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.
The COVID-19 situation is, of course, constantly evolving and the restrictions imposed will continue to be adapted according. Therefore, please remember that the information given here is subject to change at short notice. However, I will always try to keep this page as up to date as possible so please check back for the latest information.
Face to Face lessons
The government's "roadmap on easing lockdown restrictions in England", allows for some face-to-face lessons to resume from the 8th March. These can take place either at the teacher's home or at the pupil's, and are subject to an appropriate risk assessment and adherance to the the usual mitigations and COVID-safe working practices.
Lessons are permitted for children who are using those lessons to work towards gaining a regulated qualification, to meet the entry requirements for an education institution, or to undertake exams and assessments. This includes examinations by ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall and LCM.
My own guidance and Risk Assessment documents will be made available prior to any face to face lessons taking place. Of course, if you are isolating, at risk, or feeling unwell, please do not come for your lesson.
I remain committed to online practical lessons where face to face lessons are not possible. These 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 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, 2021
ABRSM has announced plans to run practical graded exams again in 2021. These will, of course, continue to be subject to cancellation should restrictions be re-introduced. Please refer to ABRSM's Guidance for candidates document and make sure that you know what to do when attending a practical exam.
The new remotely assessed performance-focused exams are now up and running and further exam periods have now been announced for 2021.
Last update 26-Feb-2021