James Reevell combines a career as a teacher, author and examiner with freelance work as a composer and performer. As a teacher, he has extensive experience in delivering Music and Music Technology A Level courses. He studied Music at the University of Durham, for his PGCE at the University of Cumbria in Lancaster and for a Masters in Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has experience teaching in sixth form colleges across the North of England.
James is currently Head of Music Technology at Greenhead College in Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, which has a national reputation for academic excellence and has a large, thriving music department, delivering A Level Music and Music Technology along with BTEC Music Performance and a wide range of enrichment activities. The college has over 2600 students on roll, and has recently been awarded a Music Mark award in recognition of the work of the Music Department. The college’s ‘Carol for Yorkshire’ 2018 project was nominated for a Creative Learning Guild award and for the Huddersfield Examiner Community Awards as Community Project of the Year.
James also provides services as a consultant and advisor for Music and Music Technology across the UK, collaborating with secondary schools and colleges to deliver CPD and to help with planning, resourcing, teaching and learning and assessment. He has experience of working in a support role, to support teachers in the effective delivery of GCSE and A Level Music and Music Technology, and students in achieving their musical potential.
James is an Ofqual External Expert for Music and Music Technology, and was excited to contribute as a member of the judging panel for the Music Teacher Awards at the Rhinegold Music & Drama Education Expo in 2018/2019.
James has worked as a Head of Visual and Creative Arts with responsibility for A Level courses in Art, Dance, Drama, Music and Music Technology at Rochdale Sixth Form College. In doing so, he built up his experience in subject improvement, self assessment, data analysis and leadership of an arts department. The college was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2013, and students’ progress in music technology was described as exceptional; the college has since topped the sixth form college performance tables for value added for five consecutive years.
As an author, James has contributed to study and revision guides for A Level Music, Music Technology and GCSE Music for Rhinegold Education and CGP Revision Guides. He delivers nationwide training to teachers with a particular focus on Music Technology and Popular Music, alongside his commitments as an examiner and moderator.
In his spare time James still performs as a pianist and saxophonist for musicals, functions and weddings across the North of England. He also is a director, performer and writes the arrangements for drum and brass group ‘Flat Cap Brass’, who perform at a variety of events including wedding and festivals. Recent gigs include Liverpool Sound City, the Tour de Yorkshire and Kendal Calling in Summer 2019 (opening the main stage as ‘Brassic Park’ and supporting Doves, Manic Street Preachers and KT Tunstall). The band can be seen regularly performing at weddings, festivals and corporate events across the UK and abroad, recently appearing at Haizetera festival in Bilbao.
James also enjoys composing music, having recently created a soundtrack and series of ‘composers’ impressions’ for pioneering project ‘A Dark Tour of the Universe’, which premiered at the British Science Festival in September 2019. He performs and produces music as ‘RVEL’ on online streaming platforms.