To help prevent the spread of the virus, please don't come in to your music lesson or group if your child or someone they live with has:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
- a loss or change to their sense of taste or smell
- been advised to self-isolate as part of the government’s test and trace program.
COVID-19 stay at home guidance
Contact your music centre asap if your child is unable to attend their lesson.
If your child becomes unwell at the centre, we'll contact you to collect them. Whilst waiting to be collected, appropriate adult supervision will be provided in line with social distancing guidelines. We will advise that the student is tested.
Book a coronavirus test
Please let us know if you or your child tests positive.
What is Musictutors.co.uk and why do I have to confirm lessons?
Musictutors.co.uk is our online platform provider. The system allows our teachers to schedule and deliver lessons in a fully secure online classroom designed specifically for music lessons. Full details for accessing this platform are available.
During the current lockdown, you need to ‘confirm’ the lessons our teachers schedule at least 2 hours before the lesson start time, otherwise the system cancels the booking. This is to support both teachers and parents/carers with their busy online schedules at this time.
If you miss an online lesson, or do not confirm a scheduled lesson as agreed with your child’s teacher which results in a cancelled booking, you will still be charged.
My child is now expected to attend online school lessons – can we move an instrumental lesson time or day?
HMS online lessons work in the same way as lessons in schools and we would encourage keeping the same schedule as previously agreed where possible.
In most cases, lessons can take place at the same time and day as previously arranged. Pupils should continue to leave online school lessons for their instrumental lessons as they would normally when attending school in person.
Schools guidance released on 7 Jan 2021 states ‘pupils should continue to have access to a quality arts education. Music, dance and drama build confidence and help children live happier, more enriched lives’. (p42, Restricting attendance during the national lockdown).
Can I simply ‘pause’ lessons until schools return face to face?
No – as per the terms and conditions, our blended learning offer means that in a majority of cases, your child’s lessons will continue online.
There are some circumstances however where online lessons may not be suitable or accessible. In these cases, please email email@example.com and we will look for potential solutions to enable musical progress to continue.
My child is still attending school as I am a key worker – how will they access instrumental lessons?
There are various options for ensuring vulnerable pupils and children of key workers can continue to access lessons whilst at school. Our teachers will liaise with you and your child’s school to find a solution that works for everyone.
If the teacher is able to, and the school agrees, guidance states that peripatetic teachers can continue to deliver face to face teaching to pupils who are at school.
Online lessons during the school day are also possible as schools can be given special access to Musictutors.co.uk to login on your child’s behalf.
My child doesn’t have an instrument at home – what should I do?
There are 2 main solutions to this issue that you may want to consider:
- There are several instrument retailers that offer a ‘loan to buy’ scheme at a low monthly fee and can deliver instruments to your home during lockdown. Instruments can often be returned after an initial loan period if this is required. Further details are available here.
- HMS has a small number of instruments – particularly for piano/keyboard pupils – that can be offered as a short term loan. For more information on this and to enquire about availability, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, whilst you are sourcing an instrument for your child, lessons on music theory, aural skills, composition and time spent discussing new repertoire are an invaluable use of learning time with an HMS teacher.
COVID advice for schools