044 : Award-winning interactive guitar, bass, keyboard & drum lessons with Gigajam

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I interview Brian Greene from Gigajam about how he created his online music school.

Music Hubs, Colleges & Schools

Quality whole class instrumental lessons

Give every student in your class and school the opportunity to play guitar, bass, keyboard & drums. Teachers lead the class and support learning, students work with their instruments and computers; individually, in groups, or at home.

Your students can learn with Gigajam anytime, anywhere by logging on to our online music school. You can be assured of Gigajam’s quality as our award winning lessons and software now support internationally recognised music grades awarded by The University of West London/London College of Music.

Using Gigajam will support the core aims of the National Plan for Music Education as well as meet key Ofsted priorities for music education. Try our guitar lessons, bass lessons, keyboard lessons and drum lessons in your school.

Online Music School

Learn to play Guitar, Bass, Keyboard & Drums

You will love our award-winning interactive guitar lessons, bass lessons, keyboard lessons & drum lessons. they have been designed to get you playing right from the first lesson! Suitable for learners of all ages, you can learn anywhere, anytime, with our online music school.

Videos, play-along files and online assessment guide you from Debut grade to Grade 5, awarded by The University of West London/London College of Music.

Our guitar lessons were developed with guitarist David Young, Bass Lessons are from Terry Gregory and the Drum Lessons were created by Brian Greene. The Keyboard Lessons were also developed by Terry, focusing on an approach which supports Keyboard players and those learning Keyboards as a second instrument.


Musical Futures

Full details of our ‘Music and the Arts’ Season for schools at EducationOnFire.com

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043: Ollie Tunmer – Beat Goes On

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Ollie is the founder and Director of Beat Goes On. He is a former cast member of the hit show STOMP and its sister show, ‘The Lost & Found Orchestra’. He regularly delivers workshops, CPD and INSET for Teach First, School Direct, United Learning and Music Education Hubs throughout the UK.

He is also a qualified secondary music teacher and combines these experiences to deliver what he hopes are fun, engaging and memorable workshops.

He works with a number of international schools in the COBIS, BSME and FOBISIA networks, and delivers keynote speeches, most recently at the Latin American Heads Conference in São Paulo.

As Director of Beat Goes On, Ollie has developed a range of percussive workshops, which draw on participants’ own ideas, as well as developing skills and knowledge. Ollie also promotes the use of music as a means of encouraging well-being, for both individuals and teaching communities.

Beat Goes On

Musical Futures

Ten Pieces

The Global Sensation





Find out more at www.EducationOnFire.com

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042: How music was embedded at Hartwell Primary School with Jayne Clancy

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Jayne Clancy was Headteacher of Hartwell Primary School for 13 years. I spoke to her at the end of the summer term 2017 in her final weeks before retiring. I wanted to interview Jayne because living locally I know what a fabulously musical school Hartwell is. I didn’t realise at the time Jayne was retiring, so this is a really fitting look back at how  music in the school has played such a big part in creating a rich environment for the pupils.

I wanted to share how it is possible for you to put music at the heart of your school to aid the whole curriculum, not diminish it.

We discuss how the support of the staff and vision of the governors is so important in sustaining music which sounds like a fantastic platform from which the new Head Mrs Jamie Pardon can take the mantle.

Hartwell Primary is also one of the cluster schools that will be involved with my new music project with Andy Williams from EWS. You can listen to my interview with Andy about this here on episode 41.

Find out more about Hartwell Primary School at http://www.hartwellschool.com

http://www.nmpat.co.uk – First Access Music Provision

Follow my music project with The Elizabeth Woodville School



041: Our primary music project with Andy Williams – Head of Music at Elizabeth Woodville School

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Andy Williams is Head of Music at the Elizabeth Woodville School in Northamptonshire. Together we are creating a primary music project for local cluster schools to help improve transition at age 11 and parity in music. By supporting all the local schools to embrace music making, we hope to encourage a culture that the children involved will take into their secondary school years to enhance their lives.

We are going to offer:

  • The creation of a massed ensemble of instrumentalists from all the cluster schools
  • CPD for music co-ordinators and staff
  • In person visits to assess, support and extend what can be offered in each school
  • Opportunities to bring outside arts organisations to visit the cluster schools
  • Help with transition from primary to secondary
  • Specialist workshops in singing, rhythm and ensembles from EYFS to KS2
  • Share concerts and events with secondary pupils

With many years of music and teaching experience we will be visiting the schools, offering practical hands on advice and answering any questions that arise.

Follow the progress of the primary music project by visiting the Education on Fire blog. The resources we create for this project will also be available for you to download, keep listening throughout the season as I offer exclusive opportunities for me to come and deliver a workshop in your school.

Keep up to date at www.EducationOnFire.com

Elizabeth Woodville School

Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trustour Music Hub

First Access Funding

Music Manifesto

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040: Season 4 launch show – Music and the Arts in schools

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As a professional percussionist, instrumental teacher, educator and National Association for Primary Education council member I am very excited to share my expertise with you in season 4 ‘Music and the Arts in schools’.

We will explore the amazing opportunities available to you, as I interview some of the most prestigious arts organisations to find out what they can offer your school and how you can access them.

I will also document and share my journey of creating a new project with a local secondary school to support music provision within the cluster primary schools in my area. My hope is to share how you can embed music and the arts across your school to support all children in all areas of the curriculum.

Listen as we offer resources throughout the season.

Find out more about Mark in his interview with Bruce Langford on episode 32.


I will be at 2 events during the next few weeks if you would like to come and say hi!

Music and Drama Education Expo in Manchester on 4th October

EduTech Show 2017 in London Olympia on 6th/7th October supported by



National Association for Primary Education


For more information about the podcast and Education on Fire visit EducationOnFire.com




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