CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FROM CAMBRIDGESHIRE MUSIC

Monday, 23 March 2020

Dear Friends,

As schools across the county close their doors, we wanted to let you know that we are working hard to help as many children as possible to carry on making music – through online opportunities.

As you will understand, Cambridgeshire Music will not be able to provide face to face tuition for the time being, and our ensembles and courses are also on hold until the situation returns to normal.

As most pupils will not be at school from today, we will be migrating as much provision as possible online. All the necessary policies, processes and pedagogy are already in place to provide a safe, secure and high quality online learning experience. And we hope that as many young people as possible across the county will join us for these online music-making opportunities.

We have been piloting this work for many months, through our Connect programme, to ensure that the delivery of lessons meets our expected standards. All our staff are being supported to manage the differences required from normal face to face tuition. Resources are in place to support ongoing learning about best practice for this type of delivery. And all our online activity is correctly covered for safeguarding, data protection and privacy requirements.

Once our online tuition programme is fully up and running, we will look to provide other music education opportunities, arts therapies, curriculum support and potentially online ensembles over the next few weeks.

We would like to keep you fully informed about these opportunities as they are developed. Therefore, if you would like to be added to the mailing list for our regular newsletter, please sign up by emailing details to us at cm@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or via our home page at www.cambridgeshiremusic.org.uk in the next few days.

As well as posting all future information on the news pages of our website, we will also be adding updates to our Facebook page here and Twitter here.

Inevitably as we are scaling up at speed, there may be some technical issues to sort out along the way as colleagues and families adjust to this way of working. We will do our very best to support everyone at this busy time and thank you all in advance for your patience as we do so.

Our friendly business support team are working from home and will continue to support all of you to the best of their ability. All enquiries should be directed to them by email at cm@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or by phone on 01480 373500.

We firmly believe that continuing to offer creative activities will benefit our children and young people – and help to keep them active and engaged – during the challenging days and weeks ahead. We look forward to going on this journey with you.

With very best wishes,


Matthew Gunn
Head of Cambridgeshire Music

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