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Gigajam to expand into Hong Kong education market from 2011

Breaking News –

Following the completion of successful discussions, which  started at the British Education Teaching with Technology show in London in January 2010, Gigajam has appointed ETC Edutech to represent the sale of Gigajam products in Hong Kong.

Brian Greene MD of Gigajam said, “It is an exciting development for us with Gigajam now being available through trusted partners in Australia, Netherlands, Finland and now Hong Kong. These are small steps for us as we remain focused and committed to completing a successful mission in the UK before attempting to execute a genuine global expansion. That being said, we are delighted that these opportunities are coming our way and they will provide solid stepping stones for us as we expand our reach.”

More to follow.

Gigajam will appear in the 2011 Catalogue for ETC Eductech and will be represented by the company locally. 

For more information please contact:

Brian Greene brian.greene@gigajam.com

Tel 0800 055 6797

Mob 07976 208859

Gigajam add Steinberg Sequel 2 in new online music technology studio

Gigajam have added ‘The studio’ to its Online Music School. The Studio is designed to support the use of music technology in school as part of Gigajam’s vision of the Music Classroom for the Future.

 The elearning partnership with Gigajam and Yamaha was launched at BETT in January 2010 and is the perfect partnership of;  Gigajam’s digital curriculum for the guitar, bass, keyboard and drums and Yamaha’s great range of portable and affordable MIDI instruments.

eLearning partnership

The concept of creating new musicians with the digital curriculum and interactive musical instruments, means that students, in the classroom can Learn to Play. They can then Perform in a Band by applying their skills to playing live .  The next step is to then take the developing musical competence to compose & record which is where Steinberg’s unqiue suite of desktop recording applications come in.

Music Classroom for the Future

Music Classroom for the Future Presentation

The studio environment we have created comprises of a downloadable version of Steinberg’s Sequel 2 which can be downloaded and installed and used freely for up to 45 days.

In addition to the free trial download, Steinberg have provided 8 music technology tutorials to help you understand how to get the most from recording and composing with Sequel. The list of tutorials available are as follows: 

Introduction: Install Steinberg Sequel 2 Trial

Download and install Sequel 2. There are details instuctions to ensure simple installation.  

Lesson 1 : Sequel 2 Tutorial

This 10 minute video tutorial introduces you to Sequel 2 and will provide you with the building blocks to start recording and composing.  

Lesson 2 : Controller Learning Functions

In this lesson there are four videos designed to support you making the most of your harware controller.  

Lesson 3 : Virtual Keyboards

These two video tutorials outline how to use your computer keyboard and mouse as virtual controller keyboards.  

Lesson 4 : Tapping out a Tempo

This video tutorial shows you how to work out the tempo of an given piece of audio.  

Lesson 5 : Using Track Icons

Here we outline how to use track icons to make your project easier to navigate.  

Lesson 6 : Freezing a Track to Save CPU

Learn about freezing a tracks effects to free up CPU power.  

Lesson 7 : Using The Media Bay

Discover the new Media Bay and how to use it effectively.  

Lesson 8 : Reverse Clip Effect

Learn how to apply an effect to an audio clip, in this example we use the Reverse Clip effect.

We are looking to develop the studio offer with Steinberg and expand the depth and range of Music Technology tutorials on offer.

Steinberg are planning the release for an innovative new unlimited site licence for schools which will make using high quality desktop recording available at school and at home in an affordable plan. Details to follow soon.

For further information on the Gigajam Sequel Studio then please visit  http://gigajamvle.com/content/studio.aspx 


Brian Greene|Gigajam|Managing Director| email brian.greene@gigajam.com

Andrew Shravemade|Steinberg |Education and Product Training UK| email a.schravemade@steinberg.de

All Bolton Schools can access Gigajam via Bolton’s Learning Platform

Service Update

Bolton Council Hub

Gigajam VLE is now accessible to all Bolton Schools using Bolton’s learning platform.

Teachers and pupils simply need to login to Bolton’s learning platform and,  from the Learning Links,  follow the Gigajam logo.

Gigajam is using single sign on technology and have developed access with partners Uniservity who are authenticating users. The first time a user logs in they  will need to create the simplest of account forms on Gigajam VLE; thereafter users will be simply logged straight in from the Learning Link.

Teachers can gain access to Gigajam’s assessment for learning engine functionality, which provides a staff room where teachers can create classes of students, monitor pupils work and leave feedback. Access to the recently launched Arts Award Programme of Study is included.

 Teachers just need to log in and create an account and then send an email to brian.greene@gigajam.com .  We will then convert your account to a teacher account.

For more information and technical support please contact Brian Greene at Gigajam brian.greene@gigajam.com .

For Bolton teachers wishing to discuss their involvement with the project then please contact  Wendy Austin, Bolton Learning Platform Team  wendy.austin@bolton.gov.uk.

Bolton Council Hub http://clc2.uniservity.com/Grouphomepage.asp?GroupId=264652

City of Stoke Music and Performing Arts Service – Gigajam update

Gigajam Sessions

The Music Technology Suite was officially opened on Friday 12th June 2009 by the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent. 


Since the opening the following workshops have taken place:

  • 6 x 2 ½ hour Family Learning Workshops – Strum it, Bash it and ICT it! Funding from Make Some Noise
  • Taster sessions for 8 groups
  • Workshops for 3 school groups
  • 26 x 2 ½ hour Family Learning Workshops – Strum it, Bash it and ICT it!

Funding from Adult and Community Learning

  • 2 x Full Day Family Learning Workshops – Strum it, Bash it and ICT it!

Funding from Adult and Community Learning

  • 12 x 2 hour Adult Learning Workshops

      Funding from Adult and Community Learning

  • 20 x 2hr Taster Sessions for youth and community groups

                  Funding from Grassroots Grants

  • 8 x 2hr Taster Workshops for adults

      Funding from European Social Fund

  • 3 x 2hr Evening workshops for Young People
  • Taster session for Primary Music Co-ordinators in Stoke-on-Trent


This has resulted in over 700 participants, of which over 500 were young people and over 200 were adults.

A selection of comments

Which aspects of the workshop were most useful?

  • The fact that my talent in music came to light!
  • Every aspect of the workshop was useful
  • The immediate interactions with the teachers and use of equipment and working at my own pace
  • Everything was brilliant


What achievement(s) are you most proud of?

  • Playing the keyboard and reading music again after many, many years of not doing so
  • Getting better at playing the guitar
  • Being able to jam together with others at the end of the session
  • The session has brought me closer to my daughter as well as achieving some of my aspirations! Further, I’m more musically aware and slightly less musically aware and slightly less musically challenged!!


Did you gain any benefit from attending the workshop that you had not expected?

  • Yes, enjoying music with my family
  • Yes, I did not anticipate to learn how to play using a PC and software
  • Yes, it has renewed my passion for music.

Interactive Technologies support whole class instrumental learning

Would you be interested in further workshops?

  • Definitely
  • Absolutely


For more information on City of Stoke Music Technology Centre and learning a musical instrument in Stoke then please contact:

Ruth Steele | Senior Curriculum Teacher

City Music and Performing Arts Service | Children and Young People’s Services

The Bridge Centre, Birches Head Road, Stoke-on-Trent  ST2 8DD

t 01782 234423  e ruth.steele@stoke.gov.uk

To discuss creating a Music Classroom of the Future then please contact:

Brian Greene

0800 055 6797



Gigajam launch Arts Award Programme

Gigajam have today launched their Programme of Study for Bronze Arts Award.

Pupils will now be able to receive a Level One qualification for learning to play a musical instrument with Gigajam.

Employers, universities and colleges know that Arts Award is a qualification that shows your level of commitment and progress in the arts, and in developing new skills. Doing a Bronze Award with Gigajam means learning to play an instrument, going to a music event, and finding music heroes or heroines, researching their stories, and discovering how they got to where they are today. Students will also share skills by helping to run a workshop or by giving a demonstration to others. Students build a portfolio of ideas and activities on Gigajam’s Online Music School, http://GigajamVLE.com.

The Bronze Award will usually take students about 40 hours to complete.

There is a quick video providing an overview of the Arts Award programme of Study here:


Brian Greene, MD of Gigajam said, “It is an exciting development for us and our client schools, as their pupils can now receive a nationally recognised qualification for learning to play an instrument with Gigajam. There are plenty of pupils out there studying with Gigajam who can demonstrate their hard work and commitment and I am delighted that they will be able to work with their teachers/advisors to be properly recognised.

I am sure that most parents and pupils would expect that a music curriculum would include the chance to learn a musical instrument and with Gigajam it is possible to bring instrumental tuition into the classroom, as well as for extended school activities. Learning an instrument takes a good deal of time and I would like to see the hard work of the pupils and the determination of the teachers rewarded. 

In addition to providing pupils with tangible and transferable skills, receiving accreditation for pupils work in KS3 maybe a very helpful additional tool for music departments to leverage more support from senior leaders. I am sure it will drive innovation within the curriculum and support new ways of engaging and, incentivising pupils.” 

There is lots of information on the Arts Award website (http://artsaward.org.uk)

For more information on implementing Arts Awards in your school please contact

Brian Greene


0800 055 6797

Henley Review – Exploring and understanding musical instrument tuition through eLearning

In responding to the Henley Review on Music education, we sought to present the case for technology, as part of a solution, for a music education system that delivers excellence, in the practice of opportunity and, in higher levels of attainment. 

We, as a private sector contributor to music in the state sector, are encouraged by our partners, which include: Yamaha, Steinberg, ilearn2play and Pure Solo, to state that the opportunities presented by digital learning need to be better understood. We hope that the review will acknowledge that our curriculum for music could do more to deliver the aspiration, that every child should have the chance to learn a musical instrument, if we integrate technology in support of our skilled music workforces.  

In the same way that we explored how Gigajam provides some of the solutions to the problems, in music education, identified by Ofsted’s Making More of Music report, we have looked carefully at how Gigajam contributes to harnessing technology in education.

Below, we have taken BECTAs priority targets, for the use of technology in teaching and learning, and responded by stating how Gigajam can contribute to the achievement of those targets.

Harnessing Technology Priority Targets Gigajam Contribution


Put young people in the driving seat Pupils control their learning when using Gigajam. Gigajam VLE allows pupils to move through their lessons at their own pace and provides a blend of lessons and activities that the students can chose to suit their learning style.1. Each lesson provides a student with the choice of how to study. They can:

  • Follow the full multi-media lesson, using the narrated text, interactive diagrams, videos and play along interactive software.
  • Follow a television show of the lesson presented by the course writer and guided by a presenter
  • Print out the lesson instructions from a PDF
  • Interact with the lesson using the videos only version, encouraging imitation and modelling.    

eg; View the four different lessons for the first lesson of the drum course http://gigajamvle.com/content/drums.aspx

2. Students can perform together as a band at the end of each lesson allowing them the opportunity to demonstrate their progress and develop their individual instrumental skills into enssemble skills.

eg; Watch Gigajam  in action here at Bradley Stoke Community School. At the end of this, there second lesson, they come together and apply the skills they have learned to play, as a band, in a Live Performance Workshop.


3. Students can access the materials via a browser and continue practising out of lesson time. 

eg; Gigajam Online Music School – http://gigajamvle.com

Personalised learning space/ e-portfolios Each lesson contains small learning chunks, each of which has an exercise for the student to practise. Students use our simple interactive software (Xtractor) to support them practise and record their performances.eg Have a look at the learning chunk here in lesson one of the drum course:http://gigajamvle.com/content/lessons/edsLesson001/2.htmlStudents can listen back to their performances in Xtractor, as well as receive a graphical readout of how they performed comparing to how they should have performed.eg; How Gigajam workshttp://schools.gigajam.com/videochannel.aspx?id=8When happy with an attempt, they can upload their performance, directly from the software and store in an online portfolio. The protfolio utomatically scores their performance (%) and shows achieved both in terms of quantity and quality.

Students can also link video, audio and documents to each exercise to show further learning.

Learning to be fun, challenging and more productive Gigajam is a fun, hands on and engaging way to learn to play an instrument.The perception that you cannot learn a musical instrument ‘properly’  with the use of technology is a view that traditionalists alone, may hold. Sudents will acquire the ability to play, read music and knowledge of theory. They will have the essential building blocks of musical literacy that will allow them to , not only, engage more deeply with the curriculum, but be able to transfer their skills to performing live, recording and composing music.Gigajam is highly efficient, cost effective and scalable and enables whole classes of students to learn different instruments at the same time. Music education has yet to see the elephant in the room, when it comes to the scale of instrumental tuition for all, and we hope will soon begin to recognise that technology provides part of the solution that will enable all children to have the chance to learn a musical instrument.eg; Teachers can organise classes and have a variety of views to support continual, formative and summative assessment.http://schools.gigajam.com/videochannel.aspx?id=9
Use of technology in personalised learning – more flexible study Gigajam can be used at anytime, and broadly, anywhere there is a browser connected to the internet. It can be used:1. In class within the curriculum2. To support instrumental tuition with visiting instrumentalist specialists3. As part of  extended days/after school clubs/community learning/family learning, etc4. At home.
Flexible-learning resources Gigajam can be accessed in a number of ways to suit the learner, as detailed above and is also personalised so that students can see where they are in their studies.The assessment for learning engine enables teachers to communicate with students and provide commentary on students progress.
Ability to collaborate Gigajam is about developing real and transferable skills that will enable students to play in bands – a collaborative activity by definition.eg; Here are some students playing live in class during a lesson using skills they have learned and which have been applied by the teacher to learning and performing a songhttp://schools.gigajam.com/CaseStudySouthManchester.aspx

eLearning priorities

The quantity and range of resources available to teachers and learners Gigajam is a great example of a high quality eLearning resources and interactive technologies.
The quality and degree of innovation of those resources Gigajam won a BETT award  (British Education Teaching with Technology) – for innovation in ‘Content and Tools
The embedding of eLearning and ICT across the curriculum Gigajam embeds eLearning and ICT into the Music curriculum


to deliver quality and cost effective services to all …and… extend the variety of places where people learn Gigajam can be deployed across a VLE. Students can access the materials wherever they have access to a computer. The software can also be purchased by individuals for personal use.Education Service for Schools http://gigajamvle.comHome users site on monthly subscription http://www.gigajamonline.com

Enabling students to move on

Help students to move on in their careers Gigajam has an accredited programme of study that will provide Level One NQF Bronze Arts Award.These can be used as evidence of achievement for progression into FE/further study.Completion of the Gigajam courses meet the entry requirements for the 1 Year Foundation course at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance [www.icmp.uk.com] .

Support for practitioners

Good quality ICT training and support package for practitioners – a new understanding of the pedagogies appropriate for a 21st century education system. Gigajam provides training days which address the learning and teaching, and technology issues associated with delivering Gigajam in a school. Many of these are fundamental to delivering personalised learning via elearning materials.


For more information on Gigajam and teaching with technology, then please feel free to contact us at:

Brian Greene


0800 055 6797

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:


0800 0556797

 07976 208859

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:


Tel 0800 055 6797

Mob 07976 208859