The National Plan for Music recognises that Music Technology has been underused in supporting music making in the past. How can your Hub maximise the impact of music technology, ensuring delivery of the NPM Vision, Core and Extension Roles?
Deliver the Vision
When used alongside, and in addition, to traditional models of delivery Gigajam can help your Hub deliver the vision stated by the NPM.
“Our vision is to enable children from all backgrounds and every part of England to have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, to make music with others, to learn to sing, and to have the opportunity to progress to the next level of excellence”
Deliver Core Roles
Gigajam can also support the delivery of three of the Core Roles that will be demanded of your Hub:
a) Ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through whole class ensemble teaching programmes for ideally a year of weekly tuition on the same instrument.
b) Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage.
c) Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to people.
Deliver Extension Role
Your Hub can also use Gigajam to support the following Hub Extension Role:
Offer CPD to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum.
Meeting Ofsted's priorities
Gigajam is the eLearning provider that can help you meet Ofsted's priorities for music education in schools. Gigajam's music school meets all four of the seven priorities that are relevant to online instrumental tuition.
Gigajam's technology challenges inequalities among pupils and schools providing free lessons at the point of access.
Gigajam's breadth allows you to plan for pupil's progression through and across the curriculum, supporting music making from the top of KS2 through to public examination at the end of KS4.
Gigajam's BETT award winning lessons use technology to promote creativity, widen inclusion and make assessment more musical.
Gigajam is designed to support and sustain music-making opportunities beyond national advocacy, structures and strategies by providing pupils with real and transferable skills.
Maximise the impact of your hub with Gigajam
Gigajam’s unique use of interactive music technology will help hubs demonstrate how they plan to increase the scale and reach of their services through technology and provide access to all schools and all children at school and at home.
By partnering with Gigajam hubs can immediately increase their reach into secondary schools and offer every child in your area the chance to learn to play for free, significantly increasing the breadth of your services to schools. Gigajam also helps increase the demand for instrumental tuition from Music Services making us the perfect complement.
How will Gigajam boost your Music Hub?
Hubs will be able to show that they can achieve the following:
Increase 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 Music Service teachers
Give every child, irrespective of their needs or background, the chance to learn a musical instrument in class and online for free
Provision to all schools of an online resource that is affordable and sustainable which uses interactive technology to help hubs support teachers deliver more instrumental lessons than previously possible.
How does Gigajam work?
Gigajam provides high quality instrumental 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 provide feedback. Measuring attainment is quick and effective. Pupils can learn to perform individually, in groups and in bands from Day 1. Pupils can also develop and use their skills to engage more deeply in all aspects of the curriculum and in other music making activities.
Qualifications — School Music Awards
The University of West London/London College of Music have formed a unique partnership with Gigajam to bring an integrated curriculum, syllabus and assessment methodology that enables 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.
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
We have designed a flexible model that takes account of future funding and enables hubs to budget for funding reductions. For just 1.5% of your allocation we can offer Gigajam free to all schools and pupils in your Music Hub area.
See how little this is for your hub.
If you are unfamiliar with Gigajam then you can access the free lessons on GigajamVLE.com.
Interested in Maximising Your Hub?
If you are interested in Gigajam for your hub, we would be delighted to meet with you and your senior colleagues, so please feel free to contact us to see how Gigajam can help you maximise your Music Hub.