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Yamaha EZ-AG guitars imported for Gigajam

Yamaha EZ-AG

Yamaha approved dealer, One Man Band, continue to supply Yamaha EZ-AG guitars for Gigajam and a fresh consignment has arrived for 2010 sales, with more on order.

The popular MIDI controller guitars are brilliant for use with Gigajam’s award winning Analyser software and as MIDI controllers for use with music technology desktop recording applications, such as the range produced by Steinberg. The EZ-AG doubles as a bass guitar.  

Please contact either Brian Greene (Gigajam) or David Cooper (One Man Band) for details.

Music Manifesto Pledge Renewed 2010

Musical instrument tuition for ALL through eLearning

Aim of Planned Activity

Gigajam’s Vision is to provide the opportunity for every child to learn a musical instrument, free at the point of access, through the provision of a progressive, sustainable, scalable and affordable solution which harnesses technology, provides continual and formative assessment and is accessible anytime, anywhere.

Gigajam continues to develop its products, services and partnerships in line with the aims of the music manifesto, the strategy under-pinning Harnessing Technology and the opportunities presented in Ofsted’s report, Making More of Music 2005-2008.


Gigajam interactive music school is at the forefront of musical instrument tuition through eLearning.

Gigajam won the BETT award (British Education Teaching with Technology) for its Essential Skills Course for guitar, bass, keyboard and drums.

Gigajam’s lesson content and software is now available in more schools than ever before with agreements that make Gigajam available in over 110 of the UK’s Local Authorities.

Gigajam’s unique content and software are truly interactive and enable students to follow a progressive pathway of study (equivalent of debut grade to grade 5). Students can store all of their performances online in an ePortfolio, which automatically scores students work providing both continual and formative assessment.

Gigajam launched their new GigajamVLE to integrate with the development of Learning Platforms enabling students access to their lessons content and software anytime, anywhere via the internet.

Gigajam and Yamaha start 2010 with renewed vigour promoting their vision of the Music Classroom For the Future, which would enable 100% participation in musical instrument tuition through eLearning, in secondary schools.    

Gigajam can be viewed in action here:
Bradley Stoke Community School
Pleckgate High School
Tiverton High School

Buckingham Primary School

Who is the activity aimed for

All school pupils aged 10-16
Adult learners
College students 16-21
Classroom Music Teachers
Music Service Teachers

Duration of activity



The landscape of music education has changed significantly since the Music Manifesto’s Report Number 2.

Although the government has been generous in providing the funds for the many excellent wider opportunity schemes at KS2, it is well understood that sustained musical instrument tuition remains an activity that is generally enjoyed by a minority of pupils and usually requires a parental cost contribution. The two main issues are:

I. Large scale progressive participation in learning a musical instrument is unaffordable under existing structures and,
II. Even if there were enough money to pay for instrumental teachers there are simply not enough music teachers to deliver the number of lessons required to give every student a chance to learn a musical instrument.

We do not in anyway suggest that the Music Services and the wider opportunity schemes are not succeeding in providing a significant uplift in the level of participation, but they are limited by the nature of the scheme and level of funding, which restricts them, largely, to one year of whole class instrumental learning for primary school pupils.

We believe that Gigajam provides:

1.  a continuation of instrumental support for students benefiting from wider opportunities.
2.  personalised and progressive support for students to learn a musical instrument at school and at home.
3.  an affordable and sustainable model, that sits alongside wider opportunities, musical futures and the traditional music service provision, enhancing the total offer to students.
4.  an opportunity for funding to be accessed for music from eLearning, leaving music funding intact for existing services.
5.  support for students to develop skills that enable them to benefit more deeply from the National Curriculum.
6.  support for students wishing to gain accreditation through a variety of awards including BTECs, Arts Awards etc 
Additional Information

We believe that Gigajam’s proposition, goes some way to addressing many of the key recommendations highlighted in the second music manifesto report:

1. address the aims and objectives of wider inclusion in music education identified by the Music Manifesto.
2. be delivered using existing education structures
3. create a sustainable model of musical instrument provision
4. be delivered through high quality partners and manifesto signatories
5. make best use of emerged and developed technology
6. significantly increase participation and inclusion – providing a ‘Universal Music offering’ free at the point of access and which can be scaleably extended to every child in the UK through their school career
7. reduce the level of variation in provision in terms of both quality and access
8. be funded through current funding streams and will not rely on additional music money, or diversion of existing funding from music funding
9. support the development of extended days and school’s community responsibilities and services
10. provide wider opportunities in terms of Keys Stage 2 initiatives as well as the true spirit of ‘Wider Opportunities’
11. provide demonstrable progression for musicians to add to Musical Passport/Young peoples arts award and accreditation
12. develop structures for FE & HE Colleges to create closer ties with schools for the development of more Qualified Music Teachers, whilst providing centres for Continuing Professional Development for the existing workforce

Gigajam&Yamaha BETT 2010 – Creating Musicians

Music Classroom of the Future - Creating Musicians

Gigajam&Yamaha will be launching their Music Classroom for the Future education solutions during the BETT show at Olympia in January 2010. BETT is the world’s largest ICT in education show and will be visited by over 27,000 delegates involved in education.

Brian Greene, Managing Director of Gigajam said, “Gigajam&Yamaha have shared a vision that all children can have the chance to experience learning a musical instrument over a sustained period. We have been advocating, through the government’s Music Manifesto,that increasing participation requires a technological solution to support and enhance the existing methods of delivering musical instrument tuition.

We believe that 100% participation is possible with Gigajam&Yamaha – music instrument tuition through eLearning – and that the focus now needs to be turned towards young people in secondary education, ensuring that programmes are progressive, sustained and provide continual assessment.”

John Hillier, Commercial Director of  Gigajam said, “This year we are heavily focused on Local Authorities,  Schools and Academies who our looking at transforming learning for the creative arts through the use of technology.”

Gigajam will be joined on stand by Yamaha ‘s much respected Education Manager Bill Martin, together with David Cooper, Director of One Man Band, Gigajam’s appointed Yamaha supplier. To demonstrate Gigajam’s use in UK schools music teachers Ian Wright, Head of Music at Tiverton High School and Sean Ashmore, Head of Music at Pleckgate High School will be visiting the stand to demonstrate their schools’ work.  Both schools are Gigajam Accredited Interactive Music Schools and will be presenting their ideas on harnessing technology and how it has increased participation and engagement in music.

For more information on Gigajam&Yamaha Music Classroom for the Future, then please contact:

Brian Greene |T: 07976 208859 |E:|W:

The Gigajam&Yamaha Creating Musicians stand can be found on the National Gallery, Olympia, London  Wednesday 13th Jan – Saturday 16th Jan. Stand number V20.

Jools Holland and Julian Joseph inspire

We have worked with our good friends at Brentford CLC in producing the first two films in what, we hope, will become a long collaboration in producing high quality content for musicians.

Our partners, Yamaha UK, very generously asked their artists Jools Holland and Julian Jospeh to help with producing these inspirational interviews which provide a unique and personal insight into the world of professional music.

Brian Greene, managing director of Gigajam said, ‘It is a huge personal joy to have these two artists contributing. I have a good personal friend who plays Sax for Jools, and Julian Joseph’s Proms appearance, with his big band, remains a key moment in my relationship with music – we hope you enjoy watching them.’

About Jools Holland

Jools Holland is a composer, pianist, bandleader and broadcaster. In this beautifully recorded video Jools provides his overview of the business of music and how he became involved.

From playing pubs in the East End docks as a teenage greaser, to leading his rhythm and blues orchestra and selling millions of records this century, it is his passion for music that has made Jools Holland into a doyen of the music scene.

Jools was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his services to the British music industry. He is married with four children and lives in a world of his own.

We hope you enjoy watching this inspirational interview with Britain’s much loved pianist and band leader.
You can see the video on the Gigajam YouTube Channel here:

About Julian Joseph

Julian Joseph is one of the most important jazz musicians in the world, best known for his piano playing and band leading, Julian though is one of those musicans who shares his musical journey and plays an important role in jazz education.

He was central to the launch of a jazz syllabus for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, is patron of the Jazz Development Trust and, always keen to pass on his knowledge and skills to aspiring players, regularly building time into his touring schedule to advise and nurture students of all ages.

We are delighted to present this beautifully filmed interview providing an inspirational overview into the world of music.
You can see the video on the Gigajam YouTube Channel here:…ltd#p/a/u/1/DVDqhtTdy1Q

Thanks to our partners, Brentford City Learning Centre, Dave Jones of DJPR, Yamaha UK and Alma Pictures.

Please visit our partners who project managed and created this video for their educational TV station.

Ultimate thanks to Jools and Julian for their generousity and involvement.

Congratulations to our good friends at Brentford CLC on the launch of their TV station.

KPN Dutch Telco to back Gigajam in Amsterdam

Yamaha EZ-AG Learning guitar with Gigajam

Yamaha EZ-AG Learning guitar with Gigajam

News from RTVNH Amsterdam Regional News Group

Regional Dutch TV station RTVNH broadcast a short documentary about students from the Vlinderbloom Primary School (Butterfly Tree) showing them demonstrate how they learn and practice instrumental skills using their Yamaha instruments and Gigajam’s Online Music School. De Vlinderboom is one of the pilot schools that have been working with award winning UK music company Gigajam, using their Online Music School. The project is part of the Amsterdam Fibre Glass Network Project, BOA, which has provided all Amsterdam schools with a 1GB internet connection.

KPN, the Dutch Teleco, built the network for BOA and work with them as an education partner seeking to provide transformational learning. Ron de Mos, Directeur Zakelijke Markt, used the second annual BOA conference to announce that KPN will make a financial contribution so that all schools in Amsterdam can have online music lessons with Gigajam. They will be accesible free at the point of access at school and at home next year.

More details to follow.

You can view the documentary online here. It was broadcast in the Netherlands on the 4th November 2009.

Official! More music lessons – to improve memory, intelligence and behaviour

Professor Susan Hallam, of the Institute of Education, University of London, analysed scores of researchers’ studies on the benefits of music to children.

Her report found that learning a musical instrument at school improves children’s behaviour, memory and intelligence. The report was commissioned by the government.

Brian Greene, Managing Director, this week commented on the report, ‘ There is a general acceptance that the activities associated with learning a musical instrument have wide ranging benefits. The specifics and science in this report provide further compelling evicence that this is not just anecdotal. The government, music services and all those associated with music education in the UK, especially the music manifesto,  have worked exceedingly hard to provide more opportunities for pupils at school to access music lessons and a huge step change has been achieved.’

John Hillier, Director of Gigajam continued, ‘This report, yet again, confirms our belief that we need to add a technology assisted instrumental provision to provide the scale of opportunity and participation that we want for all our school students.  The main problems that face the delivery of large scale musical instrument tuition still persist and they are:

I.    Large scale sustained participation in learning a musical instrument is unaffordable under existing structures and,

II.    Even if there were enough money to pay for instrumental teachers there are simply not enough music teachers to deliver the number of traditionally delivered lessons required to give every student a chance to learn a musical instrument.

The government has been very generous recently, but even the current level of generosity will only provide one year of free tuition to primary school children during the currency of the funding . Most music services, who are the principle deliverers of instrumental tuition, are  probably now working close to capacity and more money will not provide a further step change.

What is needed, is for an additional technology assisted structure(s) to be added, alongside, and in addition, to the existing tried and tested structures delivered by music services.  The government has already adopted BECTA’s Harnessing Technology Strategy for teaching and learning, which when used inconjunction with the huge educational technological infrastructure that is available, through our National Education Network, will provide every child, wherever they are in the UK, with access and opportunity to sustained, high quality musical instrument tuition.  Gigajam’s suite of lesson content, curriculum and software, has already been developed with the current technology standards and  would provide students and teachers with:

anytime, anywhere access

independent learning

assessment for learning (formative, summative, continual and terminal assessment, supporting teaching and learning)

personalised learning

progressive and sustained pathways

integration with existing government strategies (music manifesto, musical futures, extended schools, ICTAC)

reach and scale

Gigajam is already being used to provide daily instrumental music lessons for individuals, small groups and whole classes, providing a scale of delivery unaffordable by existing methods. Whole class instruction can and does already take place everyday in Gigajam schools, both primary and secondary and you can see examples online on our Case Study pages.

Introducing Gigajam

Bradley Stoke Community College

For more information for Gigajam’s support of the government’s Music Manifesto, then please contact either:

John Hillier, or Brian Greene

Gigajam YouTube Channel Launched

How Gigajam worksGigajam have recently started using the YouTube Video hosting service to promote instructional vidoes of Gigajam in use and How to Use Gigajam. Please feel free to view the growing video channel at:

Brian Greene, Managing Director said, ‘This is a quick and easy way of sharing information and we have produced the short videos in an informal and simple manner, reflecting the ease with which the web can be used to communicate. We will also be publishing the videos in a number of areas of the web, which will include our own support section, as well as community and social networking areas such as Facebook, Gigajam Group, and the UK music education community portal, Teaching Music,

For further information on How to use Gigajam, then please feel free to contact us at:

T: 0800 055 6797






Gigajam Autumn 2009 UK Roadshow

SLF2009Gigajam will be out and about across the UK in the autumn, focused on providing local audiences with an opportunity to meet the producers and see Gigajam in action.

SFL 2009 Adrian Carey demonstrating the drums software

The Gigajam Team will be demonstrating the new GigajamVLE service that enables students to learn at school and continue at home. It also provides an integrated ePortfolio to store and automatically mark students’ performances. The system also provides detailed reports for teachers, on students’ progress, to help with continual, formative and summative assessment.

Please feel free to register an account and demo GigajamVLE at The first lessons for guitar, bass, keyboards and drums are free.

Autumn 2009

The autumn schedule is currently:

3rd and 4th  September 2009

Scottish Association of Music EducatorsStirling University.

18th and 19th  September 2009

National Association of Music Educators – University of York.

23rd and 24th September 2009

Scottish Learning Festival – SECC Glasgow (Stand D30)

3rd and 4th November 2009

Specialist Schools and Academies Trust  Annual Music Conference – Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham

25th and 26th November 2009

Specialist Schools and Acdemies Trust Annual Conference – ICC Birmingham (Stand B20)

Winter/Spring 2010

13th-16th Jaunary 2010,

British Education Teaching with Technology Show (BETT) – Olympia Earls Court, London (Stand V20 National Gallery)

Gigajam are planning to be on hand at The Education Show NEC  and the SSAT Annual Arts Confernce in 2010.

For more information on Gigajam and how we help create more musicians, with our partners, then please contact:

Email Brian Greene or phone 07976 208859. [vCard]

Email John Hillier or phone 07956 466440. [vCard]

Gigajam is an affordable ICT based instrumental tuition programme that provides a scalable solution to teaching and learning the guitar, bass, keyboard and drums. If you would like to know more about Gigajam and how it is helping create musicians, then please feel free to get in touch.

Gigajam can provide stand alone, network and Learning Platform VLE solutions for Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Local Authorities.

Tel 0800 055 6797