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Further Comment on the Model Music Curriculum in Arts Professional

Further Comment on the Model Music Curriculum in Arts Professional

UCan Play's Managing Director, Dr Jonathan Savage, has written a comment piece on th Government's recently announced Model Music Curriculum for Arts Professional. You can find the article here.  Those of you that have followed our blog for a while will know that Dr...

Building the Resources at the Phoenix Academy

Building the Resources at the Phoenix Academy

During the Easter holidays we were delighted to spend a day at the Phoenix Academy in West London. Last year, the school received £20k of funding from Restore the Music UK. Due to the lockdown, the setting up of the instruments had been delayed. The school purchased a...

Our planning trip to abbey road studios

Our planning trip to abbey road studios

Yesterday, Josh took a trip to the famous Abbey Road Studios in north-west London to undertake the planning for live-streaming Norfolk Music Hub's Virtual Big Sing 2021. The project is a fantastic collaboaration between Norfolk Music Hub, NYMAZ and various technical...

Some Initial Thoughts on the Model Music Curriculum

Some Initial Thoughts on the Model Music Curriculum

Following on from his interview with Nick Gibb on BBC Radio 4's Front Row, and over two year's later, our Managing Director, Dr Jonathan Savage, gives his intial thoughts on the Government's recently published Model Music Curriculum.  Over two years after it was first...

Connect:Resound Festival, May 17 – 21, 2021

Connect:Resound Festival, May 17 – 21, 2021

Connect:Resound Festival UCan Play are delighted to be supporting NYMAZ's Connect: Resound Festival, an exploration and celebration of musical learing online. Over the course of a week in May, the learning festival will include live and on demand content across four...

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.