EDUQAS A Level MusicInYorkshire Lessons

Have a look over at MusicInYorkshire Lessons for some EDUQAS Area of Study E (20th century) resources we’ve been working on.

PDF scores available for download via TES Resources at 


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

BIMM and Damon Minchella


Music students at Rochdale Sixth Form College had a visit from top musician Damon Minchella recently, as part of the Brighton Institute of Modern Music’s (BIMM) nationwide schools and colleges tour.

The bass guitarist – who teaches at BIMM and is famous for being in hit 90’s band Ocean Colour Scene, not to mention performing with the likes of Paul Weller and Amy Winehouse – spoke to Rochdale students about studying music in higher education.

Staff and students were also treated to a musical performance, to show off some of the projects that Damon and his students are currently working on.

BIMM is a prestigious modern music college which specialises in courses taught by top musicians – and is due to open in Manchester this September, with outposts already in Bristol and Dublin.

James Reevell, Music Teacher at Rochdale Sixth Form College comments: “Most of our students are familiar with Damon Minchella’s work – so he’s a real inspiration to the aspiring musicians in our class. The session was informative, great fun, and really helped our students to come to a decision on whether studying music beyond their A Levels might be an option.”