Teachers get ready to help young people keep making music during lockdown
School children and young people across Brighton & Hove and East Sussex are being offered online lessons during the Covid-19 lockdown to help them keep making music.
The education music service run by Brighton & Hove Music & Arts (BHMA) and East Sussex Music (ESM) normally teaches over 5,000 pupils each week with instrumental and vocal lessons in schools. Physical lessons had to be cancelled when schools closed in March and social distancing measures were implemented due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Virtual tutorials have now been set up for children to join live classes online. Over 2,000 children have signed up to take part in lessons with professional music teachers beginning from the summer term next week (20 April).
“Despite not being able to physically teach pupils, we want to continue to support young musicians with practising their skills while they are in isolation with their families at home,” said Peter Chivers, Head of Brighton & Hove Music & Arts. “Playing music has been proven to have a positive impact on mental health and now more than ever, children and young people are going to need extra help and encouragement to stay motivated. By providing an online music service we also hope parents and carers can have some respite from the everyday stress of family life during lockdown.”
The music service is encouraging more parents to register so teachers can resume tuition to full capacity and encourage young people to keep making music. Pupils who haven’t previously taken part in school lessons can still participate in singing tuition or play an instrument available to them at home including wind, string, keyboards and percussion.
BHMA and ESM are music services managed by Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival.
BHMA provides high quality and inclusive music and arts education and performance opportunities for all children and young people across the city including music lessons, ensembles, projects, workshops, orchestras, summer schools and dance classes.
The lead partner of the award winning SoundCity, the Music Education Hub for Brighton & Hove, BHMA work alongside partners including Audio Active, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, Glyndebourne, Rhythmix, University of Sussex, Royal Pavilion and Museums, representatives from Public Health and the Music Industry.
Meanwhile, ESM provides music lessons and activities for over 7000 children and young people in East Sussex. Services include:
Weekly instrumental lessons in local schools in every part of East Sussex
Bands, choirs and orchestras, including our local Area Music Centres in Wealden, Eastbourne, Hastings and Lewes
A range of creative and exciting music activities at weekends and during the holiday
Performances, events and training for schools, their staff and pupils
A team of over 80 teachers are outstanding musicians who go through a rigorous and competitive interview process to work at East Sussex Music. Teachers have outstanding credentials in music and education and will typically be either qualified teachers (PGCE., QTS), have university degrees in music and/or education and perform professionally.
The minimum requirement of teaching staff is performing at diploma level on their instrument and having a successful track record in teaching.
Lessons will commence online for 10 weeks from the school summer term and are suitable for ages 8 to 18. Previous musical experience isn’t necessary. Subsidised fees and bursaries are available for families on low income. “Whether we play the piano or sing in the shower, music has the power to nourish our souls quite unlike anything else,” said musician and founder of Knight Classical, Alexandra Knight. “In this time of global crisis, it therefore remains as constant and as vital a support as ever. As an alumna of BHMA, I was delighted to learn of this inspirational online teaching initiative and fully applaud all those who partake in it!”