I recently enjoyed presenting for The British School’s 2021 conference, entitled ‘reflecting, redefining, reimagining’.
My two sessions were focused on music technology in secondary and post-16 music, with a focus on both music technology as a tool to facilitate musical learning and specific music technology skills.
I’ve decided to share some of the resources and videos I used in my sessions here. To put them into context, one of the sessions was focused on tasks involving sampling, the other more associated with general ways of integrating music technology into teaching and resources to support teachers in doing so.
Brian Eno – Music for Airports – sampling and tape loops
Sergeant Pepper 4-track Multitracks – how the technology has an impact on the music
Billie Eilish making ‘Bad Guy’ – found sounds and sampling everyday objects
Some great links to music technology teaching resources
I’m looking forward to presenting two sessions on Music Technology at #TBSedcon21 for The British School, Rio de Janeiro. The sessions will be as follows
Practical ideas and strategies for integrating music technology in secondary education This session will consider the role of music technology in music education today and how it can be used to inspire and engage learners in secondary school and beyond. It will consider how music technology can both support and augment learning in more ‘traditional’ musical settings and the importance of it as a subject and discipline in its own right. There will be opportunities to discuss and share good practice as to how centres embed music technology in a variety of different contexts, the various merits associated with this, and the varied meanings of the term ‘music technology’ itself.
Music education and e-learning; supporting students’ musical learning inside and outside of the classroom using technology. The pandemic has changed our lives immeasurably over the past year. In particular, it has had a huge effect on the way we work; this session will begin by reflecting on the things are perhaps worth keeping that can support face-to-face learning and instruction in music in the future. It will incorporate an overview of ideas, strategies and resources to support students’ musical education both remotely and in supplementing face-to-face teaching and learning. What are the opportunities to do things in different ways? There will be opportunities to discuss this in terms of delegates’ varying experiences of this and a number of strategies and resources will be modelled and showcased by James.
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.
Flat Cap Brass have recorded a few Christmas songs to try and bring some cheer to the festive season, with arrangements by James. Head over to our YouTube channel or Facebook page to see them as they appear!
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