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Over 100 students benefit from online music lessons

19 May 2020  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

More than one hundred students at Richmond School are getting music lessons – even during lockdown – as the school’s Instrumental and Vocal Programme has moved online.

Online work started immediately after our school was closed with students uploading recordings of themselves performing for teacher feedback. Following the Easter break, students could sign up for a live weekly 25-minute lesson via Google Meets. This allows the students to have face-to-face contact with their teacher, as well as receiving instant feedback on their musical development. It is effectively just like a lesson in school but on the computer!

Learning to play an instrument and being able to read music are skills that not only support an interest music and performance. They are also beneficial to help students gain confidence and improve their communication skills and focus in other areas of school life.

Lead Teacher for Music, Stephen Boyd said: “I am delighted with the enthusiasm that students, teachers and parents have taken to the new learning format. It is critically important that students have the opportunity to continue their studies with their teacher out of the school setting. Some students have even used the lockdown as an opportunity to take up a new instrument!”

“We are really seeing the power of music in our society at the moment and I am thrilled we have been able to reach the vast majority of our students.”

Students are accessing lessons via the Richmond Schools online platform Google. Feedback from parents has been very supportive and has applauded the smooth transition. Students in the Concert Band are also still practising together remotely with music being sent to students online, recordings made and put together for a virtual Band performance – watch this space!

If you would like any information about starting to learn to play an instrument/vocal lessons, please contact Stephen Boyd for further details.

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