UCan Play has been formed to help support you and your use of music, pro-audio and video technologies. It is underpinned by our belief that to improve at something (e.g music, video production, teaching, etc) you need to imagine things differently, play with new technologies, and then inspire others through your use of them.
Whether you are just starting out, or teaching others in a school, college, or other setting, we are here to support you with a range of ideas and resources.
Since 2009, UCan Play have managed the Roland Champion School network. This network of schools receive preferential pricing on Roland equipment and work collaboratively with ourselves to explore its use within the curriculum. Working as educational consultants for Roland, we have helped with product development, market research and curriculum development (writing units of work for schools and colleges).
UCan Play also manages the Roland Student Ambassador initiative. Student ambassadors are normally aged 16 or above and studying in further or higher education. They receive a preferential prices on any equipment.
UCan Play manages the process of ordering, supplying and invoicing products for Roland Champion Schools and Ambassadors.
UCan Play has worked collaboratively with NYMAZ for the last three years. NYMAZ’s Connect:Resound project explores the potential of live streaming technologies for the teaching of musical instruments to children in remote parts of the country.
Built around Roland’s innovative VR3-EX, we designed a system using CCTV cameras rather than traditional video cameras. We also trained music service and school based staff in its use. This has proved to be a robust and affordable approach. Throughout the whole duration of the project, and working with staff from the North Yorkshire Music Service and six local primary schools spread across the county, we have only had one technical issue to deal with.
More recently, this work has extended to work in numerous other parts of the country. In 2015 NYMAZ and UCan Play secured Arts Council funding to conduct similar work in Cornwall, Northumberland, the Isles of Scilly, Cumbria and the East Riding of Yorkshire.
UCan Play is the authorised retail partner for Musical Futures. Working collaboratively with this leading music education charity, we advise their teachers and schools about a range of musical instruments and other technologies that can be used to underpin a Musical Futures approach to teaching and learning. UCan Play and Musical Futures have produced a number of packages of instruments for specific programmes, such as Just Play, which schools can purchase at highly preferential rates.
Musical Futures ambassadors are also invited to field test new technologies from the range of brands that UCan Play is associated with. This process ensures that all the products we offer have been suitably tested in educational environments.
Working with staff from the Love Music Trust, in 2014 UCan Play wrote an entire primary music curriculum for the Early Years and Key Stages 1 and 2. This curriculum is accessible via a bespoke online environment. The curriculum was given free of charge to every primary school in Cheshire East and is available by subscription to other schools. Through the project, we managed a team of writers drawing on expert teachers we knew from outstanding primary schools. As with all our work, the project was delivered to budget and within the time scale set by the Love Music Trust.
UCan Play is also the proud sponsor of the Love Music Trust’s percussion ensemble. UCan Play’s Managing Director volunteers as the Chair of Trustees for the Love Music Trust.
We have supported this important music education charity with specific consultancy and advice in relation to bids for funding that they have received from schools across the UK. We have also procured and supplied full sets of musical instruments for schools that have received funding from this charity. As part of our follow up work with each school, we work collaboratively with the Heads of Music to ensure that maximum educational benefit is achieved through the Restore the Music grant.
Funded by Youth Music, UCan Play has worked as the technical partner for Jazz UK to help live stream is Dissolve JazzLab jazz workshops from Coventry and Bournemouth. Working with Coventry Performing Arts Service and SoundStorm in Bournemouth, we helped them utilise the Roland VR3-EX to ensure that high quality video and audio was accessed by staff and young people in remote locations. The participants showcased their new compositions at Belgrade Theatre in Coventry as part of JazzUK’s new community-inspired #4Jazz Festival.
I Like Music is the most complete Commercial Music catalogue in the world, containing every UK Top 40 single since the charts began in 1952 and many more tracks from all genres. All tracks are in streaming in broadcast quality (44.1 kHz, stereo, uncompressed, no encryption). Over 8,000 new releases and catalogue tracks are added each month to this amazing archive.
UCan Play and I Like Music have become partners to offer this comprehensive archive of music to our educational partners at a preferential price. Click here for further details.
UCanPlay are very happy to be supporting the work of CLIC Sargent. This kind of charity partnership is at the heart of what we do. UCan Play contributed to the charity’s successful Youth Music grant application. Activities have been planned for the next three years with 150 young musicians with cancer. Recently, we attended a planning meeting with twenty musicians and workshop leaders at their centre in Wiltshire and discussed the provision of a streaming service using either the Roland VR-3EX to cover the workshops, performance opportunities and festivals that are going to take place. This will enable the young musicians who can’t attend to engage along with parents and friends of those who can. We also brought along a user friendly entry level recording package/interface that we recommend, the PreSonus iTwo AudioBox. This is a competitively priced all-in-one solution for students with free StudioOne software, iPad integration, wireless transfer of recorded files, and tutorial videos.