City of Stoke Music and Performing Arts Service – Gigajam update

Gigajam Sessions

The Music Technology Suite was officially opened on Friday 12th June 2009 by the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent. 

 

Since the opening the following workshops have taken place:

  • 6 x 2 ½ hour Family Learning Workshops – Strum it, Bash it and ICT it! Funding from Make Some Noise
  • Taster sessions for 8 groups
  • Workshops for 3 school groups
  • 26 x 2 ½ hour Family Learning Workshops – Strum it, Bash it and ICT it!

Funding from Adult and Community Learning

  • 2 x Full Day Family Learning Workshops – Strum it, Bash it and ICT it!

Funding from Adult and Community Learning

  • 12 x 2 hour Adult Learning Workshops

      Funding from Adult and Community Learning

  • 20 x 2hr Taster Sessions for youth and community groups

                  Funding from Grassroots Grants

  • 8 x 2hr Taster Workshops for adults

      Funding from European Social Fund

  • 3 x 2hr Evening workshops for Young People
  • Taster session for Primary Music Co-ordinators in Stoke-on-Trent

 

This has resulted in over 700 participants, of which over 500 were young people and over 200 were adults.

A selection of comments

Which aspects of the workshop were most useful?

  • The fact that my talent in music came to light!
  • Every aspect of the workshop was useful
  • The immediate interactions with the teachers and use of equipment and working at my own pace
  • Everything was brilliant

 

What achievement(s) are you most proud of?

  • Playing the keyboard and reading music again after many, many years of not doing so
  • Getting better at playing the guitar
  • Being able to jam together with others at the end of the session
  • The session has brought me closer to my daughter as well as achieving some of my aspirations! Further, I’m more musically aware and slightly less musically aware and slightly less musically challenged!!

 

Did you gain any benefit from attending the workshop that you had not expected?

  • Yes, enjoying music with my family
  • Yes, I did not anticipate to learn how to play using a PC and software
  • Yes, it has renewed my passion for music.

Interactive Technologies support whole class instrumental learning

Would you be interested in further workshops?

  • Definitely
  • Absolutely

 

For more information on City of Stoke Music Technology Centre and learning a musical instrument in Stoke then please contact:

Ruth Steele | Senior Curriculum Teacher

City Music and Performing Arts Service | Children and Young People’s Services

The Bridge Centre, Birches Head Road, Stoke-on-Trent  ST2 8DD

t 01782 234423  e ruth.steele@stoke.gov.uk

To discuss creating a Music Classroom of the Future then please contact:

Brian Greene

0800 055 6797

brian.greene@gigajam.com

http://schools.gigajam.com/future

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