The show must go on for Schools Music Service
Fri, 05 Jun 2020

The beat goes on for more than 1,000 music students across the East Riding, who are tuning in to regular online lessons.

Teachers from the East Riding Schools Music Service have turned to technology to allow them to continue to mentor young musicians.

The peripatetic music teachers usually all visit dozens of primary and secondary schools in all four corners of the county each week, working with students learning a range of instruments.

During the lockdown, Microsoft Teams has allowed the show to go on, with staff from the Music Hub delivering small group lessons and one-to-one tuition for more advanced students, thanks to some assistance from the council's IT department.

Emma Calvert, head of the schools music service, said: "Primary and secondary pupils have been able to take advantage of this amazing opportunity and keep learning and keep playing. Not even a global pandemic will stop these children from making music.

"The chat on the new virtual 'staff room' is that lessons are extremely well received by students and their parents.

"Many parents remain in the lessons and take notes, then ensure their children are practising in between their weekly lessons

"Instrumental teachers are observing that learning outcomes are exceeded and focus in the online lessons has been really excellent.

"Moving into the future the East Riding Music Hub can embrace new technologies and ways of working. There are so many positives that we can take from this situation and we look forward to seeing where these new experiences can take the music service.

"Of course, we are, like all school staff, looking forward to going back into schools. But until then we are doing our best to keep students playing and enjoying their music making."


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