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Drive in Muziekschool launched in Amsterdam

Gigajam is available to schools in Amsterdam via their Broadband network for schools (BOA) and on Monday the 11th July BOA presented a new service for schools, Drive in Muziekschool. It is a mobile classroom solution for schools who do not have dedicated IT support yet wish to provide more opportunities for students to learn how to play a musical instrument.

Presenting the Drive In Muziekschool

The Drive in musiziekschool concept is a mobile workstation containing desking, a band set of instruments (guitar, bass, keyboard and drums) and laptops pre installed with Gigajam lesson content and software – ready to go!

Guitar, Bass, Keyboard & Drums Drive In workstation

Saranna Maureau, project manager for BOA launched the concept at the Wagg Society in Amsterdam to an audience including schools teachers, teacher trainers, Kennisnet http://www.kennisnet.nl/, KPN (http://www.kpn.com/ Dutch telecom network provider) and QLICT (http://www.qlict.com/ Schools network management provider).

Drive In Muziekschool

Children from the Leonardo da Vinci school demonstrated how they use Gigajam, with their teacher Vladi, who is provided by The Muziekschool Amsterdam West. http://www.muziekschoolamsterdam.nl/

Leonardo da Vinci students

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For more information on Gigajam in The Netherlands then please contact:

Saranna Maureau Project Manager BOA saranna.maureau@gmail.com

Brian Greene Director Gigajam brian.greene@gigajam.com

View Amsterdam Case Study and Project Pages http://schools.gigajam.com/nl/

Try Gigajam in Dutch at http://gigajamvle.com Simply select the Dutch national flag

Background on BOA and Gigajam in The Netherlands

BOA are the Broadband for Schools Network, http://www.boa-amsterdam.nl/nl/home/ which runs across the City of Amsterdam. They have selected Gigajam as a content provider for their schools and now provide access to Gigajam’s Online Music School http://gigajamvle.com across their network. This provides the opportunity for all Amsterdam students to learn to play a musical instrument; guitar, bass, keyboard and drums, in school and at home.

BOA work hard to help their schools develop innovative uses of technology to support and develop learning and increasing access. Gigajam Drive In is a mobile classsroom solution for musical instrument tuition. The scheme will see BOA delivering pre installed laptops, Yamaha instruments and, of course, access to Gigajam via the BOA network.

Brian Greene said, “This is a great innovation for Amsterdam schools and is a tried and tested delivery model in The Highland Council Region, Scotland, where they have been  supporting 84 primary schools with access to Gigajam since 2005 with their own Music Classroom on the Move concept. (http://schools.gigajam.com/CaseStudyHighlands.aspx)

The scheme is aimed at supporting smaller schools with no dedicated network technicians so that they have a plug and play experience.

Gigajam is available to City of Amsterdam schools via http://gigajamvle.com and the early lessons can be followed in both English and Dutch, to support younger students.

Gigajam Drive In – Amsterdam

Brian Greene will be joining dutch partners BOA, on Monday 11th July, as they launch their Gigajam Drive In model for Amsterdam Schools at The
Waag Society, Nieuwmarkt 4

 

BOA are the Broadband for Schools Network, http://www.boa-amsterdam.nl/nl/home/ which runs across the City of Amsterdam. They have selected Gigajam as a content provider for their schools and now provide access to Gigajam’s Online Music School http://gigajamvle.com across their network. This provides the opportunity for all Amsterdam students to learn to play a musical instrument; guitar, bass, keyboard and drums, in school and at home.

BOA work hard to help their schools develop innovative uses of technology to support and develop learning and increasing access. Gigajam Drive In is a mobile classsroom solution for musical instrument tuition. The scheme will see BOA delivering pre installed laptops, Yamaha instruments and, of course, access to Gigajam via the BOA network.

Brian Greene said, “This is a great innovation for Amsterdam schools and is a tried and tested delivery model in The Highland Council Region, Scotland, where they have been  supporting 84 primary schools with access to Gigajam since 2005 with their own Music Classroom on the Move concept. (http://schools.gigajam.com/CaseStudyHighlands.aspx)

The scheme is aimed at supporting smaller schools with no dedicated network technicians so that they have a plug and play experience.

Gigajam is available to City of Amsterdam schools via http://gigajamvle.com and the early lessons can be followed in both English and Dutch, to support younger students.

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For more information on Gigajam in The Netherlands then please contact:

Saranna Maureau Project Manager BOA saranna.maureau@gmail.com

Brian Greene Director Gigajam brian.greene@gigajam.com

View Amsterdam Case Study and Project Pages http://schools.gigajam.com/nl/

Try Gigajam in Dutch at http://gigajamvle.com Simply select the Dutch national flag

 

 

Yamaha release new deals on MIDI Instruments

One Man Band in Banbury, Gigajam’s long term supplier partner of instruments to schools, have released a series of superb new deals on their Yamaha instrument bundles, recommended for use with Gigajam.
These deals are only available to education and One Man Band is the sole importer of the Yamaha EZ-AG MIDI controller guitars.

Yamaha Instrument Bundles

You do not need any specialist equipment to use Gigajam, simply follow the narrated   instructions, watch the videos, and play along with the exercise using our practise engine Xtractor, and the instruments you have available. If you want to be able to record your students performances and receive an analysis from our Analyser software then we recommend the following bundles:
Yamaha E333 Keyboard
– includes (power supply, headphones, MIDI interface and cables) £189 +vat
Yamaha DD65 Drums
– includes (power supply, headphones, MIDI interface and cables) £199 +vat
Yamaha EZ-AG Guitar Bundle
– includes (power supply, headphones, MIDI interface and cables) £259 +vat
Yamaha EZ-AG Bass Bundle
– includes (power supply, headphones, MIDI interface and cables) £259 +vat
They come with free delivery and work perfectly with Gigajam on Apple and Windows.
Call us now to discuss your ideas and thoughts for developing your classroom with Gigajam , or contact David Cooper directly if you are interested in the instruments only.
Brian Greene
Director
Gigajam
0800 055 6797/07976208859
David Cooper
Director
One Man Band Music Store 01295 266788

Soundhouse Music Alliance and Gigajam

Australian music educators and their schools can receive a free annual licence from to Gigajam VLE when they take up the new Soundhouse Music Alliance offer.

Soundhouse® Music Alliance oversees and promotes multi-media, music making and education for teachers and students. Its contemporary focus engages those interested in modern music-making. Each Soundhouse® enhances the curriculum of a school and provides a learning opportunity that is respected and admired. Soundhouse® facilities are specially equipped classrooms where students and teachers can learn, explore and experiment with their own music-making. Soundhouse® has individual studios equipped with modern multi-media equipment and digital technology enabling experienced and novice musicians to create their own composition or learn from prepared recordings. The Soundhouse® Music Alliance is a Registered Charitable Foundation.

For further details visit Soundhouse Music Alliance @www.soundhouse.org.au

 

New Facebook and Twitter sharing features from Gigajam – share your progress with friends and family

Sharing and letting people know what you are up to is great fun, so Gigajam Online now enables you to share your latest achievements and your latest progress with friends and family using Twitter and Facebook.
You can share and let people know when you have completed a lesson. If you use Gigajam’s award winning ePortfolio then you can also share your exercise scores and course progress.

Please feel free to start sharing now and let us know if you would like any other sharing features made available. Try Gigajam at www.gigajamonline.com

Best wishes,

Brian

New Amsterdam schools join Gigajam through BOA – Breedbandnetwerk Onderwijs Amsterdamse

The newest recruit to Gigajam’s Online Music School in Amsterdam is Posiedon, which is a small Primary school.

Gigajam is a available to schools in Amsterdam via BOA Breedbandnetwerk  Onderwijs Amsterdamse. There are more details on the project and details of the developments in our case study section:

http://schools.gigajam.com/nl/

Gigajam go Stateside with Sessions Music

Gigajam’s Music Industry partner scheme continues to grow with over 75 Gigajam Partners signed up, the latest of which is Sessions Music in the USA.

Sessions Music,  is a brand new music school and has big plans for expanding across the USA, from it’s base in Houston. Sessions have chosen Gigajam as their online curriculum to support in class and at home practice for their students and we wish them well.

Gigajam’s Partner programme began in September 2010 and now has a wide mix of partners including: Music Stores, Music Teachers and Music Schools. Partners are predominantly from the UK, but latest recruits come from Australia, India and USA.

Gigajam’s Brian Greene said, “International expansion is a serious part of our business plan for the next five years and we see the partner scheme as an excellent way of expanding knowledge of our brand, products and services to musicians around the world. Our Partner scheme is manageable, scalable and hugely attractive to our partners who have a no cost out of the box solution generates a brand new revenue stream.”

For more information on Gigajam’s B2B Partner scheme you can visit the microsite here: http://musicschools.gigajam.net and/or contact Brian directly:

Brian Greene e: brian.greene@gigajam.com m:  +44(0)7976 208859

Their online music school can be found here http://bit.ly/fluLmB

Special Offers for Primary & Secondary Schools – Register NOW!

guitar| bass| keyboard| drums| theory

http://gigajamvle.com

Gigajam have two special offers to help schools provide more opportunities for children to learn a musical instrument at school and at home. There are only 100 unlimited users education licences available on these special deals, so register now so you don’t miss out.  

Primary Schools 

Amazing single cost offer –  £100 per annum 

50 Primary school licences are available below our minimum charge at just £100 per school per annum. The licence allows for unlimited users at school and at home via http://gigajamvle.com.

Gigajam’s standard charge is £1 per pupil, per annum, so it is easy to calculate your schools saving, which is guaranteed to be at least £50!

Secondary Schools 

Half Price offers – 2  for 1 and 4 for 2

We have a further 50 Secondary licences available where we will provide a two year licence for the price of one and a four year licence for the price of two; making Gigajam just £0.50 per pupil per annum.

This offer is available to any school that registers their interest during March.

Simply contact us here and we will send you a set of FREE Gigajam&Yamaha posters for your classroom.

Alternatively, call, or email us, to discuss your thoughts and ideas and receive expert advice.

T:0800 055 6797

E: brian.greene@gigajam.com

Existing customers can contact Brian to negotiate discounts on their licence renewal.

For further information:

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The Henley Review & Government’s Response – A statement from Gigajam

From the Review’s initial assumptions, through to the government’s response, Mr Gove and Mr Vaisey have demonstrated their belief in and support for music. They have further confirmed this with, what in the current climate, is generous dedicated funding .

Mr Henley has provided a strong and clear understanding of the landscape of music education in England together with 36 recommendations which are equally strong and clear. We are particularly delighted that Mr Henley has recommended that there is further work to be done to understand the positive impact that technology can play in our music education system.

The previous government did not respond to the call for a digital component, to our music education system, following the second Music Manifesto report.  It was, in our opinion, a missed opportunity to provide a broader blend of solutions that would move us closer to the widely shared aspiration that all children should have the chance to learn a musical instrument and sing.

We know that an e-learning model can significantly increase participation levels in school based musical instrument lessons, we’ve seen it happening live in classrooms. A model for e-learning should work alongside existing methods of delivery, especially when part of a school based music hub. It can be available online, at school and at home, and help music teachers and practitioners reach and support many more students than is currently possible.

The appropriate use of digital curriculum and interactive technologies, alongside traditional music tuition, bring enormous benefits, including the:

  • Increase in access and participation
  • Provision of additional affordable and sustainable models of delivery
  • Ability to evidence pupil progression
  • Support of higher standards and levels of attainment
  • Up skilling of musicians so that they can continue to, and in time, increase the contribution music and associated creative industries make to the UK economy.

The Wider Opportunities model of instrumental tuition, for a single year group, has provided many more children with the chance to learn a musical instrument, but, the scheme itself shines a clear and bright light on the ‘elephant in the room’, namely, scale. It is clearly not possible to deliver sustained instrumental tuition using the existing traditional models of delivery alone – there will never be enough money and there will never be enough instrumental teachers.

Mr Henley indicates in his report that Wider Opportunities programmes may, in the future, need to be just a term in duration before the requirement of a parental contribution. Ofsted, though, have clearly indicated that many schemes, however good they are in themselves, are already not of sufficient duration to enable children to learn to play an instrument in a way that supports genuine progression.

We believe that the system can do more, if we add: digital curriculum, interactive technologies, workforce development and innovative, cogent delivery models.

My colleagues and I worked hard on our submission to the review and we understand that further work to be undertaken to develop a national plan for technology would be a part of the National Plan for Music. We have written to  Mr Gove today to ask that we and our other e-learning industry colleagues and partners be actively included in the process.

Now that Mr Henley has completed his Review, we will be releasing our submission for wider consideration.

Brian Greene

Managing Director

Henley Review

Government Response to Henley Review

For more information on Gigajam and musical instrument tuition through elearning then please contact us:

Brian Greene

Managing Director

brian.greene@gigajam.com

http://schools.gigajam.com

T: 0800 055 6797

M: 07976 208859

Gigajam Wordle

Wordle: Gigajam

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