Brian Greene, managing director of Gigajam, yesterday presented two seminars on The Bucks Online Music School, at the Buckinghamshire Next Generation Learning Conference at Green Park Training Centre, Aston Clinton.
The Online Music School is powered by Gigajam and available to all schools and pupils in Buckinghamshire. Through the Bucks Grid for learning pupils can study guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and theory online at school, at home, and on their mobile.
A summary of the seminar content is below which details the current Online Music School as well as the new version which is planned to be integrated into the new Bucks Learning Portal during 2010.
Presentation Notes for delegates
The Bucks Online Music School is currently available at http://gigajamprem.bucksgfl.org.uk. For free access use your Bucks GFL login credentials.
Gigajam provides a rich multi-media music school, with over 128 lessons for guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and theory. There are over 968 videos, 45 TV Shows and 520 notional hours of study.
The course covers KS2 through to KS4, the equivalent to music grades debut to grade 5.
Gigajam in action
Gigajam is being used in schools up and down the UK, Australia, Netherlands and Finland and I have provided, below, a few examples of the different ways in which Gigajam is being used to provide more opportunities to learn a musical instrument. Schools differ in resourcing of computing. instruments, space, teachers and pupils and therefore use Gigajam in a wide variety of ways to support the development of music skills in their pupils. Please note that it is not essential to use any specific instrument to follow Gigajam lessons, you can use any instrument that you have available. If you do have MIDI instruments then they simply enable access to our analysis programme, but that is not essential.
Here are some different uses of Gigajam.
1. Pupils using purely at home with their own instruments.
2. Small rock clubs (4 pupils, 4 computers, 4 instruments) After school, lunch time. -Set up in the corner of a room, or a music practise room made into an ‘Interactive Music Room’.
3. Larger groups using an Interactive Whiteboard to go through lessons doing virtual drumming, or using whatever instruments are to hand to learn the concepts. Perhaps one or two instruments connected used with a computer individually.
4. Whole classes on a two to one basis, with a high degree of independence.
5. Whole classes with a one to one basis with complete autonomy and personalised learning experience, extended schools, adult education, community learning, lunch time, breakfast clubs and Gifted and Talented.
Video Case Studies used:
Using Gigajam in a primary setting where the school made good use of the instruments that they have.
Buckingham Primary School – http://schools.gigajam.com/CaseStudyBuckingham.aspx
Secondary school providing one to one independent studying in class,together with live performance
Bradley Stoke Community School – http://schools.gigajam.com/CaseStudyBradStoke.aspx
Live performance of a primary school showing how the real skills learned enable bands to be formed (away from the computers). This class is around 10 weeks into the course and performing Teenage Kicks by the Undertones.
South Manchester CLC – http://schools.gigajam.com/CaseStudySouthManchester.aspx
How to use Gigajam – Video Channel
Here are a series of short videos demonstrating how to use Gigajam, which can be viewed on our Video Channel.
(In the presentation I performed an exercise live on the drums, after following the instructions, watching the videos and playing along with the performance backing track. I then uploaded the performance to my locker (ePortfolio), using the latest version of Gigajams Xtractor X5 http://gigajamvle.com/download . I used the new Gigajam service at http://gigajamvle.com
Assessment for Learning
There is a short video demonstrating the power of the new assessment for learning engine. It captures and stores all student performances into their locker, which provides an automatically marked ePortfolio of the students work. It also captures where the student is within the course, provides a view of teacher comments and produces certificates of completed work for each lesson.
For the teacher, it provides a summary of every pupil performance, ordered into classes, as well as the opportunity to review and comment individual student’s exercises. In essence it provides, continual, formative and summative assessment.
Questions and queries
Please feel free to ask any questions, we want you to get the most out of the Bucks Grid for learning and its Music School. We will be only too pleased to help in any way we can. Contact details are:
Brian Greene, Managing Director | T:0800 055 6797 |M:07976 208859 E: email@example.com