National Curriculum for Music 2014

National Curriculum for Music 2014 & Learning to play an instrument

The new National Curriculum for Music now specifically includes the opportunity for children to learn a musical instrument. In its aims it states:

“The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

…have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.”

There are challenges to overcome with learning an instrument in the classroom and these include: noise, space, equipment, and specialist knowledge for example. But we have a solution.

Problem Solved

By overcoming these problems Gigajam allows pupils to learn one to one, in a class group, with a music teacher as facilitator. Pupils can also access Gigajam from home – anytime/anywhere. Our courses are designed to bring pupils together to play and perform, as well as equip them with recording and composing skills – helping you help more pupils act as musicians in class.

How Gigajam Works

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Benefits of Gigajam

Sustained duration of study

Gigajam supports teachers to teach pupils from complete beginner through the grade 5 on guitar, bass, keyboards and drums. Pupils could easily be supported by the comprehensive pathway from KS2 through to KS4.

Accredited by Ofqual – Awarded by University of West London/LCME

Pupils can now receive a national recognised award at debut grade and grades one through to 5 by studying with Gigajam. The new School Music Performance award count towards school’s results and are easy and cheap to enter with no external examination required. 

Evidence of Progress

Continual, Formative and Summative Assessment

With Gigajam’s unique interactive software, as well as our assessment for learning system, all pupils work can be seamlessly uploaded to their own e-Portfolios so that they can demonstrate their progress, as well as receive automatic formative assessment and teacher comments. Both videos and MIDI files are easily stored and accessed by pupils and their teachers, clearly documenting all of the pupils’ hard work. Our award winning recording and analysis software not only provides a great way to practice and finesse skills, but also provides immediate feedback on pupils’ performances.

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Easy set up and use any instrument

Our new embedded video recording allows pupils to record and upload their performances for feedback and marking by their teachers, meaning that anyone can use Gigajam’s lesson content with any guitar, bass, keyboard and/or drum kit.



All children should get a chance to play an instrument and we’ve made Gigajam affordable at just £1 per pupil per annum. Our awarding body at The University of West London/LCME charge just £10-£15 for debut to grade 5 awards, making it possible, easy and inexpensive to help more pupils, learn to play an instrument and be recognised for their hard work.

Give us a call and let’s discuss how we can help you and your pupils.

Call Brian anytime on 01494 534 880 or drop us an email.

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