Greenhead Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

We would be grateful for any contributions to our Christmas collection. Greenhead College present their annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from Holy Trinity Church in Huddersfield – but in a slightly different format this year. It premieres on YouTube at 5pm on Sunday 20th December.

The service features performances from the college brass ensemble accompanied by organ, soloists from the A Level Music groups and readings from staff, students and governors, with an address from Mike Wilkins, Vicar of Holy Trinity Church.

Brass arrangements and all recording, editing and video production by James.

The service has a retiring collection in aid of Simon on the Streets – head over here if you would like to contribute.

Teaching A Level Music Technology for the First Time – online course

I had a great time running a course on ‘Teaching A Level Music Technology for the First Time’ via Zoom on Monday. The programme was below. Please do get in touch for any bespoke training I might be able to help with, either online or in person.

This NEW course is designed to support new music technology teachers and experienced music teachers in delivering high quality teaching and learning for Pearson/Edexcel A Level Music Technology. Led by our highly respected presenter and experienced examiner, James Reevell, the programme will take delegates through the most important aspects of each assessment component including the demands of the Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) and written examinations, with a particular focus on strategies for exam success.

The course aims to develop strategies for successful planning and preparation to ensure strong outcomes for students, what examiners are looking for in assessing each component based on feedback from previous exam series, along with chance to consider and discuss the logistics and day-to-day running of the course. The day is designed to balance breadth with depth, ensuring take home strategies and resources to support you.


  • Find out about the standard and depth of knowledge and skills students need for exam success in A Level Music Technology
  • Listen to strong student work and find out what examiners need to see and hear when assessing recordings and compositions.
  • Be assured of knowing the exam standard and level of what counts as outstanding work in each component
  • Explore how to integrate non-examined assessment work and theory to ensure students develop their skills in application and evaluation for exam success
  • Focus on extended response questions and what the examiner is looking for to award top marks

Aiming for Grade A/A* – A Level Music Technology CPD

James will be presenting online for Keynote Educational on 23rd June 2020.

This course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve Grades A and A* in future Pearson/ Edexcel A Level Music Technology examinations.  The course will demonstrate exam-focused teaching and learning ideas for all components which will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher level skills.

With feedback from an experienced examiner, this course will outline what is expected of high ability students and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this, and in order to secure those sought after A/A* grades for your most able students.


  • Focused on identifying the demands of the grades A and A* and providing strategies and materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • A detailed look at the different demands of assessment and questions across the components and papers, linked to the challenges student aiming for higher grades face
  • Take away effective methods to develop students’ critical listening, comparison and evaluation skills for the written papers to maximise the credit they achieve in the exam
  • Take away approaches to aim for full marks in students’ non-examined assessment work

For more details and to book, head over to You will receive a 10% discount if you book using code Keynote14.

New course: A Level Music Technology

James is running a course with JMC INSET on 1st and 3rd July 2020. It will be delivered online, details are below:

  • James is presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides and activities
  • Opportunities for delegate questions and comments
  • A short task between the two sessions
  • A copy of the slides will be made available after the course, along with further materials

This is a one day course split over Wednesday 1st and Friday 3rd July, sessions will be 3pm to 5.30pm on both days. It will consider the following key questions:

  • How can we adapt our teaching to address the skills and content in the new 2017 Music Technology A Level specification
  • What are the new demands on students?
  • How do we develop our students’ skills in comparison and evaluation?
  • Are your students able to demonstrate their AO4 higher level thinking skills to address the extended response questions on Components 3 and 4?
  • How can you design your scheme of work to develop students’ holistic and synoptic skills in the subject?

This course is designed for teachers of Music Technology who are looking to get to grips with the new A Level specification, consider how to most effectively prepare their students for the exams whilst also topping up their own subject knowledge. It will explore new teaching approaches to develop students’ AO4 skills, technical numeracy and to achieve highly on their non examined assessment work. It will also consider the challenges and opportunities associated with the linear exams and how best to handle the content.

For more details and to book, please visit