Coronavirus

 

Updated 21 March 2020

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:   


https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public


We would encourage you to follow advice on Coronavirus from official sources only.

Online Instrumental/Vocal Music Tuition
Tuition will be continuing next term through a range of online support. In these unprecedented times we are finding new ways to sustain provision. We are committed to supporting the thousands of children and young people that we teach across Brighton & Hove and East Sussex and are working hard to develop a comprehensive digital offer that will enable young musicians to continue to develop their musical skills, sustain progress and crucially to support their well-being. 


Our teachers are keen to continue supporting their pupils and will be closely involved in the development and delivery of music activities in the coming weeks. We are hoping to launch our online provision very soon (ideally in time for the start of the new term) and would welcome your thoughts and feedback on what support we could offer for you and your children at this time.

Small-group and Individual Instrumental/Vocal Lessons in Schools
Department for Education have now issued advice that face-to-face music teaching cannot continue in schools or other settings until further notice. This week we have been working with teachers to develop and test online learning and we will be launching a new online offer soon.


Music Centre Activities 
Following the latest advice from the Government regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), all East Sussex Music Centre activities and concerts have had to stop. This includes all twilight weekday rehearsals for ensembles, Saturday morning Music Centre and concerts planned for this period.

What support can I access now?
With the sudden stop to tuition many teachers are aware that their pupils may have been left without clear guidance for what do during an extended gap between lessons. We are asking all teachers to get in touch by email with some advice for their pupils over the coming days and to help bridge the short gap before provision can continue through a variety of online support. Please also keep an eye on our social media channels where we will be posting hints and tips to help keep young musicians motivated and active.


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 and as such we are exploring alternative ways in which we may be able to support young musicians and help all our students to continue to experience the benefits of making music during this temporary break in provision.


Keeping in touch
As I am sure you can appreciate, this is a fast-moving situation and we continue to closely monitor advice from Government, Public Health England and the Department for Education. We will also issue information on our websites and via ESM social media channels, please see links below.


Website: eastsussexmusic.org
Facebook: eastsussexmusic
Twitter: eastsussexmusic
Instagram: bhmusicandarts


East Sussex Music: esm@brightondome.org  or 01273 261540