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LCM & Gigajam launch School Music Awards

School Music Performance Awards, for Guitar, Bass, Keyboard and Drums.

Lessons Cycler

The University of West London/London College of Music Examinations in partnership with Gigajam have created the School Music Performance Qualifications for guitar, bass, keyboard and drums.

These new and innovative qualifications, regulated by Ofqual at Entry level and Levels 1& 2, have been created in direct response to the government’s National Plan for Music and are designed to enable more students, at school and at home, to learn to play a musical instrument and receive recognition for their progress.

A launch event will take place on the 31st January.

University of West London

Lawrence Hall
St Mary’s Road, London W5 5RF
Friday January 31st
4pm- 6pm

Sara Raybould, Head of London College of Music and Professor John Howard, Director London College of Music Examinations will introduce and host the event. Interactive presentations will be provided by Bob Chapman, Head of Music Maidstone Grammar School for Girls and Brian Greene, Director of Gigajam.

There will be an opportunity for questions, as well as networking with refreshments.

Please feel free to join us to find out about these new qualifications, how they work, how Gigajam is being used and how they will increase access to new ways of studying and gaining accreditation in popular music performance.

For more information and RSVP

UWL/LCME – andrew.hatt@uwl.ac.uk
Gigajam – brian.greene@gigajam.com

New National Music Qualifications designed for Schools

The University of West London/London College of Music Examinations in partnership with Gigajam have created the School Music Performance Qualifications for guitar, bass, keyboard and drums.

These new and innovative qualifications, regulated by Ofqual, have been created in direct response to the government’s National Plan for Music and are designed to enable more students, at school and at home, to learn to play a musical instrument and receive recognition for their progress.

UWL-LCME

The School Music Performance qualifications are suitable for beginners through to intermediate players through a series of graded exams. Debut to grade 5 are available for guitar, bass, keyboard and drums.

Students learning using Gigajam simply complete the exercises in their chosen instrument and upload and store their performances in their e-Portfolio. They can do this using either the video capture or award winning Analyser software. At the end of each grade they then have five songs to perform and store, proving their skill and fluency in performing on their instrument. Their class teacher will then verify two specified exercises from the course, along with one song to confirm that the portfolio is consistent with the level the student is performing at.

Using technology to support teachers in the delivery of a progressive pathway of study, as well as provide meaningful assessment will enable more pupils to:

• Receive instrumental instruction
• Actively learn a musical instrument
• Play together in bands and ensembles and
• Receive formal recognition for their hard work

Examination Costs

The qualifications are able to be affordable for schools and parents as the system of delivery and assessment is highly efficient. The list of qualifications and costs are listed below.

Grade

Level

QCF Credit

Accredited

 Cost

Debut Entry Level

4

  Yes

£10

Grade 1 Level 1

6

Yes

£11

Grade 2 Level 1

9

 Yes

£12

Grade 3 Level 1

12

 Yes

£13

Grade 4 Level 2

15

 Yes

£14

Grade 5 Level 2

18

 Yes

£15

Gigajam Online Music School

Gigajam courses are just £1 per pupil per annum, minimum charge £150 per annum. Hub licences are negotiable on an individual basis to include all schools and educational establishments in a Music Education Hub, but based on 1.5% of Music Education Grant.

Visit our Music Hub site to see how technology can help your hub reach more pupils in and out of school.

The formal launch date is yet to be announced. Please contact us now to find out more about the University of West London/London College of Music and Gigajam and how to enter your candidates.

Call us on 01494 534880 or email any questions directly to Brian Greene brian.greene@gigajam.com

Gigajam at FMS Conference 2012 – June 15/16

Gigajam will once again be attending the Federation Music Service Conference, this year at Wyboston Lakes in Cambridgeshire on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th June 2012.

Gigajam Live

Gigajam at BETT

 

Director Brian Greene will be on hand to demonstrate Gigajam in action, talk about how Gigajam is being used in 100’s of secondary, primary and special schools up and down the UK. He will be focused on how Gigajam can support Music Education Hubs use technology to provide all students with the opportunity to learn a musical instrument over a sustained period of time.

Brian said ” Our school clients are growing, as is their use of Gigajam, increasing the amount of chances pupils have to learn a musical instrument. Many schools, who have moved to our new VLE service have uploaded multiple thousands of exercises, as is evidenced from our leader board (http://gigajamvle.com) and that is growing everyday.

Gigajam Hub

Music Education Hub - Gigajam

Although there may appear to many opportunities to study on the web, it won’t take long before you realise that the quality is variable, the pathways are unclear and almost none have any progression or differentatiation. What can be guaranteed is that Gigajam remains the only truly comprehensive music pathway for guitar, bass, keyboard and drums online that provides true interactivity, personalised, independent & blended learning, together with continual, formative and summative assessment.

We have been innovating relentlessly through the last year and remain the only Online Music School that has won the British Education Teaching with Technology Award for teaching instrumental tuition. Our lessons and courses help teachers everyday to create and develop musicians and bands and supports them for periods up to 5 years.  We believe we are ideally positioned to support Hubs reach into Secondary Schools and provide the kind of experiences which are so hard to provide at the scale and at the standard that government policy and Ofsted demand.”

If you are interested in how technology can be used alongside proven traditional models and methods of delivery of instrumental lessons, then please take a few moments to come and visit us during conference.”

Gigajam have a dedicated Hubs site which demonstrates how Gigajam meets the governments National Plan for Music:

Gigajam have made major developments to Gigajam VLE and Brian will be demonstrating these at the conference to bring users and prosepctive new clients up to date with our latest services. These include:

  •  An online audio player, so you can practise with any instrument to our backing tracks without installing any software, e.g Drum lesson
  • Addition of 30 graded pieces  at the equivalent of debut, grade one, grade two, grade three, grade four and grade five so that students can apply their skills in bands together, e.g Guitar graded pieces
  • House point system, encouraging students who have completed lessons, reached scores over 6o% and 80%,
  • Automated certificates for completed lessons,
  • New XtractorSynth which removes latency enabling users to use MIDI controller keyboards, electronic drum kits with MIDI out only and YouRock MIDI Guitars without adding a new soundcard to the computer. Download freely here

Finally, the new CPD programme is now available and has been well received. The outline is available here:

For more information or arrange a meeting, then please contact Brian directly on the details below:

E: brian.greene@gigajam.com

T: 01494 534880

M: 07976 208859

 

 

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

 

Music Education Hub Partner – 10 reasons for choosing Gigajam

Gigajam can help your Hub meet the aims of the National Music Plan  

Here are just 10 reasons why Gigajam is an ideal Hub Partner

 

 

1. More for Less – Harnessing technology to increase scale & reach: – Gigajam is available anytime, anywhere, helping music services significantly increase their current offer to schools and complementing existing activities.

 

2. Available to ALL: –  Gigajam can be made available to all schools and all their students, in school and at home, giving every child, irrespective of their needs or background, the chance to learn a musical instrument in class and online for free.

 

3. Large Savings to Hubs: – Gigajam will be heavily discounted to Hubs, in return for a single licence, making it genuinely inexpensive to provide a Hub wide licence that includes each and every school and educational establishment within the Hub area.

 

5. Affordable, Sustainable & Flexible: – Gigajam Hub charging model is calculated at a rate of 1.5% of formula, so the price is linked to available funding.  The cost of a licence will therefore reduce as funding reduces, making it truly sustainable. Gigajam will also be happy to negotiate fees according to local context.

 

6. Accreditation: – Gigajam has a programme of study that enables students to achieve a Level 1 Arts Award and has plans to make a Level 2 certificate available, equivalent to Grade 5, by September 2012

 

7. Supporting & Reaching Secondary Schools: – Gigajam will increase a Hubs reach into schools, in particular secondary schools, to support the delivery of music, technology and the creative curriculum at KS3 & 4

 

8. Progression, Transition and Sustainable Pathways: – Gigajam can help bridge  Wider Opportunities Programmes into a more sustainable offer for all pupils that can take learners up to a standard equivalent to Grade 5

 

9. Increase Demand for Music Lessons: – Gigajam will help increase the numbers of pupils choosing to learn an instrument with music service teachers.

 

10. Fun, Engaging and Rewarding:- Gigajam provides real instrumental skills through interactive eLearning, enabling students to develop tangible and transferable skills  so  they can engage fully in a wider music curriculum and be able to join in a broad range of ensemble opportunities.

You can see Gigajam in action in our case study pages here: http://schools.gigajam.com/CaseStudies.aspx

And a few of our many testimonials can be read here: http://schools.gigajam.com/Testimonials.aspx

 

For more information and help with Maximising your Hub Bid, simply contact:-

Brian Greene

Director

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

Gigajam VLE – Teacher and Student Assessment for Learning

Gigajam is well known for the interactive multi media musical instrument tuition we provide, but have you taken a close look at the functionality in our eLearning that provides genuine assessment for learning, automatically. Our Xtractor and Analsyer software enables students to record and save all their performances. Our VLE, enables all performances to be stored and viewed through a variety of windows to help teachers support students and for students to get real time continuous, formative and summative assessment.

Gigajam Harnesses Technology so that students have a more personalised learning experience, with the opportunity for independent study and for students to work at their own pace. Teachers will benefit by being able to spend more time supporting their students’ learning.

We have provided some screen grabs of the key functions of our assessment for learning engine, designed for both teaching and learning. Click on any of the screen grabs to enlarge the view.

Teachers – Staff Room

My Classes

Teachers can order their students into classes so they can track progress at a glance. This enables teachers to drill down into students work, through a series of summary views, right down to individual students’ exercises. The classes provide the highest level summary from which students instrumental (guitar, bass, keyboard and drum) and arts award work can be viewed.

Live Class activity

Teachers can use the live class activity view in their Staff Room to review how ‘on task’ students are in class and use this screen to review work uploaded by pupils in real time. Teachers can then provide real time interventions and target their in-class time to ensure effective support of students when they are working independently, to ensure they are not isolated.

GigajamVLE – Assessment for Learning Engine – Live Class Activity Reporting

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Student Progress

Teachers can view their students’ performances in a variety of summary of views, provided through detailed layers of granularity right down to the review of each exercise.

GigajamVLE – Assessment for Learning Engine – Student Progress Report

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Students’ Lockers

E-Portfolio Assessment for learning engine

Students upload their saved performances directly from our latest software so that they are placed straight in the students portfolio without the student leaving their exercises.

Students and teachers can comment on work, with students demonstrating their understanding of what they need to do to improve and teachers providing feedback, support and learning interventions.

GigajamVLE – Assessment for Learning Engine – E-Portfolio

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Arts Award

Arts award encompasses students instrumental learning plus the documenting of a series of arts activities, currently including the research of an Arts Hero, attending a live event and sharing their work, as an apprentice. Here is an example of student’s written work saved directly to their portfolio. Students can also link to photographs, videos, or any other media that they have stored in their online personal space(s).

GigajamVLE – E Portfolio for Arts Award

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Personalised Learning

The system reports progress of all completed work and provides students with sumary of progress, even on login.

GigajamVLE – Arts Award progress reports

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Certificates of completion

When each lesson and level is completed the system automatically produces a certificate for the students, aggregating the scores achieved, which is held in their portfolio, but can also be printed out.

GigajamVLE – Automated marking, scores and certification

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If you are not familiar with Gigajam’s interactive lesson content, then please feel free to try our first lessons for guitar, bass, keyboard and drums here: http://gigajamvle.comFor more information please contact Brian Greene e: brian.greene@gigajam.com m:07976 208859

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