Tag Archives: National Music Plan

National Plan for Music and Hubs

Music Education Hubs

Reach EVERY child and help you boost your Music Hub

 

 

Very real challenges for schools and music services persist, especially the central aim to provide and support EVERY child with a meaningful musical education. Government funding still fails to recognise the scale and reach of the task demanded and even successful proven traditional models of delivery cannot alone bridge all the gaps.

We do not have a silver bullet, but we have a substantial and comprehensive offer for music education that has a proven record of success.

If yes is the answer to the following 3 questions, then we have at least 5 ways in which we can help you boost your Music Hub.

Do you and your colleagues:-

  • Want even more of your children and young people to have a chance to learn an instrument over a sustained period and play in an ensemble?
  • Recognise both a need and a place for greater use of technology that harnesses your existing successful programmes of delivery and complements them with new affordable and scalable mechanisms that can help reach even the hardest to reach schools and their pupils?
  • Want to continue to meet Ofsted’s ever more demanding priorities for improving music and access to sustainable, progressive, music learning?

Every child can have access to Gigajam

Gigajam is genuinely affordable and we can host the service for all your schools, colleges, educational establishments, and looked after children reaching the even hardest to reach.

If you want Gigajam for your hub we can agree a cost you can afford. For an indication of just how affordable see our hub pricing.

If you want Gigajam for your school see our school pricing.

Please contact us now. We would be delighted to have the opportunity to discuss your service’s needs and how Gigajam can help you. We look forward to hearing from you.

Brian Greene
Founder/Director

01494 534880 / 07976 208859
brian.greene@gigajam.com

 

 

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

 

 

Making Even More of Music

Technology helps you make more of skills based music making in the classroom 

It is widely recognised that learning to play an instrument has huge musical and educational benefits for students, although providing every child with the opportunity to do so remains one of the greatest challenges in music education.

As Ofsted reported in 2009:

“The provision for music was good or outstanding in around half the schools visited. However, the quality and range of the provision for music varied too much. While  many pupils were benefiting considerably, others were missing out.”

There is much that is more than good in music education in the UK, but Ofsted’s  findings included concerns around; assessment, progress and progression, quality, duration of Study, KS4 and under use of ICT. We have mapped Gigajam’s main benefits and features against those areas in a short online which can be viewed online.

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 affordable.  Gigajam is just £1 per pupil per annum, but see what other special deals are available.

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.

 

 

 

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.

NSG

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.

City of Stoke Learning Centre

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.

Lcm_logo

 

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.

bett2013-finalist-large

 

Maximise your Music Hub bid with Gigajam

Every child can have the chance to learn an instrument

The National Music Plan is expected to demand that more children reach higher standards of musicianship. There is likely to be an investment in instrumental learning, with an emphasis on performance and attainment.

Successful Music Hub bidders will need to show how more pupils can understand music and achieve a standard of playing equivalent to Grades 1-3. The choice of instrument will not be key, but the chance to learn to play and progress will be.

The ambition will be to increase access for pupils to learn at low cost initially, with greater investment in those with the potential to develop.

Watch the Digital Music Hub Presentation

By partnering with Gigajam you can immediately increase your reach into secondary schools and offer every child in your area the chance to learn to play for free. Our work to date over 1,000 schools shows that Gigajam increases the demand for instrumental tuition from Music Services – we’re complementary, not competitive.

How does it work?

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.

How will it boost my Music Hub bid?

You will be able to show that you can achieve the following:

  • Increase your reach into schools, in particular secondary schools, to support the delivery of music, technology and the creative curriculum at KS3 & 4
  • Bridge from Wider Opportunities into an offer for all pupils that is sustainable and can take learners to a standard equivalent to Grade 5
  • Increase the demand in numbers of pupils choosing to learn an instrument with one of your teachers through the Music Service
  • Give every child, irrespective of their needs or background, the chance to learn a musical instrument online for free

Watch Making More of Music with Gigajam Presentation

How much will it cost us?

We have designed a flexible model that takes account of future funding: for just 1.5% of your music fund grant allocation you can offer Gigajam free to all secondary schools in your Music Hub area. The Harnessing Technology grant could help too.

Don’t wait for the Plan to be published. Contact me now: brian.greene@gigajam.com  01494 534 880   07976 208 859