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Gigajam Get Down Under – Australia

Gigajam - Creating Musicians

Gigajam get down under – Australia

Soundhouse Music, Australia has become a Gigajam distributor providing local representation for the first time.

Soundhouse Music are themselves a well established music tuition provider delivering instrumental courses for students, CPD to state schools, as well as running their own music projects within schools. They now offer Gigajam in one of their centres, enriching their offer.

Soundhouse believe passionately in the use of high quality resources and technology which enables them to support more opportunities for students to receive sustained high quality instrumental instruction.

For more information on Soundhouse Music and their work, as well as Gigajam in Australia, please feel free to contact Ken Owen, Manager Soundhouse.com  (Australia).

For more information on Gigajam and how we help create more musicians with our partners then please contact:John Hillier or phone 07956 466440. [vCard]

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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.

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Future School of Finland gets Gigajam

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Gigajamming in Future School of Finland

Gigajam has been chosen for the Future School of Finland project in the City of Oulu. This is an exciting project which take a holistic look at education, taking the physical environments, curriculum, and resources as a whole.

The Future School project is transforming education in a similar way to UK initiatives such as BSF, the Music Manifesto and the Harnessing Technology strategy. Although we are playing a small part, we are proud to be involved in such innovation.

More information is available here.

http://edu.ouka.fi/…/FutureSchoolOfFinland.pdf

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.

Web http://schools.gigajam.com
Tel 0800 055 6797

Gigajam goes Dutch

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Gigajam goes Dutch with BOA (Amsterdam)

Gigajam has been selected by Breedbandnetwerk Onderwijs Amsterdam (BOA) for an city wide music project developing the use and connectivity provided by their new fibre optic network.

The project aims to make Gigajam available to all schools in Amsterdam in 2010 across BOA’s network. The initial planning is complete, and Gigajam’s long standing client Muziek skool Amsterdam West (MSA) are spearheading the project.

Gigajam has been used successfully by MSA since 2005. They have recently expanded their work with Gigajam and were asked to use their experience and expertise to support a group of 5 schools in a pilot for the main project.

It is proposed that Gigajam will be available to all schools, their teachers, and learners; at school and at home from the end of this year. Translations for the early lessons, for the younger students, are already available to the Music School and the participating schools. They are really enjoying the opportunity to provide musical instrument tuition to all their pupils.

The Essential Skills Courses for guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and theory will be available in both English and Dutch so students can choose which language they wish to use.

Initial training began in March led by Brian Greene of Gigajam. MSA are now leading the mentoring and will be supported in May when all project schools will have their third session run by Gigajam and MSA in Amsterdam.

More details will follow shortly so that interested parties in Amsterdam can enquire how to participate.

http://www.boa-amsterdam.nl/nl/home/

http://www.muziekschoolamsterdam.nl/

A website for the project is now available at http://www.gigajamsterdam.nl.

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.

Web http://schools.gigajam.com
Tel 0800 055 6797

Bolton LA gets Gigajamming

Gigajam’s award winning Essential Skills Course has been chosen for Bolton LA’s Learning Platform. This means that all students in Bolton will be able to learn guitar, bass, keyboard and drums at school and at home.

Bolton joins the growing number of local authorities who are keen to develop the use of their Learning Platforms to harness technology for more music making opportunities.

There will be four mentor centres working together to begin the roll out of Gigajam and training will commence shortly after the Bolton LA ICT conference on June 30th 2009.

More details will follow shortly so that all Bolton Schools, their teachers, and students can make the most of the resources which will be available free at the point of access.

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]

Families given chance to play instruments

IN TUNE: Youngsters were given tips on how to play a variety of musical instruments at a free event over the weekend.

‘Strum It, Bash It, and ICT’ gave young people and their families the chance to learn how to play the electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboards and drums.

The lessons were taught through some of the latest online music software, Gigajam, which teaches individuals at their own pace.

It took place at the Bridge Centre, in Birches Head Road, Birches Head, on Saturday.

Stoke LA – Music suite using hi-tech hook-ups for lessons

A NEW music suite has been created offering residents the chance to learn how to play electric guitars, keyboards and drums.

The facility, at the Bridge Centre in Birches Head, is available to everyone in Stoke-on-Trent.

Using new “Gigajam” software, the City Music and Performing Arts Service will be able to teach people how to get involved in music and play different instruments with the aid of cutting-edge computer programmes.

Instruments are plugged into each of the suite’s 16 computers. Those playing the instruments are able to record a piece of music before Gigajam tells the musician which sections of the music they got wrong, and helps them to correct any mistakes.

Lord Mayor Councillor Jean Bowers said: “This is a wonderful facility for young and old alike to use, and the tuition they receive is also excellent.”

In addition to Gigajam, the City Music and Performing Arts Service is also hosting classes using popular “Wii Music” and “Rock Band” games for budding musicians.

Ruth Steele, ICT and music specialist at the service, said: “We’ve found it’s a really exciting and useful way of teaching people how to play, especially if they’re familiar with the games themselves.

“We can put the game screens on a big screen meaning we can have a whole class of people learning at the same time.”

For more details, call 01782 233794 or 233796.

Can technology be part of a solution that provides sustainable, tangible, progressive musical instrumental skills?

Merlin John writes on Futurelab about the use of technology in teaching music.

http://www.futurelab.org.uk/resources/…/Web_Article930

The search for an effective solution led Ian to the online music service Gigajam,
which became the digital ‘glue’ to hold together the learning and teaching and to
make the resources – PCs and instruments and rooms – go further. “I looked at Gigajam
for all sorts of reasons but particularly the

personalisation

,” says Ian. “In reality this is the first time children in our music lessons have
genuinely had the opportunity to work at their own pace, at their own level.

Being part of a broad music offering for students, and playing a part in providing
more music making opportunities is everything Gigajam was ever created for. Thank
you to Ian and his team at Tiverton.

Tiverton High School is one of the 400 schools in the UK using Gigajam regularly.

Gigajam’s early content (first five lessons) is freely available to the 4 million
UK school students in 6 of the 11 UK Regional Broadband Consortia (RBC).

  1. London Grid for Learning
  2. West Midlands NET
  3. South West Grid for Learning
  4. Northern Grid for Learning
  5. Scottish Schools Digital Network – Glow
  6. East of England Broadband Network

as well as across the following Local Authorities;

  1. City of Salford
  2. City of Sunderland
  3. Buckinghamshire CC
  4. Cheshire CC
  5. Leicester City
  6. Argyll & Bute

Please contact your RBC if you would like to try a few lessons out. Please also contact
your RBC or LA if they don’t have it yet, they will consider purchasing content and
services if they know their schools want it.


Brian Greene