Please note, courses will be held online if they are not possible to run in venues.


This course is designed for all teachers about to start, or in their first two years of teaching of A level Music Technology and is designed to provide teachers with the tools to approach teaching the course with confidence and a clear understanding of how to help students succeed in this A level.


  • Understand the shape and structure of the AL Music Technology specification
  • Take away practical ideas for teaching the course and engaging your students
  • Gain a good understanding of the relationship between the practical elements and the written papers
  • Find out what high marking standard of work looks and sounds like – and how to support students in creating it
COURSE DATE London | Monday 29 June 2020
  • Heads of Music and Music Technology Departments
  • Teachers of A level Music Technology
  • NQTs looking to build their Music Technology experience
  • Teachers considering starting running AL 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
Overview of the specification and first exam feedback

  • Key feedback from the first exam and how this affects planning and teaching
  • Overview of the key content of the music technology specification
  • Overview of assessments – how students perform and how to get your students top grades
  • Planning a two year course that support students of all abilities

10.30 – 11.15am
Component 1: Recording (NEA)

  • Decoding the briefs; instrumental requirements, song choices and minimum playing times
  • Supporting students in arranging songs from the list of artists
  • Getting to grips with the assessment criteria and how they are applied
  • Techniques to develop students’ skills in recording and production techniques
  • Explore a range of exemplar work – strategies for success and discussion

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.20pm
Component 2: Technology-Based Composition (NEA)

  • Starting points – building a strong foundation – the importance of planning compositions
  • Practical strategies to explore a range of techniques for developing technical ideas in synthesis, sampling and creative effects
  • How to develop students’ compositional skills – keeping control of the elements
  • Exploring ways of working to a brief and responding effectively; linking the music to the meaning of the brief
  • Appraising and marking students’ work

12.20 – 1.20pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.20 – 2.20pm
Component 3: Listening and Analysing: the written examination

  • Unfamiliar recordings: discuss practical strategies to support students in identifying and analysing production techniques
  • Extended written responses: Practical strategies for the extended response question to address AO3 and AO4.
  • Approaches to develop listening and analysing skills which make the demands of the paper less intimidating for students
  • Teaching listening and analysing musically; ideas for delivery to support the 21st century learner

2.20 – 2.25pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.25 – 3.35pm
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
  • Approaches to success in the audio tasks: things to remember and aiming high
  • Approaches to developing successful skills in technical literacy and numeracy over the 2 year linear course
  • Strategies to prepare students for the extended written response question

3.35 – 3.45pm
Bringing it all together

  • Planning an effective scheme of work/course plan to set students up for starting their NEA in June of Year 12 / September of Year 13
  • Checkpoints, managing deadlines and submitting work – the ‘need to know’ in terms of logistics for a new Music Technology teacher

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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