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.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
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
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.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
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 https://www.keynoteeducational.co.uk/tours/a-level-music-technology-aiming-for-grades-a-a/. You will receive a 10% discount if you book using code Keynote14.
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.
James has just finished recording the music and editing the video to publicise Flat Cap Brass’s new wedding packages.
Flat Cap Brass are happy to offer our services for weddings. Our aim is to make your wedding day music as memorable as your wedding day! Our standard wedding package is for 2 x 45 minute sets with a six piece band of 2 x trumpet, saxophone, trombone, sousaphone and kit. Included in the price is an arrangement of the song you have picked for your first dance. If you wish to have a larger band, additional horns/percussion are available on request, just get in touch. We also can offer a DJ service for weddings for before/in between and after our sets. Call us to discuss this. This service finishes at midnight (additional hours are available by negotiation). Our full set up includes disco lighting and PA. We can also offer other, smaller ensembles made up of our players, from solo saxophone to traditional brass quintet – call us to discuss this.
Simon and James headed over to Leeds to appear on BBC Yorkshire this evening to talk about the Flat Cap Brass Christmas Appeal in aid of Simon on the Streets. You can watch their cover of Fairytale of New York on YouTube Thanks for inviting us on! There is still time to donate at www.justgiving.com/flat-cap-brass; you can also stream Fairytale of New York on Spotify and Apple Music, or view the video on YouTube.
Flat Cap Brass have launched their Christmas appeal, producing their own version of the Christmas classic ‘Fairytale of New York’ to raise funds for West Yorkshire based homelessness charity Simon on the Streets.
Musical Director of Flat Cap Brass, Simon Jacobs, who is also Head of Music at Greenhead College in Huddersfield says: ‘We are delighted to be able to support Simon on the Streets with this version of ‘Fairytale of New York’. We hope the video raises awareness of homelessness, whilst also raising a lot of money for the charity.’
James Reevell who co-directs Flat Cap Brass and is Head of Music Technology at Greenhead College recorded the track. He noted that: ‘The video combines recent footage of Flat Cap Brass performing with the outstanding work of Simon on the Streets. In the recording we have tried to recreate that classic Yorkshire Brass Band sound alongside Flat Cap Brass’s unique drum and brass take on a classic Christmas track.’
Flat Cap Brass are happy to perform their version of Fairytale of New York live upon request.
It was great to catch up with 35 teachers and Music Technology specialists in London a couple of days ago to discuss the 2017 A Level Music Technology course and how to effectively support our students, along with plenty of chance to share good practice. I’m convinced that this must set a record for the number of Music Technology teachers in one room together!
One of the things we talked about was how to link listening to theory and practice in NEA work – and the importance of a ‘wraparound’ approach to the course to help students understand how everything fits together for their final Component 3 and 4 papers to develop their AO4 skills.
James delivers training for a number of different INSET providers and is happy to visit schools and colleges across the country to support delivery of the course. Get in touch for more details! Please make sure you’ve got a copy of the notes from Keynote Educational if you haven’t received them yet.