Coronavirus (Covid 19)

Updated 01 December 2021

Please see below for updated information about plans for continuing your child’s music lessons and activities in response to the latest government guidance. 

The latest Department for Education guidance (29th November 2021) imposes no new restrictions on musical activity for children. This means that there are no restrictions on singing or playing blown instruments, either in schools or out-of-school settings. The guidance reimposes the wearing of face coverings for secondary children and adults (including visitors) in communal areas and updates provisions for supporting Track and Trace.

Instrumental/Vocal Lessons 
We are working closely with schools and face-to-face teaching has been resumed in the majority of schools. We are committed to the ongoing support of all learners and as such we will be providing online tuition until face-to-face lessons can resume in all settings. Your child’s teacher will be in touch with you directly to confirm arrangements for lessons.


We have created a range of resources to support learning online including a video guide to setting up lessons on Zoom and a webinar which gives an introduction to online lessons. These resources can be found here, in our Online Learning playlist.

Further information about online learning including our Safeguarding Policy and Online Lessons Agreement can also be found on our website.

Music Centre
Following a successful series of short courses in the summer term, face-to-face Music Centre activities resumed in September 2021. Activities are taking place regularly at our Music Centres in Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes and Wealden. Find out more about Music Centre activities and how to apply.


Virtual Music Centre
Our Virtual Music Centre continues to offer courses that enhance our out of school provision. Courses currently being offered online are Intermediate Theory, Grade V Theory, Jazz and Funk and Rock and Pop. Apply online for VMC.

New Learners
In addition to recommencing lessons for all our existing pupils, we are keen to welcome new learners. New pupils can apply online or find out more about lessons with us here.

Adult Learners ‘Get Started!’
Adults can also get involved through our ‘Get Started!’ programme, with options for individual instrumental lessons online, downloadable courses for ukulele, guitar and drum kit and online masterclasses in music production and song writing. 'Get Started!' today.

What other support is available?
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 wherever 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

Keeping in touch
Facebook: CreateMusic
Twitter: @Createmusicbhes
Instagram: Createmusicbhes
East Sussex Music:  or 01273 261540 


Please note that our offices are currently open, but many staff are still working from home. Therefore it is best to contact us by email where possible.


Coronavirus (COVID-19)
East Sussex Music (ESM) prioritises the health and safety of all staff and pupils. As such, we are closely monitoring the situation and guidance surrounding 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.