Happy New Year! As everyone will be aware, 2021 started with the news that none of us wanted to hear with the announcement of another national lockdown, the closure of schools and the new strain of Coronavirus. Obviously, all of the above have had a profound effect upon our plans to rebuild the work of the Music Service and Music Centre and will inevitably push things back a few steps.
For now then, teaching in schools is reverting to remote, online tuition. The option that Oldham Music Service is advocating this time around favours live video lessons delivered weekly to pupils in their homes or, in the case of children that are still in school, either face-to-face or over video to the school. In many cases, OMS teachers will be using school delivery systems in which case schools will already be in receipt of consent for this process to take place. In circumstances where this is not possible, OMS teachers will be delivering lessons over Zoom and, in order for these to commence, they will require that parents complete and return a consent form for the use of video technology to be used. If you have received a policy document and consent form for online learning from your child’s music teacher, please return this to them immediately to ensure that they do not miss out and fall behind the others in their group.
If for any reason it is not possible to deliver lessons over video, then resources will continue to be provided through the OMS Virtual Learning Environment – YUMU. Again, please contact your child’s teacher if you require further information about this.
With regard to Music Centre activities, we will be looking at ways to enhance the online offer and make it more engaging as this latest lockdown progresses and hope to have some new ideas to share with you in the coming weeks. The latest lockdown also means that we have reluctantly had to close the Lyeum Building once again and will not be able to re-open until Oldham reverts to Tier 3 or below.
For now, please keep making music in your homes, stay safe and lok after each other.
Our fantastic Curriculum Music Team have been hard at work to support the continuation of musical activities and learning whilst many children continue their education at home They have created a whole new set of resources for this latest lockdown and these high quality, free activities can be downloaded here.
The latest edition of the Oldham Music Servce and Music Centre newsletter, Music Notes, is now available to download here.
Features include pieces on the Music Theatre groups’ recent ‘Wicked’ workshop, student successes with the Junior Royal Northern College of Music and The National Youth Concert Band, our new NHS choir, the music for schools training that we’re offering for 2021 and much, much more.
We will also be saying goodbye to that Music Centre stalwart, Martin Ashurst, this Christmas and we pay tribute to his contribution in this edition.
Our Musical Beginnings sessions are still online via YUMU. The EYFS team will also be sharing songs and rhymes on here, Facebook and on Twitter. We will be in touch this week via email with details of how to access our online Musical Beginnings. If you’re already registered for MB and haven’t received an email, please contact Kay, Claire or Angela
The Oldham Council Music Service is committed to supporting and fulfilling the musical aspirations of all young people living in the borough (in and out of school), and engaging people of all ages in a variety of exciting musical activities.
The Music Service has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in the Federation of Music Services evaluation programme.
Oldham Music Service is proud to be a founder member of the GM Music Hub, which is an exciting and innovative music education partnership. We are committed to providing the highest quality music education and the best expertise which the region has to offer.
Music can transform children’s lives and we want to work with local families, schools and other organisations to make sure that all children get the chance to play music, achieve great things and inspire others.
Find out more about the work of the GM Music Hub.
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