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Dr Savage debates with Nick Gibb on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row

Dr Jonathan Savage, Managing Director of UCan Play and Reader in Education at Manchester Metropolitan University, was invited to discuss the Government's plans for a new model music curriculum with the Rt Hon Nick Gibb, Minister of State at the Department for...

A Model Music Curriculum?

In this post, Dr Jonathan Savage, Managing Director of UCan Play, reflects on the Government's recent announcement that they will be publishing a model music curriculum in the summer of 2019.  One of the highlights of growing up as a young lad in the 1970s were summer...

Roland introduce the GO:PIANO88

Roland have introduced another piano to their GO series which has proven very popular with teachers and students alike. The GO:PIANO88 as it's name suggests expands on the ranges potential with a full range of 88 keys, allowing more demanding and expressive music to...

Happy Christmas to you all!

Happy Christmas to you all from UCan Play! Thanks for your work supporting music education during 2018. We have really enjoyed working with you all and look forward to an exciting 2019 too! Yes, there are obvious challenges facing music education in our country today....

Steinberg Cubase 10 released

Steinberg Cubase 10 14th November 2018 sees Steinbergs first major release of their music creation package, Cubase, in almost two years. Cubase 10 is an industry standard production tool for composition, recording, sequencing, audio editing, mixing and beat making....

Roland UK   UCan Play manages 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. 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 has also designed four bespoke packages of Roland equipment for use in schools and colleges. Click here to find out more about our piano/keyboard laboratory, looping, live streaming and DJ packages. If you want to purchase any Roland equipment, do get in touch for a preferential educational price!

Nymaz UCan Play has worked collaboratively with NYMAZ for the last five 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 audio and video mixers/streamers, we’ve designed innovative systems for live streaming music lessons and live events. We also trained music service and school based staff in its use. The project has reached students in Cornwall, Northumberland, the Isles of Scilly, Cumbria, the East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Norfolk and beyond!

musical_futures_logo_150UCan 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.

UCan Play’s Managing Director, Dr Jonathan Savage, volunteers as the Chair of Trustees for the Love Music Trust. Working with a group of trustees, and a superb leadership team led by John Barber, music education in Cheshire has prospered in recent years with many exciting new initiatives. The establishment of a brand new specialist A level music course at Sandbach School in partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music is the latest innovation that UCan Play has supported. 

restorethemusiclogo   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 UK grant.

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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.

CLICsargentlogoUCanPlay 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.