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
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
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