Debussy ‘Nuages’ – EDUQAS Area of Study E Resource

I’ve just finished working on a free analysis video for ‘Nuages’ – part of the A Level Music syllabus for EDUQAS. It puts together analysis details from the EDUQAS notes, along with the piano reduction score to help reinforce students’ learning and provide a resource for revision.

What do you think? Is it useful? Let me know!


Eduqas AS and A Level Music Study Guide

Are you studying for or teaching the new Eduqas A Level Music specification (for first teaching from September 2016?).

James has recently contributed as an author for the Eduqas AS and A Level Music Study guide released by Rhinegold Education.

Eduqas AS And A Level Music Study Guide

Find out more on the Rhinegold website or buy the guide on Amazon or MusicRoom

Getting to Grips with the new AS / A Level Music Technology – Keynote Educational

This intensively focused course is designed for all teachers of AS/A Level Music Technology who are looking to adapt their teaching to the new Edexcel Music Technology specification in 2017 while maintaining or improving attainment levels and results.



  • Learn how to adapt your teaching for the new content and assessment approaches
  • Learn more about what examiners are looking for in answers
  • Take away ideas and approaches to develop the skills needed
  • Find out more about the changes in the new specifications
  • Gain an understanding of the mark schemes for each component
  • Learn how to help students to achieve their potential at A Level Music Technology

Find out more or make a booking on the Keynote website.

New Music Technology Resources for 2015

Written by an experienced teacher and head of department, this workbook is designed to help students in their AS studies and in their transition to A2. It contains a simple introduction across all technical aspects of Music Technology, along with key word and practical exercises. You can also purchase a presentation / board resource pack that includes specially designed and ‘board-friendly’ resources that introduce and reinforce the workbook content.

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.

Available now as a digital download including planning and activity notes with suggested exemplars, activities and future learning.

Click here to find out more

Summer Wedding Saxophone


It’s been great to play a few weddings over the past year or so after a little bit of time off to concentrate on teaching, examining and research – I’ve taken the chance to update the music in my wedding sets to include some appropriate chart songs and am really happy with the results. I record the backing tracks myself to suit the mood of the occasion and am happy to take requests. If you are getting married in the near (or not so near!) future, please get in touch for an informal chat, whether it’s in a barn, a bar or a boat!

New Keynote Course – Raising the Attainment of Lower Ability Students AS/A Music Technology Students

This NEW course is designed for all teachers of AS/A Music Technology looking to raise the attainment outcomes of their lower ability students. The course will cover all the key areas of the AS/S music technology specification, giving particular emphasis to those challenging areas in which students struggle to gain access to the higher marks, along with common mistakes and misconceptions.

Led by an experienced AS/A Music Technology examiner and teacher, the course will provide a range of effective teaching approaches and strategies which work to increase understanding, knowledge and attainment levels of lower ability students. This is all achievable with effective planning, good teaching and positive learning outcomes.

The course will demonstrate and give exemplars of work, resources and planning for you take away and use with your own department, along with strategies you can apply straight away.

There will also be opportunities throughout the day to share best practice delivery strategies.

James will be delivering this course in Manchester on 9th November 2015 and London on 2nd February 2016