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Spring Pricing 2016 for Gigajam


New pricing details are available now for Gigajam home users.

Before the increase in price to new users comes into effect we are extending our offer to existing registered users for a couple more days whilst the changes are implemented.

The new pricing will be live in a few days, so we are keeping our offer to existing registered users open for a couple of further days. The offer is a Lifetime Membership at just £39.99!

Spring Prices

The new pricing will offer subscriptions at £5.99 per month or £59 per year per instrument for: Guitar, Bass, Keyboard OR Drums

The new Lifetime Membership will be £79 single one off fee per instrument.

For unlimited access to all instruments the subscriptions are £9.99 per month and £99 per year, with a Lifetime Membership offer £249 for: Guitar, Bass, Keyboard AND Drums

Full offer details are here Gigajam Lifetime Offer:


Get Gigajam before spring price increase – £39.99 lifetime membership

We’re going to be changing our subscription and membership pricing for new customers this spring. The good news, to thank existing customers for their support, is that your prices are fixed forever if you maintain your ongoing subscription.

If you aren’t already a subscriber then good news for you too, in that we’re keeping our current £39.99 lifetime offer open until midnight Monday.

So until then for a £39.99 one off payment you can have access to all 144 lessons, tutor support, video uploads, MIDI uploads, the whole kit and kaboodle. For. Ever.Gigajam Lifetime

Simply visit http://gigajamonline.com/lifetime to catch this price while you can.


Exclusive Scottish Daily Mail offer for Gigajam Online Music School

Have you ever wanted to learn to play a musical instrument? What better way to kick- start the new year than acquiring a new skill. We are giving you the chance to do just that with this fantastic offer for Gigajam Online Music School exclusively through the Scottish Daily Mail this Friday (15th January 2016).

SDM Pre Promotion

You can learn to play the guitar, bass, keyboard and drums – it’s your choice – and as an added incentive we are giving you the chance to claim an amazing six month subscription free, saving you £29.94. Gigajam’s award-winning interactive lessons get you playing from the first lesson. Videos, play-along files and online assessment guide you from Debut Grade to Grade 5.

You can even take nationally recognised graded exams using the Gigajam lessons and examinations, as they are accredited by the University of West London/London College of Music Examinations. Step-by-step instructions ensure that you have everything you need to progress your learning at the fastest possible rate.

Narrated lessons present key knowledge through text, diagrams, videos and interactive play-along exercises. Every exercise has an accompanying video where a professional tutor performs the exercise for you to

Every lesson also has a TV show, where tutor and presenter go through the whole of the lesson in a studio format. There is a backing band track for every exercise. So you are not just sitting there playing by yourself, you are always putting into practice the things that you have just read about, listened to and seen. To claim your FREE SUBSCRIPTION simply BUY your copy of The Scottish Daily Mail on Friday 15th January 2016.


The following simple terms and conditions apply:

Terms and Conditions:

  • By registering your name and email address, Gigajam will provide the reader (user) with unlimited access to www.gigajamonline.com free of charge, for six months from January 15th, 2016, until close of business June 15th, 2016.
  • No payment details are required.
  • On expiry, users can choose whether they wish to subscribe for a further period of their own choosing.
  • Gigajam will not share user details with third parties.
  • Users can elect whether they wish to receive promotional messages
    from Gigajam.
  • Gigajam Online Music School is a web-based service that requires a modern browser and a connection to the internet.
  • Gigajam’s free MIDI software is available to download for compatible Windows and OSX computers.

Melior Community Academy – Gigajam in action

Gigajam at Melior Community Academy

Melior is a fully inclusive Academy with a creative ethos. Based in Scunthorpe North Lincolnshire, Melior’s Music department has achieved the highest results in the school, with the previous year 11’s achieving 100% A-C’s. Gigajam has been used at the Academy as part of the music departments curriculum offer and extended activities since September 2011.

As part of our continued series focusing on how our education clients use Gigajam, Daniel Ray, Deputy Learning Leader of Creative Arts, tells us about his experience.

What problems were you trying to solve?

Although Melior’s Music department was already a strength in the school, with almost 50% of pupils accessing Pupil Premium funding, the school needed a way to deliver one-to-one style instrument tuition, without the price tag.

How did you implement Gigajam? 

Initially we implemented Gigajam into a small class of year 8’s, moving slowly to all classes in all years 7, 8 and 9 over each half term as staff became more confident in delivery. This then allowed us to fully measure the impact of Gigajam and make a decision on which year group it was most effective. We now have Gigajam firmly set in our year 9 curriculum as a preparation year to KS4 courses.

What specifically attracted you to Gigajam as a solution?

Progress in Music is always difficult to monitor in KS3- Gigajams main attraction was the constant feedback element, which was then logged on an online portfolio.

How easy was it to deploy Gigajam in your department?

Like most new initiatives, it can be daunting at first and is always easier to do what you always have done. However, after delivering the first few lessons it soon became evident that his wasn’t going to difficult to implement, and within the first term our 3 staff in the department were using it.

How have you been able to measure impact?

Pupils now opting for Music at KS4 now have a deeper understanding of scores, how parts work together as an ensemble, as well as having a basic repertoire that we have used to submit as coursework.

How have pupils responded to the use of Gigajam?

Overall our pupils have responded very well to Gigajam. This is especially so with boys who love the competitive element of getting constant score feedback. Many pupils even try to beat my scores!

What impact has Gigajam had on your approach to teaching?

Although we still deliver other units within our curriculum, whenever we teach Gigajam it always reminds our department that we as teachers should be working less than the pupils! Gigajam definitely puts the ownership of learning onto the pupil, with the teacher taking a facilitator role.

How do you see Gigajam being used to develop your department?

At the moment, Gigajam works very well within our year 9 preparation year for KS4 courses. However, it is always at hand should any pupils need a specific intervention within KS4- it is a great tool for differentiation.

Have there been any unexpected results from using Gigajam?

Having that one pupil that has been tough to engage fully engrossed in independent learning, and asking if they can come back to work after school- this unexpected result happens each year with at least one pupil!

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


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.

Arc School pupils become recording artists!

Arc School (formerly known as The Old School), became Gigajam clients at the begining of the 2011 academic year. They are an independent DCFS approved specialist resource offering day schooling for boys and girls aged 7 to 16 who have complex presentations of socially disadvantaging behaviours and often associated learning difficulties. They wanted Gigajam to support their delivery of an active musical curriculum.

Gigajam were delighted to hear from their teacher of  music, Patrick Jackson, that pupils learning with Gigajam have had a chance to record music together. Patrick  wrote, “Just a brief update; thanks to skills acquired through Gigajam, I have recently taken my first band to a recording studio where we have recorded our version of ‘Livin On A Prayer’ – so many thanks.”

Brian Greene, Gigajam director said, “Pupils do well at school because of  great teaching and learning, facilitated by great teachers. If we can help support that in any way then it is hugely gratifying. Our job is to work with our client schools to ensure our products and services evolve and continue to deliver the best outcomes, with ever increasing ease of use and access. It is wonderful to get such great feedback and I am grateful to Patrick, his pupils and the Arc School for choosing to work with us.”

Gigajam endeavour to maintain close links with its clients. Here are a selection of testimonials from client schools and music professionals who are intimately involved with Gigajam. http://schools.gigajam.com/testimonials.aspx

For more general information on Gigajam please feel free to contact us:

Brian Greene

T: 01494 534880

M: 07976 208859

E: brian.greene@gigajam.com


Gigajam at Buckinghamshire CC ICT Conference

Gigajam has been invited to run two workshops at the Bucks ICT Conference on the 28th June 2012 at Green Park, Aston Clinton.

Gigajam Online Music School is available freely to all schools in Buckinghamshire via the Bucks Grid for Learning. All teachers and students can login at www.bucksgfl.org.uk  or go straight to http://gigajamprem.bucksgfl.org.uk  from school and at home and learn to play guitar, bass, keyboard and drums.

The first part of the workshop will cover how the Online Music School works and how schools and students can access and interact with the lessons, software and resources. Videos of Gigajam in action will be presented to demonstrate the wide and varied use being made in schools across the UK.

The second part will be a hands on demonstration of the latest version of Gigajam VLE, which includes an e-Portfolio that automatically scores and stores students’ performances, as well as provide house points and the automatic production of lesson completion certificates. Teachers are also able to view and comment on students’ progress.

If you want a quick overview then visit our page on 6 simple steps to learning an instrument.   http://schools.gigajam.com/6steps.aspx

For more information on Gigajam in Bucks then please contact Brian Greene

T:01494 534880

M:07976 208859