Well, our summer 2020 term has started and due to the restrictions introduced to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, it will be unlike any other term in our 30 year history!
Music lessons are continuing online for many of our students and are proving to be 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.
We've also extended our Safeguarding Policy to cover online lessons, which you can read by clicking here.
If you'd like the opportunity to have online music lessons with CSMC, then please read the Committee's letter to students below and get in touch.
"We’re sure it will come as no surprise to hear that Chiswick Saturday Music Centre has closed its doors for the foreseeable future. We do of course plan to open again as soon as it’s safe and feasible to do so. However, as a charity run by volunteers, we rely on the continued support and goodwill of our teachers, students, their parents, guardians and all our volunteers to ensure that we remain financially viable and maintain a cohort of teachers and students to enable us to start-up again when circumstance allow us to do so.
We urge all our students to continue to practice and play throughout the lockdown. The CSMC Committee has agreed major changes to the way in which the Centre will operate so that we are able to continue to provide music lessons during the COVID-19 crisis. This new model has been tried and tested with most of CSMC students and has been very successful and well received so far. However we ask for your patience and support with any unforeseen teething problems that may arise.
This is how we envisage online lessons working:
Our preferred video conferencing tool is Zoom but we can try others provided both the teacher and student have access to them.
Lessons will generally be one-to-one (or up to three if they are from the same family) with the student’s existing teacher – we may trial bands (group lessons) later once we have refined our model for online working.
All lessons will be half an hour duration but students may have multiple lessons per week.
We encourage students to have their lessons on Saturday morning at CSMC traditional time however they can be scheduled at a time convenient to both the teacher and the student.
Lessons paid individually will cost £20 (for one-to-one) and £35 (for up to three students from the same family).
A course of 10 lessons, pre-paid in advance, at a cost of £180 for one-to-one (an overall discount of 10%) and £300 for up to three students from the same family (an overall discount of just over 14%).
CSMC will pass ALL lesson fees on to the teachers to support them at this difficult time. We will fund the lessons’ discount so that teachers receive the full £20 and £35 (for a family group of up to three) for each half hour lesson they teach.
CSMC hopes that you will embrace this approach and hopes that you will continue to support this non-profit charity through this difficult period.
To book online lessons (If you would like to participate in online lessons), please email us at email@example.com stating your name, contact number, student’s name, instrument, teacher, preferred time and duration.
We are planning to step up our social media communications to keep you all informed of future plans and developments so keep an eye out for updates on Facebook and Instagram.
We sincerely hope that we will be back again in the autumn and are already looking forward to a bumper Christmas Concert.
Until then, please keep safe, stay at home, protect yourselves and the NHS."