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Gigajam Online Audio Player

We are developing our own Online Audio Player, that will allow students to practise  Gigajam exercises along with mp3’s, directly from our Online Music Schools.

The Online Audio Player will be in addition to our existing MIDI play along/recording and analysis software (GigajamXtractor/GigajamAnalyser).

The New Online Audio Player (integrated into GigajamExerciseWindow)

As the audio player will be online, there will be no downloading, nor installation. It will be ideal for mobile users, as well as those who do not wish to use MIDI, or connect an instrument to their computer or mobile device.

The beta version has already been released, to support the development of a new online exam system and the tunes, musical notation and supported lesson notes can be viewed freely for guitar, bass, keyboard and drums up to the end of Gigajam’s Level One. Accordingly, you will find our exams pitched at:

Debut Grade (end of lesson02) Grade One (end of lesson04) Grade Two (end of lesson07) Grade Three ( end of lesson10).

There are five evolving tunes at each grade which you can try.

Guitar

 Debut Grade | Grade One | Grade Two| Grade Three   

Bass

 Debut Grade | Grade One | Grade Two| Grade Three    

Keyboard

  Debut Grade | Grade One | Grade Two| Grade Three  

Drums

  Debut Grade | Grade One | Grade Two| Grade Three    

The Gigajam Audio Player will be fully available across both our Schools service at http://gigajamvle.com and our Consumer service at http://gigajamonline.com by the end of January 2012.

Using MIDI in schools means near silent study in classes. Essential for managing music making practical and possible in the classroom. Most schools have plenty of MIDI keyboard instruments, but most have fewer for guitars, basses and drums.  A big benefit will be for schools who wish to use Gigajam, but want to use their existing instruments, rather than MIDI. In conjunction with silent classroom monitoring systems like Jam Hubs, students will be able to use Gigajam lessons with standard guitars, basses and drum kits, supporting the opportunity for more instrumental tuition in the classroom (National Music Plan).

For more information about Gigajam and all our products and services, please contact:

Brian Greene

Director

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

 

Making Even More of Music

Technology helps you make more of skills based music making in the classroom 

It is widely recognised that learning to play an instrument has huge musical and educational benefits for students, although providing every child with the opportunity to do so remains one of the greatest challenges in music education.

As Ofsted reported in 2009:

“The provision for music was good or outstanding in around half the schools visited. However, the quality and range of the provision for music varied too much. While  many pupils were benefiting considerably, others were missing out.”

There is much that is more than good in music education in the UK, but Ofsted’s  findings included concerns around; assessment, progress and progression, quality, duration of Study, KS4 and under use of ICT. We have mapped Gigajam’s main benefits and features against those areas in a short online which can be viewed online.

Gigajam would like all children to have the chance to learn to play a musical instrument   and we have a licensing model and special deals that will make Gigajam affordable.  Gigajam is just £1 per pupil per annum, but see what other special deals are available.

For more information, or if you have any questions visit our website or give us a call on 01494 534880.

You can also email any questions directly to Brian Greene.

 

 

 

Developing Essential Music Skills in the Classroom

Technology makes instrumental learning in the classroom possible

It may not be specified in the National Curriculum that students should learn how to play a musical instrument but few would disagree that, if possible, it would help students engage more deeply in music making.

Noise, space, equipment and specialist knowledge are some of the key reasons why teaching instrumental skills in class has been so difficult historically.

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Technology, though, can play a huge role in supporting the classroom teacher make instrumental learning in class possible, easy and fun. Gigajam was designed to be delivered so that pupils could experience what it is like to learn one to one, whilst in a class group. It also encourages students to come together and play and perform live, as well as equip them with the skills they need to compose and record.

See Gigajam in action here

Gigajam would like all children to have the chance to learn to play a musical instrument and we have a licensing model and special deals that will
make Gigajam even more affordable. Gigajam is just £1 per pupil per annum, but see what other special deals are available here

Ideal for years KS2 (Y6), KS3 (Y7, Y8, Y9) and KS4 (Y10, Y11). Gigajam is also being used as enrichment for 6th form colleges.

For more information, or if you have any questions visit our website or give us a call on 01494 534880. You can also email any questions directly to brian.greene@gigajam.com