Autumn 2020 update – Tuition in Schools

Over the summer the Music Service team has been working hard to put measures in place that will see the gradual resumption of services and musical opportunities.  Staff have been working with schools and literally hundreds of risk assessments have been conducted to analyse every aspect of delivery in each location across the borough to ensure the safety of students and staff alike.

As a result of this process face-to-face tuition will be recommencing in the majority of schools from Monday 14th September.  There are a limited number of locations where specific challenges mean that tuition cannot be immediately re-introduced but the OMS team will continue to look for ways to overcome these issues.

Of course, localised outbreaks of COVID might mean that delivery is interrupted from time to time, but OMS will be working with schools and Oldham’s Public Health team to find solutions to minimise the disruption to lessons.

The Lyceum

A small team is now back and working at the Lyceum to deliver essential services to OMS users.  However, please note that the building is still not able to open fully to the public and visitors can only be admitted by appointment.

If you need to collect or return an instrument or need a repair, please call 0161 770 5660 or email to arrange an appointment.  All visitors will be required to complete a track and trace form.

The building itself has been adapted over the summer to conform to COVID prevention guidelines and plans have been drawn up to begin limited, small scale resumption of rehearsals there.  However, with the introduction of the ‘Rule of 6’ and the other measures that were recently announced, these plans have had to be paused for the time being.  Obviously, we desperately want to be able to bring musicians back into the Lyceum as soon as possible, but we cannot take any unnecesary risks as far as the health of our users, staff and families are concerned.  Thank you for your patience in the meantime.

Musical Beginnings

Our Musical Beginnings sessions are still online via YUMU for this half term. 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

Summer Newsletter

The Music Service is pleased to announce the re-introduction of the termly newsletter, ‘Music Notes’.  The newsletter is one of the ways in which we are able to share some of the fantastic achievements of our students and staff and we hope that you find lots to interest you within its virtual pages.  You can download the newsletter 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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