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Gigajam’s 6 Simple Steps to Learning an Instrument

Step1 – Follow the interactive lessons

Step2 – Practice and develop skills with interactive play along software

Step3 – Record & Analyse your performance

Step4 – Recorded performances can be stored online in your ePortfolio

Step5 – Performances stored online can contribute to accreditation

Step6 – Perform live in a band

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Step1 – Follow the interactive lessons 

Multimedia rich guitar, bass, keyboard & drum lessons

  

Detailed narrated lessons, instructional videos & graphics.

Students login to Gigajam VLE and select the instrument they wish to study. They choose their lesson and follow the on screen instructions. These are made up of narrated lesson notes, how to videos, TV shows, printable notes and graphics.

Watch students in action

 

Step2 – Practice and develop skills with interactive play along software

The first level of interactivity is playing & practising exercises with interactive software

 

 

GigajamXtractor is a powerful MIDI player/recorder

Students can practise their exercises along with the GigajamXtractor Player. They can alter the tempo of the backing track and change the mix of the instruments. They can also mute the instrument guide track and play on their own with the backing band.

 Watch students in action

Step3 – Recording and Analysing performances

The second level of interactivity allows students to have their performances analysed.

 

 

Simple MIDI instruments can be connected to Xtractor and performances recorded

If students have access to a MIDI instrument they can record their performance of an exercise and listen to how well they have played. They can then chose to Analyse the performance, using the GigajamAnalyser and see how their performance compared with the original exercise file. The Analyser provides note for note analysis, statistics on notes played, as well as an overall grade in percentage terms.

See Analysis example here

Students can repeat this as much as they like to develop their playing of the exercise.

 

Step4 – Recorded performances can be stored online to create an ePortfolio

All students have a locker where they can upload all their performances.

 

 

Once happy, students can save and upload their perfromance to their online Locker (ePortfolio) where they can store all of their work. Students can view all their stored work, comment on their performances, link to videos and audio files of performances and make and receive comments.

 

Step5 – Performances stored online can contribute to accreditation.

All students have a locker where they can upload all their performances.

Each exercise uploaded adds to the completion of the course and students can see at a glance how they are developing. Certificates are automatically produced upon completion of lessons and grades.

 

NB: – Students can follow the programme of study for a Level One Arts Award and Gigajam are working with the London College of Music to provide a university accredited Performance Award in Schools Music, leading to a Level 2 certificate (equivalent to GCSE).

 

Step6 – Performing live in a band

There are songs available for students to play as they pogress through the course.

 

 

Students can play the vamps and songs available through the course, which build directly on the skills they have learned. All the parts for the songs are written so that students can form bands together and if there are missing band members students can use Xtractor to play along with, simply replacing the missing band members.

Studio recorded versions of the songs are available as well, which can be played using Gigajam’s Webplayer (link to grade 3 tracks).

 

More Band Tracks

This is how students will sound

Here are some more band tracks available from Gigajam:

Torture | Berlin Wall | Darkened Streets | Who Says It’s Raining

 

More about Gigajam

 

Gigajam provides high quality instrument learning in guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and music theory. It uses the internet so that pupils can interact live with digital technology in the classroom, and then carry on learning outside or in their homes.

When it comes to progression, the beauty of Gigajam is that pupils constantly assess their progress as they learn. Teachers can immediately see how they are doing and give them feedback. Learning is accelerated and measuring attainment is quick and effective. Pupils of all backgrounds and abilities are motivated. They can work individually or in groups, and they can perform solo or in bands from Day 1.

 

For more information on Gigajam, please feel free to contact:

Brian Greene

T: 01494 534880 | M: 07976 208859 | E; brian.greene@gigajam.com

 

Interested in Gigajam? Your questions answered here

How much does Gigajam cost?

Schools and Academies

For schools, academies and educational establishments Gigajam is charged at £1 per pupil per annum based on the size of either:

The total number of pupils on roll, the number of pupils within a Key Stage, or a minimum of £150 per year. If you are serious about Gigajam, contact us and we will do all we can to make it affordable for your school.

This annual fee provides unlimited site user access to all students at school and at home (anytime or anywhere licence).

Music Services and Hubs

We are negotiating a fee at around 1.5% of the Music Grant Allocation/Formula for music services and hubs.

This provides an annual licence to ALL educational establishments within the service/hub area, again with access at school and at home (anytime,anywhere).

We also appreciate that a simple one cost fits all doesn’t always work – so please let us know your situation and we will do all we can to accomodate – just ask!

Do you need expensive specialist equipment? 

No you don’t. Gigajam works on a number of levels of interactivity. The first level is that the lessons, how-to videos, TV shows and play along software can all be used with any guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and drum kit.

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Using Gigajam with standard electric guitars to follow the lessons, videos and play along with backing tracks

Students can follow the lessons and practise their skills on any instrument.

The second level of interactivity that Gigajam provides is the ability to record a performance of an exercise into our Analyser software and receive note for note analysis. This provides continual, formative and summative assessment as students can also save their exercises into their Locker Online (ePortfolio).

Students can do this using Midi instruments. The standard keyboard which litter classrooms up and down the country work brilliantly and there are guitars, bass guitars that do a superb job. The ones we recommend are the EZ-AG MIDI guitar from Yamaha. Pretty much any MIDI drum kit works and schools find the Yamaha table top kits especially good. These MIDI instruments are inexpensive, robust, small and portable.

City of Stoke Learning Centre

Are MIDI instruments expensive?

No they are not. We recommend the Yamaha range of portable instruments, but there are plenty of keyboard and drum manufacturers who make good MIDI instruments.

Classrooms will probably already have plenty of keyboards and our recommendation is that you make good use of those and start by adding one or two drums and guitars. You can add more as you go along replacing keyboards with more guitars/drums depending on how you wish to run your lessons. This makes it affordable and manageable to get started. Using the Yamaha range is especially good as all the power supllues and MIDI interfaces are interchangeable making classroom design easy.

From One Man Band in Banbury

Yamaha EZ-AG Guitar bundle £259, Keyboard Bundle £189, Drum kit £199.

Yamaha MIDI Band Bundles – Instruments/Power Supplies/MIDI Interfaces/Headphones

What about noise in the classroom?

Using the Yamaha MIDI instruments, or any for that matter,  is great as students can work on headphones making it nigh on silent. You can see a class in action and hear the volume they are working at. Classroom for the Future

How do the lessons work and can students play together?

Gigajam provides high quality instrument learning in guitar, bass, keyboard and drums. It uses the internet so that pupils can interact live with digital technology in the classroom, and then carry on learning outside the classroom and in their homes.

Pupils constantly assess their progress as they learn. Teachers can immediately see how they are doing and feedback. Measuring attainment is quick and effective. Pupils can learn to perform individually, in groups and in bands from Day 1. Watch a Gigajam band playing together.

Can students really transfer from these MIDI instruments?

The kinetic skills they learn are identical on MIDI instruments to when they transfer to standard electric and acoustic instruments. They will feel a little different, but all instruments feel different, so that is the same jump they will make and as they become more experienced as musicians the easier they will make that change. The skills though transfer quite seamlessly and there is no tangible barrier to transfer.

Is Gigajam appropriate for Primary Schools?

In general we recommend Gigajam for Year 6, perhaps summer term of year 5 in KS2 and above. Perfect for secondary schools and life long learning for adult and continued education.

We know that Gigajam is used in primary schools with younger age groups, but we would have to defer to individual teachers’ judgements of their cohort.

Is Gigajam appropriate for Secondary schools?

The current Gigajam courses are the equivalent of debut grade through to grade 5, which is around Level 2. Gigajam is therefore ideally suited to KS3 – KS4 and for schools wishing to develop transition projects with the last year of primary school, especially when accessed via the VLE. Gigajam is not written to the National Curriculum, but provides a substantial contribution to both skills and knowedge outcomes.

Can students receive qualifications for studying with Gigajam?

Students can follow the Gigajam Programme of study for Arts Award and recieve a Level One qualification. Arts Award details and video here.

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We are working with the London College of Music to provide a university accredited Performance Award in Schools Music. This will lead to a Level 2 certificate (equivalent to GCSE) providing new opportunities for classroom pupils from September 2012.

Our Music Service uses Charanga, why do we need Gigajam?

Charanga is an excellent set of digital resources with a proven track record and used extensively in support of wider opportunities. Gigajam is a complement as we provide senior primary students and secondary students further instrumetal opportunities building on the start provided by Wider Opps. The progression over a sustained period, our level of interactivity, our systems assessment for learning engine and the structured course nature of Gigajam are the key differences.

Why do Music Services/Hubs need Gigajam? Specifically because Gigajam will help with:

  • A greater involvement with schools supporting the delivery of curriculum/creative option, in Key Stages 3 and 4 Music.

 

  • The provision of a progressive and sustainable digital instrumental curriculum option for pupils to use following wider opportunities.

 

  • Increase in the demand of pupils wishing to learn a musical instrument with a teacher through the music service.

 

  • Provide an opportunity for every child with the chance to learn a musical instrument online, free at the point of access, as an absolute minimum provision.

 

  • An affordable flexible business model that is a based on a percentage of the music fund grant allocation, so that it is consistent with available funding and more attractive to schools to work with the music services.

Gigajam’s key differentiators from ALL music eLearning programmes are expanded below:

Secondary Schools

Gigajam is perfect for Secondary schools with a progressive pathway that can cover KS3 and KS4 supporting classroom teachers provide tangible opportunities for pupils to learn instrumental skills and play together in bands. Primary transition projects are an obvious next step with students starting Gigajam in Year 6 ad continuing through statutory music at KS3.

True interactivity

Gigajam is designed so that students can receive note for note analysis for each exercise, enabling them to form judgements about their learning and what they need to do to improve.

Independent learning

The high level of intereactivity that Gigajam offers provides the opportunity for student’s to work independently within a whole class, small group and on their own.

Personalised learning

Students can really work at their own pace in class, moving from exercise to exercise as and when they feel comfortable to move on. Students can store all their work as they go along providing a creating a digital portfolio. Students can comment on their own progress, as well as receive feedback from their teacher.

Pupil Progress Tracking

Understanding how well every pupils is progressing is a huge challenge and teachers can use Gigajam’s My Class to view, monitor and assess students work. My Class provide access to every exercise in a students portfolio, as well as students commentary. Teachers can simply moderate the exercises, or provide additional feedback. Gigajam’s Analyser software automatical stores students scores in the database and produces completion certificates for students at the end of each completed lesson, graded lesson and level.

Skills Development

Gigajam is performance based, although all the music theory required is contained within each lesson, students learn to play their instrument and can then go on and play in a band.

Students learning in class

Students applying skills to playing in a band

Gigajam is the only instrumental eLearning provider to have won a British Education Teaching with Technology Award (Bett Award 2005 Essential Guitar, Bass, Keyboard and Drum Skills Courses) and is a finalist in the Digital Content for Secondary category for the 2013 BETT Awards.

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Gigajam to expand into Hong Kong education market from 2011

Breaking News –

Following the completion of successful discussions, which  started at the British Education Teaching with Technology show in London in January 2010, Gigajam has appointed ETC Edutech to represent the sale of Gigajam products in Hong Kong.

Brian Greene MD of Gigajam said, “It is an exciting development for us with Gigajam now being available through trusted partners in Australia, Netherlands, Finland and now Hong Kong. These are small steps for us as we remain focused and committed to completing a successful mission in the UK before attempting to execute a genuine global expansion. That being said, we are delighted that these opportunities are coming our way and they will provide solid stepping stones for us as we expand our reach.”

More to follow.

Gigajam will appear in the 2011 Catalogue for ETC Eductech and will be represented by the company locally. 

For more information please contact:

Brian Greene brian.greene@gigajam.com

Tel 0800 055 6797

Mob 07976 208859

Gigajam add Steinberg Sequel 2 in new online music technology studio

Gigajam have added ‘The studio’ to its Online Music School. The Studio is designed to support the use of music technology in school as part of Gigajam’s vision of the Music Classroom for the Future.

 The elearning partnership with Gigajam and Yamaha was launched at BETT in January 2010 and is the perfect partnership of;  Gigajam’s digital curriculum for the guitar, bass, keyboard and drums and Yamaha’s great range of portable and affordable MIDI instruments.

eLearning partnership

The concept of creating new musicians with the digital curriculum and interactive musical instruments, means that students, in the classroom can Learn to Play. They can then Perform in a Band by applying their skills to playing live .  The next step is to then take the developing musical competence to compose & record which is where Steinberg’s unqiue suite of desktop recording applications come in.

Music Classroom for the Future

Music Classroom for the Future Presentation

The studio environment we have created comprises of a downloadable version of Steinberg’s Sequel 2 which can be downloaded and installed and used freely for up to 45 days.

In addition to the free trial download, Steinberg have provided 8 music technology tutorials to help you understand how to get the most from recording and composing with Sequel. The list of tutorials available are as follows: 

Introduction: Install Steinberg Sequel 2 Trial

Download and install Sequel 2. There are details instuctions to ensure simple installation.  

Lesson 1 : Sequel 2 Tutorial

This 10 minute video tutorial introduces you to Sequel 2 and will provide you with the building blocks to start recording and composing.  

Lesson 2 : Controller Learning Functions

In this lesson there are four videos designed to support you making the most of your harware controller.  

Lesson 3 : Virtual Keyboards

These two video tutorials outline how to use your computer keyboard and mouse as virtual controller keyboards.  

Lesson 4 : Tapping out a Tempo

This video tutorial shows you how to work out the tempo of an given piece of audio.  

Lesson 5 : Using Track Icons

Here we outline how to use track icons to make your project easier to navigate.  

Lesson 6 : Freezing a Track to Save CPU

Learn about freezing a tracks effects to free up CPU power.  

Lesson 7 : Using The Media Bay

Discover the new Media Bay and how to use it effectively.  

Lesson 8 : Reverse Clip Effect

Learn how to apply an effect to an audio clip, in this example we use the Reverse Clip effect.

We are looking to develop the studio offer with Steinberg and expand the depth and range of Music Technology tutorials on offer.

Steinberg are planning the release for an innovative new unlimited site licence for schools which will make using high quality desktop recording available at school and at home in an affordable plan. Details to follow soon.

For further information on the Gigajam Sequel Studio then please visit  http://gigajamvle.com/content/studio.aspx 

Contacts

Brian Greene|Gigajam|Managing Director| email brian.greene@gigajam.com

Andrew Shravemade|Steinberg |Education and Product Training UK| email a.schravemade@steinberg.de

All Bolton Schools can access Gigajam via Bolton’s Learning Platform

Service Update

Bolton Council Hub

Gigajam VLE is now accessible to all Bolton Schools using Bolton’s learning platform.

Teachers and pupils simply need to login to Bolton’s learning platform and,  from the Learning Links,  follow the Gigajam logo.

Gigajam is using single sign on technology and have developed access with partners Uniservity who are authenticating users. The first time a user logs in they  will need to create the simplest of account forms on Gigajam VLE; thereafter users will be simply logged straight in from the Learning Link.

Teachers can gain access to Gigajam’s assessment for learning engine functionality, which provides a staff room where teachers can create classes of students, monitor pupils work and leave feedback. Access to the recently launched Arts Award Programme of Study is included.

 Teachers just need to log in and create an account and then send an email to brian.greene@gigajam.com .  We will then convert your account to a teacher account.

For more information and technical support please contact Brian Greene at Gigajam brian.greene@gigajam.com .

For Bolton teachers wishing to discuss their involvement with the project then please contact  Wendy Austin, Bolton Learning Platform Team  wendy.austin@bolton.gov.uk.

Bolton Council Hub http://clc2.uniservity.com/Grouphomepage.asp?GroupId=264652

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

Gigajam launch Arts Award Programme

Gigajam have today launched their Programme of Study for Bronze Arts Award.

Pupils will now be able to receive a Level One qualification for learning to play a musical instrument with Gigajam.

Employers, universities and colleges know that Arts Award is a qualification that shows your level of commitment and progress in the arts, and in developing new skills. Doing a Bronze Award with Gigajam means learning to play an instrument, going to a music event, and finding music heroes or heroines, researching their stories, and discovering how they got to where they are today. Students will also share skills by helping to run a workshop or by giving a demonstration to others. Students build a portfolio of ideas and activities on Gigajam’s Online Music School, http://GigajamVLE.com.

The Bronze Award will usually take students about 40 hours to complete.

There is a quick video providing an overview of the Arts Award programme of Study here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Xk_NC4rbZ0

Brian Greene, MD of Gigajam said, “It is an exciting development for us and our client schools, as their pupils can now receive a nationally recognised qualification for learning to play an instrument with Gigajam. There are plenty of pupils out there studying with Gigajam who can demonstrate their hard work and commitment and I am delighted that they will be able to work with their teachers/advisors to be properly recognised.

I am sure that most parents and pupils would expect that a music curriculum would include the chance to learn a musical instrument and with Gigajam it is possible to bring instrumental tuition into the classroom, as well as for extended school activities. Learning an instrument takes a good deal of time and I would like to see the hard work of the pupils and the determination of the teachers rewarded. 

In addition to providing pupils with tangible and transferable skills, receiving accreditation for pupils work in KS3 maybe a very helpful additional tool for music departments to leverage more support from senior leaders. I am sure it will drive innovation within the curriculum and support new ways of engaging and, incentivising pupils.” 

There is lots of information on the Arts Award website (http://artsaward.org.uk)

For more information on implementing Arts Awards in your school please contact

Brian Greene

brian.greene@gigajam.com

0800 055 6797