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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. 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 provider of INSET training. He has recently been appointed as bridge fellow for the University of Huddersfield.

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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. 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 provider of INSET training. He has recently been appointed as bridge fellow for the University of Huddersfield.
EDUQAS A Level Music - 'Nuages' Annotated Score
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EDUQAS A Level Music - 'Nuages' Annotated Score

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Annotated score for Area of Study E ‘Nuages’ by Debussy. Printable version with detailed analysis for the Component 3 A Level Exam. Video score available on YouTube - search for ‘StudyMusic’ or for the piece itself. Please support the free videos by purchasing a copy for your own use or with your students.
Mind Maps for A2 Music Technology Unit 4 Content
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Mind Maps for A2 Music Technology Unit 4 Content

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I created these mind maps to help students structure their notes during group discussions in Unit 4 'Developments in Music Technology' lessons. They also form the basis for later revision lessons, or a 'starter' discussion for more able groups. They are not intended to provide a complete course outline but do briefly summarise the content for the whole unit. Topics are: Synthesisers Samplers Drum Machines and Sequencers Electric Guitars and Amplifiers Electric Pianos and Organs EQ and Filtering Compression Gating Delay Reverb Modulation Distortion Mixing and Mastering Live Sound and Studio Design Analogue and Digital Audio Recording Media Recording Skills MIDI Multitracking Computer Home Studio Quantisation distortion image taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantization_(signal_processing)#/media/File:Quantization_error.png under the CC BY 3.0 license. All other images in the public domain or created by the author.
EDUQAS 20th Century Music Set Works
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EDUQAS 20th Century Music Set Works

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Detailed and colourful analysis scores that link to the EDUQAS Component 3 exam for A Level Music. Poulenc/Debussy. Support videos available on YouTube (search for the names of the pieces or ‘StudyMusic’).
EDUQAS A Level Music - 'Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon' Annotated Score
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EDUQAS A Level Music - 'Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon' Annotated Score

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Annotated score for Area of Study E ‘Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon’ by Poulenc. Printable version with detailed analysis for the Component 3 A Level Exam. Video score available on YouTube - search for ‘StudyMusic’ or for the piece itself Please support the free videos by purchasing a copy of the score for use by yourself and your students.
Composing a Simple Ternary Form Piece
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Composing a Simple Ternary Form Piece

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Simple guided composition (suitable for a very early introductory exercise for students who may not have approached composition before) for a short ternary melody with peer review activity.
Music Technology AS / A2 Revision Cards
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Music Technology AS / A2 Revision Cards

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Simple revision cards to explain the concepts of: Modulation Leslie Speaker / Tape-based Flanging Synthesiser Envelopes Synthesiser Modules & Waveforms Distortion - Hard / Soft Clipping Reverb Decay Plate and Spring Reverb Phase Labelling a Synthesiser Dynamic and Condenser Microphones Acknowledgements: Mixing Desk Cover Graphic adapted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixing_console#mediaviewer/File:SSL_SL9000J_(72ch)_@_The_Cutting_Room_Recording_Studios,_NYC.jpg from an image by Rebecca Wilson under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license Distortion diagram adapted from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Clipping_waveform.svg under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
Helpful Hints for AS Music Technology
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Helpful Hints for AS Music Technology

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Single page guide to exam terminology for AS Music Technology. Includes pickup patterns, exam terminology, synth modules, compression, distortion, filtering and phase. I use this as the front page for workbooks for sixth form Music Technology.
AS Music Technology Scheme of Work
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AS Music Technology Scheme of Work

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS WAS WRITTEN FOR THE LEGACY (2008) SPECIFICATION, BUT IS STILL OF MUCH VALUE FOR THE NEW SPECIFICATION. IT WILL BE UPDATED SOON PRIOR TO THE 2022-23 ACADEMIC YEAR. Written by an experienced teacher and sixth form head of department, this workbook and set of board resources is designed to help students in their Edexcel AS studies and in their transition to A2. It contains a simple introduction across all technical aspects of Music Technology, along with key word exercises to reinforce terminology and where appropriate, pieces of equipment to label and discuss. Examples of appropriate listening are included with necessary topics. The ‘board-friendly’ resources organised as full screen PDFs to retain fonts and formatting which introduce and reinforce the workbook content. Introduction to Sound What is sound? What is the impact of frequency and amplitude? How does this relate to phase, harmonics and wave cycles? Microphones What are the different types of microphones? What properties are important when choosing a mic, and how do they pick up sound? Synthesisers What do the different parts of synthesiser do? What types of synthesiser exist and what are they used for? What are envelopes and LFOs? Dynamics Range Processing How do compressors and noise gates control the volume of sounds? What are limiters, and what creative things can we do with dynamics? EQ and Filtering What is an EQ? How is EQ applied and how do we use filters correctively and for creative effects? What do filter graphs look like? Reverb How was reverb created? What is it? How do we generate reverb now, and what parameters can we change? Samplers What is sampling and what is a sampler? How can they be used? How can samples be manipulated and what must we bear in mind? Delay Effects What does a delay do? How was delay created historically? What parameters might we see on a delay? What different types are they? Modulation Effects What is modulation and how are LFOs used to create it? What effects are created with modulation and what do they sound like? Distortion Effects What are the different types of distortion? How is it created? What functions / parameters might you see on a distortion effect? Creative Effects What other effects can be used creatively in Music Technology? What do they sound like? How are the parameters changed? MIDI What is MIDI? What impact did it have on Music Technology? What are MIDI controllers and how can we use them to create musical work?
Logic Pro Driving Test
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Logic Pro Driving Test

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Introductory assignment for AS Music Tech students to prepare them for using Logic Pro for their coursework, in the style of a driving test.
Composition Feedback Sheet
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Composition Feedback Sheet

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Originally designed for Edexcel A Level but suitable for all boards and all composition work. Suggested prompts to help with teacher feedback for composition, or could conceivably be used for peer feedback too.
Simple Sound Revision
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Simple Sound Revision

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Useful recap of GCSE Science content for students progressing onto Music Technology. Discussion of frequency/amplitude/phase/harmonics in simple terms as preparation for AS or as revision for the A2 examination.
Pachelbel and Ground Bass
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Pachelbel and Ground Bass

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Class performance activity for Pachelbel's Canon in D with modern pop song lyrics that fit over the chord progression. Used as a recap for Ground Bass but would also fit with introducing circles of fifths and harmonic progressions.
Ideas for Writing Lyrics
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Ideas for Writing Lyrics

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Ideas sheet to give students a starting point for creating lyrics. Uses 'A Day In The Life' as an example and includes brief information on the 'cut up' and 'fold in' methods used by Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
Introduction to Sampling
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Introduction to Sampling

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This unit of work is designed to introduce A Level Music Technology students to samplers, collecting together technical terminology and ensuring they understand a range of sampling specifications, uses and applications of samplers and sample manipulation. This is relevant to AS and A2 students, but includes content particularly relevant to the A2 exam.
A Level Music Technology 2017 Specification Content Grid (Editable)
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A Level Music Technology 2017 Specification Content Grid (Editable)

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Full breakdown of content as a PDF and editable Word document for each Area of Study on the 2017 specification. Useful to plan out schemes of work and identify appropriate resources / curriculum planning. This covers practical and theoretical content across all four A Level components - Component 1; Recording, Component 2; Composition, Component 3; Listening and Analysing, Component 4; Analysing and Producing.
Simple Synthesis Revision
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Simple Synthesis Revision

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A one page guide to synthesis covering modular synthesis / analogue & digital / polyphony / LFOs / envelopes. Intended as a revision summary or starting point for A2 study but also applicable for AS students.
Introduction to Synthesisers
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Introduction to Synthesisers

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This unit of work is designed to introduce A Level Music Technology students to synthesisers, collecting together technical terminology and ensuring they understand a range of synth modules, parameters and control methods. This is relevant to AS and A2 students, but includes content particularly relevant to the A2 exam.
Layout of the Orchestra
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Layout of the Orchestra

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Sheet on Britten's 'Young Persons' Guide' to explain the layout of the modern orchestra and to work on identifying instruments in each variation.