What COVID-19 safety measures are in place at the music place?
We have made plans for a phased re-opening of the Music Place from 1st September with the following measures in place to keep our staff and students safe.
To begin with we will start on-site lessons every other week. Half the teachers will take the first week and the other half the following week so we will only need to use half the teaching rooms. This means we can use the bigger rooms, make sure they all have windows and, also cut down on the amount of people in the building.
Therefore, every other week your lessons will continue online. You will be informed as to whether your lessons will be onsite on the odd or even weeks before September.
If you would like to carry on having your lessons online every week, please get in touch so we can take you off the on-site timetable.
The following safety procedures will be in place:
Large 6-foot high Perspex sneeze screens in each teaching room
Hand sanitisers in every teaching room as well as the waiting room and office
Just Three people/households in the waiting room at any one time
Sofas replaced with wipe clean benches
Floor stickers to mark out seating zones and safe distancing
One person on the stairs at a time with priority to people exiting the building
More outdoor seating
Students to be encouraged to arrive just before their lesson and leave immediately afterwards
Regular cleaning of door handles, handrails, seating etc
The next phase would be to bring everyone back into the building every week but with staggered start times, we anticipate this might be January, but it is hard to predict at this stage.
Can I learn online?
Yes absolutely! All of our teachers are able to teach online over Zoom, FaceTime, Skype or WhatsApp video. If you normally have your lessons face to face but are having to isolate, we can make sure you still have your lesson online, safely, from home.
Do I have to do exams?
No, exams are certainly not compulsary but you can take them if you want to. See the exam page for more details.
Can I just pay for the lessons I attend?
You are welcome to pay for your first lesson as a one off, then if you choose to sign up, you must pay for the full course of lessons, not just those you attend.
Is there somewhere to wait before my lesson?
Yes, we have comfy sofas in our waiting room.
Is there somewhere to park?
Yes, there is street parking at the front of The Music Place and a large car park behind, on Regents Road.
What happens if my teacher is away?
Your lesson will still take place – we will arrange for another teacher to cover the lesson. In rare cases, we may need to cancel your lesson, in which case, we will contact you in advance and reimburse you for the lesson cost.