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Henley Review of Music Education – Explore the role of technology in increasing instrumental skills in the curriculum

Learning with the aide of online lessons and interactive drum kit from Yamaha

At this years British Education Teaching with Technology conference, Ian Wright presented a 30 minute seminar on his use of technology for music. He wanted to help students’ engage more fully with the music curriculum, learn a musical instrument and succeed at music.

You can view the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfe5Bguwwrc

We have transcribed the contents below.

Ian says, “Let’s imagine that you are bit nervous and you are; in a big class and you have been to primary school and sung in assemblies and then you come along in year 7 and start at your high school. You have one hour a week and you are expecting, as a music teacher, for your students to take an option of going on to Key Stage 4 in music. So what skill have you given them? What confidence have you given them, to enable them to make that decision and take that choice?

So, I was looking at package that would help the students; follow their progress, help them develop a sense of their independence, in their learning, give them responsibility for their progress, as well as give them the skills they would need to go on to KS4 and succeed.

Most childrens’ experiences are limited to, perhaps, not always, but perhaps, a bit of keyboard work, or, a bit of samba drumming. I wanted something more than that though, which would give them skills to step outside of the classroom and keep going.

Students don’t use Gigajam all the time, please do not misunderstand me, we do, do; the Samba, we do the singing, the composition, all these other great things. This is one part of the curriculum that we offer within Key Stage 3. But, what’s different about this is we are pushing them to develop instrumental skills that they might not otherwise have. Giving them an opportunity to perform with their friends as a band, not just in the classroom, but breaktime, lunch time, after school, in the youth centre and so on.”

“I am Ian Wright, Head of Music at Tiverton High School in Devon. Its a high school of 1300 pupils 11-16 and we started using Gigajam around 4-5 years ago. At that time we had very few children learning a musical instrument and I was very aware that there was a large number of children that were not engaging with the curriclum. They weren’t really succeeding in music and I wanted to find a way to support every child in the classroom, find a way that we could help these children engage with the curriculum and help these children learn a musical instrument, so we looked to technology and found Gigajam and started to embrace Gigajam.

To know more about how Gigajam integrates with Ian’s approach at Tiverton High School, please watch this video of Gigajam in Action


Read Futurelab’s case study with Ian Wright – ‘Music for all at Tiverton” Merlin John


Tiverton students perform a rearranged version of Gigajam’s “The First Time”, now called Valentine Rock. (This is a Level One piece = Grade 3 – Level One NQF)


For more information contact:

Brian Greene

Creating More Musicians for Less

Gigajam&Yamaha - Learning the drums

Affordable instrumental tuition in the curriculum

If you feel that your students would benefit more from the music curriculum, if they had more instrumental skills, then perhaps this is a good time to consider how using Gigajam could help you to support more students learn to play a musical instrument.

Gigajam’s award winning Essential Skills Courses for guitar, bass, keyboard and drums can now be delivered online to students at school and at home and provides each pupil with an e-Portfolio to store their work and online classroom reporting for teachers.

With funding under the spotlight you may be interested to know that Gigajam is just £1 per pupil per annum and can be purchased for just one key stage, making it affordable for the smallest music department budget.

We also offer discounts for longer licencing, providing security and legacy for your programmes of study.


Secondary School KS3 Licence for 4 form entry 360 pupils

Term of licence years No’ of Pupils StandardCost


Saving Annual Cost £ Discount price per pupil
01 360 360 360 £1.00
02 360 720 72 648 £0.90
03 360 1080 162 918 £0.85
04 360 1440 288 1152 £0.80
05 360 1800 440 1350 £0.75

For our full list of options See our Products & Pricing  

Benefits of Gigajam

  • individual, small group and whole class instrumental tuition
  • personalised and collaborative learning
  • independent and skills based learning
  • continual, formative and summative assessment
  • progressive pathways of study (equivalent to debut-grade 5)
  • embeds ICT in music
  • affordable, with flexible licencing options
  • student individual ePortfolio
  • online reporting for teachers
  • Arts Award programme of study for Level One Bronze Award – NEW *Contact us for details*


Curriculum classroom instrumental tuition

For more information about Gigajam please contact us:


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Gigajam upgraded on London Grid for Learning

Schools connected to the London Grid for Learning can now experience  the first level of GigajamVLE on the LGFL platform.

Gigajam have increased the functionality to include the much acclaimed assessment for learning functionality that provides pupils with an ePortfolio for students and automatic marking and online reporting for teachers. Pupils can learn to play guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and follow the new theory lessons.

Teachers and pupils can access the content by logging into the LGFL www.lgfl.org.uk and visiting the Gigajam content pages at:


Access to the content is restricted to LGFL users and can be accessed by users using their LGFL shibboleth username and passsword.

For more information and to access Gigajam’s Level 2 and 3 content, then please contact us:


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Gigajam extended in Buckinghamshire

All Buckinghamshire schools, connected to the Bucks Grid for Learning, can continue to learn: guitar, bass, keyboard and drums with Gigajam online.

Teacher guiding online keyboard lesson

The licence to the Bucks Grid for Learning, which started in 2005, has been extended until 30th June 2011 so that students can continue to study in school and at home simply by logging onto www.bucksgfl.org.uk and searching for Gigajam.

Brian Greene MD of Gigajam said, “Bucks have been a terrific partner for us over the last 5 years and we are delighted to continue to provide great quailty digital curriculum and interactive software for all of their students. The Bucks Grid is one of the most effectively deployed VLE’s in the UK and makes access to our content, in and out of school, very simple and safe for the county’s teachers and pupils. We hope that we can upgrade the service to our flagship GigajamVLE in the new year, with the additional student ePortfolio and teacher and parent reporting functionality and will be working with Mike Woods and his team to integrate with the Bucks Learning Gateway.”

Gigajam’s agreement with Bucks includes supprt to schools, so if any Buckinghamshire School needs any further information on how to get the most from Gigajam the please do not hesitate to contact us:

Brian Greene


0800 055 6797

07976 208859