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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.


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


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.


Entry Level
Grade 1
Level 1
Grade 2
Level 1
Grade 3
Level 1
Grade 4
Level 2
Grade 5
Level 2


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


Gigajam CPD Training for Music Teachers – Teaching with technology

Training for Music Teachers – Teaching with technology

Gigajam’s new music training programme is now being delivered up and down the UK to Music Services, Music Education Hubs, Secondary Schools and Primary Schools.

Here is a short video of a recent training day, with primary teachers, none of which are music specialists.

If you are interested in a training day with Gigajam to help you develop the delivery of instrumental tuition through the use of technology, then please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Onsite Teacher Training

Gigajam training can be provided onsite by one of our specialists. Gigajam CPD Training for Music Teachers – Teaching with technology covers:

  • Hardware and software setup
  • How to use GigajamVLE
  • Exploring teaching and facilitating with Gigajam
Full learning outcomes below*



Half day: Maximum 10 delegates: £250
Full day: Maximum 10 delegates: £395


For more details please contact Brian Greene on:

e: brian.greene@gigajam.com
t: 01494 534880
m: 07976 208859
Skype: briangigajam


*Learning Outcomes

1/ Develop an understanding and familiarity of Gigajam’s approach to instrumental tuition through elearning:

•Creating more instrumental lessons.
•How Gigajam is currently being used:

•Whole class — School
•Small group — School
•Individuals — School
•Individuals — Home

2/ Build an understanding of how Gigajam’s lessons and software is designed and works:
•How students use Gigajam.
•How teachers use Gigajam.

3/ Consider and reflect upon a variety of teaching with technology pedagogies.

4/ Be able to use GigajamVLE as a teacher to support students use and track their progress. Specifically:

•Register and login teachers and students to GigajamVLE.
•Select and follow instrumental lessons, using narrated text, ‘how to’ videos, and TV Shows.
•Use the Gigajam Online Audio Player to practice and play along with exercises.
•Use Gigajam Xtractor software to practice, play along and record exercises.
•Use Gigajam Analyser to receive feedback on record performances.
•Upload and store performances in e-Portfolio, place and receive comments, and link to video/audio performances.
•Receive house points and certificates of completion
•Use the teachers’ staff room to monitor and moderate students’ work.
•Be able to provide Gigajam with list of students so that classes can be created automatically.
•Be able to connect MIDI instruments to computers by installing Gigajam software suite and MIDI instrument drivers.

For more details please contact Brian Greene on:

e: brian.greene@gigajam.com

t: 01494 534880

m: 07976 208859

Skype: briangigajam

New Amsterdam schools join Gigajam through BOA – Breedbandnetwerk Onderwijs Amsterdamse

The newest recruit to Gigajam’s Online Music School in Amsterdam is Posiedon, which is a small Primary school.

Gigajam is a available to schools in Amsterdam via BOA Breedbandnetwerk  Onderwijs Amsterdamse. There are more details on the project and details of the developments in our case study section:


Gigajam go Stateside with Sessions Music

Gigajam’s Music Industry partner scheme continues to grow with over 75 Gigajam Partners signed up, the latest of which is Sessions Music in the USA.

Sessions Music,  is a brand new music school and has big plans for expanding across the USA, from it’s base in Houston. Sessions have chosen Gigajam as their online curriculum to support in class and at home practice for their students and we wish them well.

Gigajam’s Partner programme began in September 2010 and now has a wide mix of partners including: Music Stores, Music Teachers and Music Schools. Partners are predominantly from the UK, but latest recruits come from Australia, India and USA.

Gigajam’s Brian Greene said, “International expansion is a serious part of our business plan for the next five years and we see the partner scheme as an excellent way of expanding knowledge of our brand, products and services to musicians around the world. Our Partner scheme is manageable, scalable and hugely attractive to our partners who have a no cost out of the box solution generates a brand new revenue stream.”

For more information on Gigajam’s B2B Partner scheme you can visit the microsite here: http://musicschools.gigajam.net and/or contact Brian directly:

Brian Greene e: brian.greene@gigajam.com m:  +44(0)7976 208859

Their online music school can be found here http://bit.ly/fluLmB