying the demands of the new A level Music Technology
  • Take away practical strategies on coursework planning, management and appraising to maximise student success
  • Gain ways to support students in developing their critical listening, comparison and evaluation skills for the written papers
  • Take away tried and tested approaches to addressing the briefs for students’ recording and composing work
  • Opportunity to gain expert advice from a leading A Level Music Technology specialist
  • Consider strategies to support students in the short and longer answer questions on the written papers
COURSE DATE London | Wednesday 13 November 2019
  • Heads of Music
  • 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


10.00 – 10.30am
Feedback from the 2019 Examinations 

  • Feedback and grading analysis form the 2019 papers and what this tells us about the standards which our students are expected to meet
  • Successful approaches to the recording and composition briefs in 2018-19

10.30 – 11.15am
Component 1: Recording

  • The recording and composition briefs for 2019-20
  • What are the characteristics of grades A and B recordings and exemplar work
  • Supporting students in manipulating sounds with technical control and style to produce recordings
  • Addressing the requirements of the brief
  • Aiming for excellence: strategies for success and logistics of submission, along with effective completion of the logbook

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm
Component 2: Technology-Based Composition

  • Transition from Year 11 – building up the necessary DAW and technical skills in Year 12
  • How to support students in structuring a technology-based composition
  • Practical strategies to help students with creating and developing musical and technical ideas
  • Using the musical elements as a basis for technological innovation
  • Refining students’ work – ensuring compositions are convincing and demonstrate sophisticated use of musical and technological elements
  • Appraising and marking work – inspirational music technology compositions

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

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

  • Practical strategies to support students in identifying and analysing production techniques in unfamiliar recordings
  • Musical styles; strategies to deliver the depth and breadth required by the paper
  • Practical considerations for teaching students how to approach the extended response questions
  • Command words; knowing what the question is asking and linking it to music technology knowledge
  • Strategies to help students make the most of opportunities for wider listening to approach the extended response questions

2.20 – 3.20pm
Component 4: Producing and Analysing: the written examination

  • Ways to build students’ abilities in editing, mixing and production techniques
  • Building students’ skills in evaluation and critical judgement when applied to unfamiliar contexts
  • The shorter questions: what are the potential pitfalls?
  • The extended response question 15-mark and 20 mark questions and essays

3.20 – 3.30pm
Preparing for Examination Success

  • Preparing students for their exams

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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A Level Music Technology