Coronavirus (Covid 19)
Updated 4 August 2020
From the Classroom to Online...
We are committed to supporting the thousands of children and young people that we teach across Brighton & Hove and East Sussex and have developed a comprehensive digital offer that has enabled young musicians to continue to develop their musical skills, sustain progress and crucially to support their well-being, during the summer term. So far over 3000 young musicians have continued to make music with us online.
Following the lockdown and government advice on social distancing, face-to-face music teaching and ensemble activities have been suspended until further notice. Tuition is continuing via Online Instrumental and Vocal Lessons and our Virtual Music Centre. Online activities are open for registrations from both existing and new pupils, to begin in the autumn term.
Online Instrumental/Vocal Tuition
Our team of over 120 expert teachers are available for online lessons. For more information please go to the Online Lessons page. You can register your interest, find out more or apply for lessons to begin in the autumn term.
Virtual Music Centre
During the summer term nearly 200 young musicians took part in Virtual Music Centre activities and our first performance 'Still Making Music....Virtually Live' took place on 18 July. Don't worry if you missed it - these amazing young musicians can be seen again here. You can also register to take part in the autumn term. To find out more about this exciting range of group music-making activities including opportunities for orchestral, rock and pop, jazz and funk musicians and singers, please visit the Virtual Music Centre page.
What other support is available?
We have published a newsletter for parents/carers that summarises the latest developments and new information about ongoing tuition. We will continue to issue regular newsletters and to provide information on our websites and via our social media channels, please see links below.
Keep making music!
At this challenging time we would encourage young musicians to keep making music at home if possible. Making music is a positive activity that can boost well-being. Please keep an eye on our social media channels where we will be posting hints and tips to help keep young musicians motivated and active. #KeepMakingMusic
More and more of our families are finding it hard to prioritise music lessons for their children at this time, and now more than ever, music will be the bedrock for our young people’s happiness and stability. With encore, we have launched a fundraising campaign to raise £5000 to help fund 500 lessons for families experiencing financial hardship. You can make a donation by clicking on the link below or please contact our office if you are experiencing difficulty in paying fees.
Keeping in touch
East Sussex Music: or 01273 261540
East Sussex Music (ESM) holds the health and safety of its staff and pupils attending our events, courses and classes with the highest importance. As such, we are closely monitoring the situation and guidance surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and any potential impact it may have on our practices.
Following guidance from Public Health England and Department for Education, we will continue to update this page with any other relevant communications accordingly. For current Government advice please visit:
We would encourage you to follow advice on Coronavirus from official sources only.