Students Access Content Rich App To Enhance Music Curriculum

The Issue

Pop4Schools is designed to enable children and young people to integrate curriculum subjects while learning about what takes place in the commercial music industry. In a simplified model packed full of resources they can begin learning how to write, record and perform their own songs, whilst also discovering what it takes to get a song commercially released and to then go on to be successful. Having developed significantly and now incorporating resources from the Royal Albert Hall and the film, television and video industry, Pop4Schools provides a unique and creative teaching tool that uses the power of contemporary music to bring aspiration, inspiration and fun to learning life lessons, raising standards from 5–15 years of age.

When Pop4Schools launched the concept, they quickly realised that providing materials in terms of lessons, recordings and films had to be online and in a format that was appealing to young people.

The Solution

Memset worked closely with the design and development agency "Design to Communicate" to deploy a hosted server that was secure, scalable and keenly priced initially while the service was growing and being rolled out. Pop4Schools also embarked on a new project of providing the service as an app, 'StarComposer', that is accessible via tablets and mobile devices which further grew their hosting estate and the versatility and appeal of the concept.

The pilot of the programme ran over two terms in 2009/10 and the results were uniformly positive. Pop4Schools then formally launched at the London BETT's Education Show in January 2011.

The Benefits

Since launching Pop4Schools at BETT in 2011 they have managed to reach over 100 UK schools and can rely on their hosting to deliver a secure, dependable service. Pop4Schools have worked with several music hubs, partnered with Artis for creating inspiring workshops, welcomed YolanDa Brown as their creative Ambassador and ensured that their resources are in line with the National Plan for Music Education and the new National Curriculum 2014 being implemented in September.

The Client Says

Ruth Katz, founder of Pop4Schools, said "We contacted Memset on a recommendation and found them to be friendly, informative and interested in what we wanted to achieve from a business perspective rather than just wanting to sell us a hosted server. Having our site so rich in content meant that we had to ensure it was hosted by a reliable company who could help us grow and maintain an excellent service. Memset were recommended to me and we've been working with them from the beginning. They're always on hand, helpful and respond to our requirements. They're more than a hosting service to us. They truly understand what we're working towards achieving and I'm so glad that we found them.

Nathan Johnston, Sales Manager of Memset, said "Pop4Schools is a great example of an innovative online based learning service around music that we were genuinely excited to be involved in. We now host quite a few education based applications and, in a way, I think children these days are very lucky to have the use of the Internet as a content delivery framework which can be accessed from anywhere at anytime."

Last updated 21 April 2016, 08:06 GMT