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Online Lessons

Online Learning for Existing Students

In order for our teachers to continue delivering lessons and to maintain student progress, we have set up online tuition via Zoom. We want to ensure students maintain contact with their teachers not only so that they can keep practising but also because we understand the huge benefits of music as an expressive tool during turbulent times.

On this page you will find regular updates on our online learning journey as well as the policies and guidelines we have put in place at this time.

  • Although I was dubious about the idea of online lessons at first, my son was really positive about his first online lesson with you and felt he gained a lot from it. It is obviously not quite the same as seeing you face to face, but it was an excellent substitute.” (Parent A)
  • I felt I gained a lot from my lesson on Tuesday, we covered a lot and I think I can get used to this and make it work.” (Student B)
  • Fantastic virtual lesson technology - with very few adjustments, as good as the real thing! Make sure that you use the biggest screen possible (i.e. tablet rather than phone) and be aware that you may need another stand for your tablet so the tutor can properly see the student’s instrument. May even consider Zoom when the world is back to normal for those weeks where diaries are difficult. Two thumbs up!” (Student C)
  • "My son really enjoyed the virtual lesson provided by Sam on Tuesday evening. The App was extremely easy to use and my son commented that it worked really well and was just like his normal lesson. We are very keen if possible to continue receiving the music lesson like this for as long as needed. I feel it’s so important to try to keep as much normality for the children in this difficult time. We are really grateful to maestros for continuing to find ways to allow the children to enjoy music.” (Parent D)

Online Learning Guidelines for Parents/Carers and Students July 2020

Acceptable Use Policy Online Learning for Parents/Carers and Students March 2020

Online Learning Guidelines for Staff March 2020

Acceptable Use Policy Online Learning for Staff March 2020

To opt in to Online Learning please complete our Google Form here.

Got a question about Online Learning? Have a look at our FAQs here.


Basic instructions for using Zoom

Before you follow these steps, please ensure that you have the app downloaded to your device. App Store (on iPhone/iPad), Play Store (for Android) or download from the Zoom website for Laptop/PC users.

iPhone users
1. Touch the link
2. Touch ‘join with video’
3. Touch ‘call using internet audio’
4. Bottom left of the video screen, you have options to start/stop* video and mute/unmute* your microphone (red line through the microphone icon means you are muted)
* tap anywhere on the screen to open the menu if you can’t see any options

Android users
1. Click on the link
2. Chose to open with Zoom (if prompted)
3. Bottom left, press ‘join audio’ and chose ‘call via device audio’
* tap anywhere on the screen to open the menu if you can’t see any options
4. Bottom left of the video screen, you have options to start/stop video and mute/unmute your microphone (red line through the microphone icon means you are muted)

iPad users
1. Touch the link
2. Touch ‘open’ when it prompts to open Zoom
3. Touch ‘join with video’
4. Touch ‘call using internet audio’
5. Top right of the video screen, you have options to start/stop* video and mute/unmute* your microphone (red line through the microphone icon means you are muted)
* tap anywhere on the screen to open the menu if you can’t see any options

Laptop/PC users
1. Click on the link
2. Click ‘allow’ when it prompts to open Zoom
3. Click ‘join with computer audio’
4. Bottom left of the video screen, you have options to start/stop video and mute/unmute your microphone (red line through the microphone icon means you are muted)
* move your mouse and the menu will appear

To really get the most out of Zoom, explore the other options along the bottom toolbar. You can ‘raise your hand’ and ‘chat’ using text rather than voice. Please do not record to ensure good practice of online safety and remember to mute your microphone!

 

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