This new music technology course has been designed with a dual purpose:

  • To introduce the A Level Music Technology course for those teaching for the first time, moving over from an A Level Music background or those who simply want a refresher in the requirements of the course, aural requirements and technical theory (elementary)
  • To build on existing knowledge and gain key strategies and techniques to improve pre-existing teacher subject knowledge of the technical theory and practical skills needed for success at A Level Music Technology (advanced)

There will be time for discussion, along with a digital resource pack and the chance to network with colleagues. The final session will specifically focus on preparing students for exams in 2019. The course will focus on the use of Logic Pro X, but the skills and audio files will be transferable to any DAW.

For each practical session, delegates will be able to choose from an ‘A’ session or a ‘B’ session.

The ‘A’ sessions will be suited to teachers who:

  • Have not yet gained fluency in the use of synthesis and sampling software
  • Find it difficult to create a new sound or to effectively manipulate a pre-set
  • Have limited knowledge of the sound creation and manipulation skills required for the technology-based composition task
  • Perhaps come from a music background, or want to gain a more detailed knowledge of the technical theory requirements and effects/processors required when teaching the course.

The ‘B’ sessions will be suited to teachers who:

  • Have a good working knowledge of their DAW software
  • Want to gain a more detailed understanding of their synthesiser/sampler software
  • Want to apply their skills to the creation of synthesiser sounds and sound creation knowledge to the requirements of the technology-based composition
  • Want to discuss and consider effective strategies for success for the technical theory and music technology content in components 3 and components 4


  • Gain a thorough grounding in and knowledge of the course requirements, considering effective delivery strategies and timescales
  • Take away a starting resource pack which can be used straight away in your teaching
  • Gain a grounding in Music Technology theory, building up strategies to enable your students to succeed
  • Discuss effective strategies for teaching the course and for ensuring students achieve their potential
  • Consider effective planning and schemes of work and share good practice with colleagues
COURSE DATE Greenhead College, Huddersfield
Monday 15 October 2018
Wednesday 03 July 2019
  • Heads of Music Technology
  • Teachers of Music Technology
  • Teachers who are new to A Level Music Technology ( Session B delegates)
  • 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


Each practical session will split into two groups, A and B


10.30 – 11.30am: Practical Session: activities to prepare for mixing and processing the recording

  • Discuss the logistics of organising the recording
  • Learn about the specification requirements for tasks completed for 2019
  • Explore a range of exemplar work
  • Use previous student work as a starting point for practical activities
  • Modelling of processing and mixing skills for success
  • Practical processing examples – short term ‘hands on’ tasks to teach and assess students

11.30 – 11.45am: Discussion: coffee break


11.45 – 12.45pm: Practical: Session: Synthesis, sampling and creative FX for technology-based compositions

  • Strategies and practical activities to support composition teaching in music technology
  • Technical theory behind synthesisers and samplers, and an introduction to the key controls
  • Demonstrations of building sounds and developing pre-existing sounds and practical tasks to teach this to students
  • Applying synthesis, sample and sound-creation and manipulation principles to the technology-based composition

12.45 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.30pm: Practical Session: Effects and Processing

  • Top up your subject knowledge with regard to the technical theory on the new specification
  • Cover the principles of dynamic processors, EQ and Reverb along with other processors and FX and what to do with them
  • Have a go at practical activities to help consolidate this theory using practical skills

2.30 – 3.30pm: Preparing for Components 3 and 4

  • Skills to develop students’ critical listening skills and AO4 skills for Component 3 and Component 4
  • Developing students’ technical numeracy; top up your own subject knowledge and gain strategies to take away
  • Planning for the exam units; how to bring the practical work together through the theoretical content
  • Consideration of logistics and advice for delivering for the first time

3.30 – 4.00pm: Questions, Summary and Close

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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