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Teaching Musical Instruments Online:  What does the research say?

Teaching Musical Instruments Online: What does the research say?

Written originally for NYMAZ as part of their Connect: Resound project, this research paper presents a selection of research evidence drawn from the literature about teaching musical instruments online. It explores some of the models built around theories associated...

UCan Play, Resonance and #makeitblue

UCan Play, Resonance and #makeitblue

The UK will turn into a beacon of blue at 20:00 on Thursday 26 March 2020 as major sporting and entertainment venues, national landmarks and historic buildings across the country will be illuminated as a salute to the NHS and the courageous efforts of our everyone...

An Update regarding covid-19 and ucan play

An Update regarding covid-19 and ucan play

We hope that this post finds you fit and well, staying isolated and safe. We live in strange times. This post is a quick update on UCan Play and its work in the current climate. As most of you know, UCan Play has three main elements at its core: Sales and consultancy...

Teaching online? An offer of free advice and support

Teaching online? An offer of free advice and support

Like many schools, colleges and universities across the UK, here at UCan Play we are all wondering what impact the Coronavirus is going to have on the education of our children over the coming months. There are many difficult decisions that will need to be made. We...

UCAN PLAY AT MUSIKMESSE

UCAN PLAY AT MUSIKMESSE

UCan Play will be live streaming Musikmesse 2020 in full watch this space! UPDATE: MUSIKMESSE IS POSTPONED. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO DELIVERING OUR PROGRAMME WHEN THE EVENT RUNS LATER THIS YEAR.

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.