CSMC News September 2020
We hope you and your families are safe and well and are coming to terms with the 'new normal' in these challenging days of Coronavirus and COVID-19 restrictions. Indeed some of you may have recently embarked on a new and very different school term.
The CSMC Committee has met virtually to discuss the possibility of restarting face-to-face music lessons on Saturday mornings. This news item is an update on where we currently stand and our plans for the immediate future.
Since lockdown began in March this year, several of our students have continued with online music lessons, which on the whole have been a great success.
Hanna Marchand, our newest teacher, even managed to corral our wind instrument students to play her composition entitled 'Lockdown' with each student recording their own parts and Hanna editing them together. And here's the results.
Unfortunately, online lessons have not been possible for all students and teachers or for most of our various groups.
At present the organisation which manages the Chiswick School site, Schools Plus, are not ready with the arrangements necessary to enable us to use the school premises for Saturday morning music lessons.
In normal times our term would have run from Saturday 19th September to 17th October, then after half term from 7th November until our Christmas Concert on 5th December.
Until we are able to return to face-to-face lessons on Saturday mornings, we have decided to restart the term with online lessons from Saturday 19th September onwards at specific times pupils have arranged/will arrange with their teachers, until the site is open for us. Additionally, we have extended our Safeguarding Policy to cover online lessons, which you can read by clicking here.
Lessons will be ½ hour or 1 hour long with each ½ hour charged at £20. Students booking and paying for 10 lessons in advance will receive a £20 discount making a block of 10 lessons £180.
Please inform our treasurer Giles of payment made or please contact him with any payment queries at
We will of course write to all students and their parents when we are able to restart face-to-face lessons at the school. In the meantime, we would like to thank all our students, their parents, our teachers and volunteers for their continuing support.
If you would like to contact us or arrange to have online lessons with CSMC, please do so by emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org