Music Service Newsletter – Spring 2021

The fourth edition of the Oldham Music Service and Music Centre newsletter, Music Notes, is now, along with previous editions, available to download here.

This time we are focusing on ways in which the Music Service and Music Centre are finding new and exciting ways for pupils and members to make music through the latest lockdown.  There’s also some exciting news about the resumption of OMC activities.

As well as all that we are also taking a look at the Music Service’s amazing Curriculum Team’s CPD offer for teachers and non-specialist musicians.

Spring Term 2021

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.

For now, please keep making music in your homes, stay safe and lok after each other.

New Resources for Music at Home

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.

About the Music Service

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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