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Latest news
With the ending of restictions, face to face lessons and exams once again became possible. As the pandemic is still with us, some aspects have changed in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. This page aims to outline the current position and will be amended as and when necessary. Please check back regularly for the latest updates.

Face to Face lessons
I am back to teaching in person, and welcome all pupils who are comfortable to attend. In order to comply with government and NHS guidelines, lessons are subject to a risk assessment and revised, COVID-secure, working practices. The following provides a summary of my current approach and I require all pupils/parents to familiarise themselves with these points, and to respect them for the safety of all:

  • Keep up to date with government and NHS guidance and take on board any changes as soon as they are announced.
  • If the pupil (or anyone who attends the lesson with the pupil) is unwell, has tested positive for COVID19, or has symptoms of COVID19, please DO NOT come for your lesson.
  • On arrival, please wait in your car and send me a message to let me know that you are there. Remain in your car until I advise that you can come in. This allows me to maintain a 15 minute gap between visitors so that unnecessary contact is minimised, and gives me time to wipe down surfaces (including 88 piano keys!).
  • To help me with my schedule, please try to be punctual and unless otherwise arranged, do not arrive too early (e.g. more than 5 minutes before your lesson appointment time).
  • Wearing of face coverings is required until the pupil (and accompanying parent/carer) is seated in the music room, and again when preparing to leave at the end of the lesson.
  • Anyone wishing to wear a face covering throughout their lesson is, of course, welcome to do so. I will also do so on request.
  • Hand sanitizer is available for use by all on entry to the music room.
  • Maintain distancing within the music room. I have two pianos set up for lessons, one for the student, and one for the me.
  • Try to remember all your books and also bring your own pencil!
  • Please note that I am currently only able to welcome one accompanying adult with pupils.

Online Lessons
I remain able to offer online lessons where face to face lessons are not possible, e.g. if the pupil or parent/carer is isolating. Online lessons are delivered using the Zoom platform.
Please see my Online Lessons page for full details, including information about safeguarding and how to go about setting up a Zoom lesson.

Theory Lessons
Theory lessons via email are taking place and will continue. I hope that this approach will allow pupils to take advantage of the real opportunity to 'catch up' or even 'get ahead' with their theory. Email works great for theory, but has it's limitations, and sometimes a quick verbal explanation can save a lot of time and worry. For that reason, and within appropriate safeguarding procedures, I am happy to support my theory students using other platforms and media.

Practical Graded Exams
Practical graded exams are taking place again. ABRSM has introduced COVID-secure working methods, which candidates will be required to follow. Please refer to ABRSM's Guidance for candidates document and make sure that you know what to do when attending a practical exam.

Performance exams
The new remotely assessed performance-focused exams are now up and running and further exam periods have now been announced for 2021.

Last update 20-Aug-2021

Coronavirus

Latest news
With the ending of restictions, face to face lessons and exams once again became possible. As the pandemic is still with us, some aspects have changed in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. This page aims to outline the current position and will be amended as and when necessary. Please check back regularly for the latest updates.

Face to Face lessons
I am back to teaching in person, and welcome all pupils who are comfortable to attend. In order to comply with government and NHS guidelines, lessons are subject to a risk assessment and revised, COVID-secure, working practices. The following provides a summary of my current approach and I require all pupils/parents to familiarise themselves with these points, and to respect them for the safety of all:

  • Keep up to date with government and NHS guidance and take on board any changes as soon as they are announced.
  • If the pupil (or anyone who attends the lesson with the pupil) is unwell, has tested positive for COVID19, or has symptoms of COVID19, please DO NOT come for your lesson.
  • On arrival, please wait in your car and send me a message to let me know that you are there. Remain in your car until I advise that you can come in. This allows me to maintain a 15 minute gap between visitors so that unnecessary contact is minimised, and gives me time to wipe down surfaces (including 88 piano keys!).
  • To help me with my schedule, please try to be punctual and unless otherwise arranged, do not arrive too early (e.g. more than 5 minutes before your lesson appointment time).
  • Wearing of face coverings is required until the pupil (and accompanying parent/carer) is seated in the music room, and again when preparing to leave at the end of the lesson.
  • Anyone wishing to wear a face covering throughout their lesson is, of course, welcome to do so. I will also do so on request.
  • Hand sanitizer is available for use by all on entry to the music room.
  • Maintain distancing within the music room. I have two pianos set up for lessons, one for the student, and one for the me.
  • Try to remember all your books and also bring your own pencil!
  • Please note that I am currently only able to welcome one accompanying adult with pupils.

Online Lessons
I remain able to offer online lessons where face to face lessons are not possible, e.g. if the pupil or parent/carer is isolating. Online lessons are delivered using the Zoom platform.
Please see my Online Lessons page for full details, including information about safeguarding and how to go about setting up a Zoom lesson.

Theory Lessons
Theory lessons via email are taking place and will continue. I hope that this approach will allow pupils to take advantage of the real opportunity to 'catch up' or even 'get ahead' with their theory. Email works great for theory, but has it's limitations, and sometimes a quick verbal explanation can save a lot of time and worry. For that reason, and within appropriate safeguarding procedures, I am happy to support my theory students using other platforms and media.

Practical Graded Exams
Practical graded exams are taking place again. ABRSM has introduced COVID-secure working methods, which candidates will be required to follow. Please refer to ABRSM's Guidance for candidates document and make sure that you know what to do when attending a practical exam.

Performance exams
The new remotely assessed performance-focused exams are now up and running and further exam periods have now been announced for 2021.

Last update 20-Aug-2021

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