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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.
Pulse and Rhythm - Writing & Identifying Rhythms
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Pulse and Rhythm - Writing & Identifying Rhythms

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Lesson based on pulse and rhythm originally delivered to Year 7. Intended Learning Objectives - Write down rhythms we have heard using musical notation, identify rhythms in our listening from those notated on a page and begin to use more complex symbols such as rests in our notation Rhythm clock resource adapted from an existing resource on this website - can't find it again though so if it's yours I am happy to acknowledge it here - just write below.
Dynamics Processing
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Dynamics Processing

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PowerPoint and associated resources designed to introduce the idea of using processors to control dynamics of tracks. Discussion of noise gating, compression and limiting, along with key terminology and graphs. Note: An issue was identified with some graph labels in this resource. This has now been resolved and apologies for any inconvenience.
Serialism
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Serialism

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Guide to Serialism and brief introduction. Fits in to the AS Vocal set works 'The Lamb' by Tavener. Includes 12 tone Sudoku (can't remember where this came from but thanks to whoever created it!).
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.
6MT03 Music Tech Unit 3 Logbook Template
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6MT03 Music Tech Unit 3 Logbook Template

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Template for word processing the Unit 3 (6MT03) logbook. I have printed these as an A3 stapled booklet before. Please note that the responsibility for checking this is acceptable in terms of exam board requirements rests with the teacher for that individual exam year. The declaration page must be signed by hand.
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 OVER THE COURSE OF THE 2018-19 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?
Quick Tests for A2 Music Technology
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Quick Tests for A2 Music Technology

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A quick test for each topic to build student understanding of the following topics for the Unit 4 examination in A2 Music Technology. The download includes the question sheets for the following topics: Microphones Synthesisers MIDI Samplers Drum Machines Electric Guitar Distortion EQ and Filtering Tape Delay Dynamics Processing Reverb Modulation FX Recording Media Magnetic Tape Analogue and Digital Monitoring Live Sound The Computer Home Studio
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.
Applying Music Technology
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Applying Music Technology

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A pack containing four questions to help students apply their practical knowledge to theoretical concepts. Questions, indicative content model answers and PowerPoint slides are included for the following four topics: Drum Machines Compression Modulation Effects EQ Please note that the model answers are meant only to provide exemplar information; teachers should always apply their practical and theoretical music technology knowledge in their assessment and for mark allocations.
Introduction to Sound
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Introduction to Sound

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PowerPoint, Key Words sheet and Handout associated with the basics of sound. Topics covered include frequency and amplitude, waveforms and phase. Any image sources are identified in slide notes.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.