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Gigajam@BETT edtech show

Gigajam will be exhibiting and demonstrating at the education technology show BETT next week. Please join us at Excel Exhibition Centre on Stand F 96, Wed 25th – Sat 28th January 2017, 10am – 6pm.

Live demonstrations will be taking place all day, so if you are interested in how you can harness technology to provide more of your students with an opportunity to learn a musical instrument then do come along. We will be showing our online music school and international music grades which are awarded in partnership with University of West London.

Gigajam are proud to be part of UK Government’s Department for International Trade Great British Trail. International delegates on the Humanities tours can come and visit us on Thursday 27th 1.30pm – 3.30pm and on Friday 28th  10.30am -12.30pm.

For more information then please feel free to contact, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Brian Greene

M:+44(0) 7976 208859 E: brian.greene@gigajam.com W: http://education.gigajam.com

 On stand will be :Brian Greene, CEO& Founder | Cat Young, Marketing and Communications Consultant | Alan Greene Business Development Director

Gigajam@Bett Show 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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.

Harry Dyer - Distinction.jpg

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

 

 

 

Rock and Pop Grades from Gigajam

The School Music Performance Award, Rock and Pop exam grades debut, grade 1-5 are now live.

The qualification is awarded by University of West London/London College of Music Examinations and schools can now enter candidates automatically online when the student is ready to receive their award.

Students

When a student has completed the required elements of the award: technical exercises, graded pieces, and knowledge and understanding questions, these will be evidenced in the students portfolio. Teachers simply need to verify the integrity of the portfolio for the specific grade and this will then automatically confirm that the student can now be entered for their award.

Progress through qualification

Teachers 

Once the teacher has verified the portfolio, they will be able to enter the candidate via the Staff Room. All students eligible for entering for their award(s) are listed.

Enter Candidates - Staff Room

To ensure the school receives the credits for the award please add the learners unique learner number and your National Centre Number.

The award is confirmed by London College of Music Examinations and the certificate sent to the school (exam centre).

Examination Costs

The School Music Performance Awards table is below showing fees, points and Ofqual qualification details. The qualifications are inexpensive and offer a great opportunity for learners to be accredited for their hard work.

 

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

 

School Music Performance Awards:

guitar, bass, keyboards and drums

Students in schools can learn and receive awards by using Gigajam VLE http://gigajamvle.com.

Learners studying independently should use Gigajam Online http://gigajamonline.com and their work will be verified by Gigajam teachers. Some video evidence and proof of identity will be required when not enrolled with an educational establishment.

Further details of the School Music Performance Awards, together with a downloadable syllabus are available from here: http://schools.gigajam.com/Qualifications.aspx

If you require any help at all then please just contact us:

Brian Greene, Director e: brian.greene@gigajam.com t: 01494 534880

 

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.

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