Online tuition, amazing exam results, a new studio and the new academic year
I hope everyone's been making the most of the summer break and taking the opportunity to get out and about before the schools and colleges return to a more usual timetable in September.
I have moved into the new studio and feel great about the space but there is more work to complete, such as more painting and general tidying. I'm looking forward to seeing you down there as soon as is safe to do so.
After much effort and consideration I've decided to further postpone the return to face-to-face tuition until at least October half term. This will allow us to monitor how schools and colleges cope with the rigorous cleaning and social distancing measures, while bringing us closer to the winter weather which may have an undesired effect on the transmission of COVID-19. I have completed a full health and safety risk assessment which includes COVID-19 procedures and research into how the WHO suspect the virus is transmitted. This will be useful when reopening the studio at a later date. I understand this news may be disappointing to some of you but everyone's safety is my upmost priority and limiting the ways infection can spread is our social responsibility.
Please keep in mind that if I were to open for face-to-face tuition it would mean cutting down the number of students I could work with each week: I currently work with almost 40 students every week and there would need to be a lot of sanitising before/after each student, totalling over an hour each day. Besides teaching I have several other professional responsibilities I must manage.
I look forward to online lessons recommencing from the 1st September but I'm also excited for getting back to face-to-face tuition and making full use the new studio space when it is safe and viable to do so.
And last but not least...congratulations!
Congratulations to everyone who submitted a video exam or sat a face-to-face exam! I'm pleased to report a continuing 100% pass rate so far, with a large number of high-merits achieved (74%-89%) and quite a number of distinctions (90% upwards)! Well done to everyone who gave their best and worked really hard to achieve those top marks.
Please stay safe and enjoy continuing to play great music!