This page shows the latest information on how lessons and exams have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. It also outlines what is being done to carry on with our music and make progress despite the restictions that are currently affecting us all. I will keep this page as up to date as possible so please check back for the latest information. The top priority, of course, is for everyone to stay safe!
Face to Face lessons
With the introduction of "Lockdown 2", face to face lessons are, for now, not possible. However, I am aware that some updates to the government's guidance are in the pipeline. These updates should clarify the situation and may also allow for face to face lessons to resume. Please check back here for the latest position.
I remain committed to online practical lessons, and are delivering these 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 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, 2020
The current ABRSM exam period runs from 9th November until the 19th December. Candidates and their parents should be familiar with the Guidance for candidates document. Please read this carefully and make sure that you know what to do when attending for your exam. Hopefully, despite "Lockdown 2", these exams will be able to take place.
The new remotely assessed performance-focused exams are now up and running and ABRSM has announced a further exam period in January 2021. Good luck to those that have recently taken an exam in this format. It has been a new experience for us all.
Last update 08-Nov-2020