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BBC Get Playing Campaign

The BBC have launched the fabulous campaign Get Playing which aims to inspire amateur musicians across the UK and bring them together in a celebration like you’ve never seen before.

They have produced a website for the campaign and are encouraging participation in their terrifically fun Virtual Orchestra project which is fronted by David Baddiel.

Join David Baddiel, learn Bizet’s Toreador Song and play in the Virtual Orchestra.

The BBC say that Whether you currently play an instrument, or haven’t played for years, we want you to get involved and experience the joy of music making

At Gigajam we are pleased to support the campaign and like the BBC we believe that playing music is life-enhancing, community building, and above all, fun.

Gigajam is already linked out from the BBC so please feel free to grab 3 months of free lessons with us. You can learn guitar, bass, keyboard and drums – all four if you want. Our lessons are backed with music grades from the University of West London and London College of Music so you have quality guaranteed.

Just visit here to register freely and start learning today.

Find out more about Get Playing with the BBC here

Always wanted to go to music school? Now you can!

Welcome to a Music School where you learn to play guitar, bass, keyboard and drums all online.

 

Gigajam online is packed with: TV Shows, Videos, Lessons and Play along exercises.
You can learn online, in your own place, in your own time. So, if you’ve always wanted to go to music school – now you can. Choose your instruments and try your free lessons.

 

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Music Grade Success!

It is great when the postman arrives and delivers these.

Music Grades

So today we have a desk of joy for our students taking their drum lessons in High Wycombe with me and, there are also a few for students of the Online Music School who have been studying on their own and a some who have earned these awards through their school using our education site.

All of these music grades have been awarded by The University of West London London College of Music.

Congratulations to them all on their hard work and success!

New Year Resolution -Learn to play?

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Learning to play an instrument is one of the coolest things you’ll ever do. Whether you’re just starting out in school, decided you wanted to play in a band, or have decided to learn to play music now that the kids have grown, it’s a fun and rewarding thing to do.


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But there are challenges to learning a musical instrument which include:

1. Time – travelling to lessons, fitting in with your busy schedule and making time to practice in between lessons.

2. Money- lessons are typically around £35 an hour and so a weekly lesson may well cost £140 per month.

3. Flexibility – finding a good teacher can be a job in itself, but when you do, how flexible can they reasonably be with all your other commitments.

Many people can handle these issues and have great lessons and a fabulous experience with their teacher – we absolutely recommend it. However, learning online, when you find a great resource can be both a great substitute, replacement and addition to face to face lessons.

Gigajam’s Online Music School addresses many of these challenges.

6 steps to learning with Gigajam

1. You can login and learn anytime, anywhere and for a length of time that suits you. No travel time at all.

2. At £4.99 per month as the standard price, Gigajam provides enormous value for all budgets, giving learners access to the Essential Skills Courses for all four instruments: guitar, bass, keyboards and drums. There are other options as well including yearly subscriptions and Lifetime Memberships. www.gigajamonline.com/subscribe

3. Gigajam is the ultimate flexible way to learn an instrument. Online through a browser you can learn when you want, practice when you want and take music grades when you want. Gigajam is open 24/7, 365 days of the year through Desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile.

You can be assured of Gigajam’s quality, award winning service with music grades provided in partnership with the University of West London/London College of Music.

If you want a deal to help you get started with your new years resolution then feel free to accept our newyearsresolution voucher GJ3PPM reducing our standard monthly subscription to £3 per month and yearly subscription to £30. For those of you that want a single payment and never again then visit www.gigajamonline.com/lifetime to get a time limited Lifetime Membership for just £39.99!

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Rock and Pop Music Grades through Gigajam

Through our partnership with the London College of Music we are now in the full swing of things with students from far and wide being awarded grades for their progress with their Gigajam courses. Harry is from Princes Risborough School and is studying for his Music GCSE and is developing his performance element with Gigajam. He has received distinctions in his first series of grades, debut, grade1, grade 2 and grade 3 for drums.

Harry is now studying for his grade 4.

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All of the points acquired can contribute to his school performance. See the table below:

Gigajam Grade NQF Level QCF Credits Cost Ofqual Register
Debut Entry Level 4 £10 601/0304/8
Grade 1 Level 1 9 £11 601/0300/0
Grade 2 Level 1 12 £12 601/0302/4
Grade 3 Level 1 12 £13 601/0303/6
Grade 4 Level 2 15 £14 601/0359/0
Grade 5 Level 2 18 £15 601/0309/7

 

Gigajam’s awards are extremely flexible, affordable and easy to use. The students store all of their work in their protfolios and the system will tell them when they have completed the requirements for the grade. This includes a series of technical exercises, performance pieces and questions. The portfolio is simple to compete and integrated into our Online Music School and can receive MIDI files which are automatically marked and videos, using our seamless YouTube recorder which can be marked by the teacher. The teacher verifies pupils work and submitted for an award. There is no visiting a centre, booking exams or costly and time consuming travel; simply enter when complete. Because all of the work is done online the cost of exams have been reduced dramatically, as you can see from the table, making them genuinely affordable for all.

Learn more about grades with this short video:

For more information on qualifications awarded through The University of West London/London College of Music through Gigajam then you can visit our qualifications page.

Contact us now to join Gigajam e: brian.greene@gigajam.com Education site | Online Music School Music Education Hubs

 

 

 

School Music Performance Awards

The University of West London/London College of Music Exams, in partnership with Gigajam, have launched the innovative School Music Performance Awards for guitar, bass, keyboard and drums.

Response to National Plan for Music was presented by Brian Greene

Response to National Plan for Music was presented by Brian Greene director of Gigajam

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.

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.

Bob Chapman, Head of Music at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls showed Gigajam in action at his school and discussed the impact it has had on his department in terms of access to learning an instrument, progress and engagement.  Bob’s video is available, as well as the Case Study he presented.

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

Syllabus

Available for download (PDF)

Available for download (PDF)

Download Syllabus PDF

Examination Costs

Gigajam’s online delivery and assessment allows us to keep the costs of examinations to an affordable level, both for schools and parents.

Gigajam Grade NQF Level QCF Credits Cost Ofqual Register
Debut Entry Level 4 £10 601/0304/8
Grade 1 Level 1 9 £11 601/0300/0
Grade 2 Level 1 12 £12 601/0302/4
Grade 3 Level 1 12 £13 601/0303/6
Grade 4 Level 2 15 £14 601/0359/0
Grade 5 Level 2 18 £15 601/0309/7

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.

Contact us now to find out more about The University of West London/London College of Music and Gigajam. Call us on 01494 534880 or email any questions directly to Brian Greene.

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

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.

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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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