Students and parents have been enquiring when they can come back to NMA. The answer is, the first students should be back within weeks, but as those who know us well will appreciate, it will be done right.
Already, our piano studios are set out with distancing in mind, and NO PIANO SHARING in the lesson, teacher and students each have use of their own throughout the lesson, and student instruments will be cleaned between each lesson. Expect things to be a little different, including new lesson timings to totally avoid any kind of 'rush hour', smaller group sizes, a special family only group piano/keyboard lesson format, and for many of you the widest ever choice of lesson formats and price points. It's all very exciting, and we think you're going to like it!
We will be operating a phased return, by invite, focusing on a few students at a time, and build the numbers slowly to ensure everything works smoothly. We are especially keen to help students come back who have been unable to join lessons online. Alongside this incremental return schedule, we aim to continue to offer lessons online in some format.
As ever, you can keep up to date by visiting the News page - written with you in mind.
All teachers are qualified to degree level or beyond, expert and friendly, and just as adept at making beginners feel comfortable as preparing students for advanced qualifications. Why not join our extended musical family? We aim to be more than you expect, and everything you need.
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I go here every Saturday for great quality piano lessons. Each and everyone of the teachers are polite and extremely caring! Would recommend this!
05.08.2020 – Darrell Priestley – Principal, Northern Music Academy
Amid great concern, the debate rages over how safe it is for children to attend school. Actually, if you listen to the debate, especially among politicians giving interviews, you may begin to detect a whiff of something other than objectivity, as they jostle for position, making claims that rely more on oppinion than empirical fact.
Education right now is a key political battleground. Still, those of us working in education who believe in the benefits of learning may prefer to distance oursleves from the simply political, having more interest in getting the job done, however that may be achieved. I might say, if you care, you teach.
No one seriously doubts that lockdown has had an effect on childrens’ education, and in many cases may lead to an adverse effect on life outcomes. Be that as it may, it is for all of us to do whatever we can to mitigate this. Learning is not only something you do in school, nor is it simply dependent on school attendence. At it’s core, learning is about openness to ideas, which is merely a state of mind.
Learning stems from a state of interest, based on a desire which grows as our curiosity is spiked. We can all do a lot to foster that desire in those around us, children especially, to be actively learning, by using encouragement at every opportunity, and showing appreciation and approval when students make the effort to acquire further understanding and to think for themselves.
Especially now, in the internet age, most students have vast resources at their disposal to help them learn, and keep on learning for all of their lives. Even without the internet, libraries can do what libraries have always done: pique our interest and supply both answers and further questions that inspire investigation.
We can also increasingly see each other as a resource. No one knows everything, but each of us has knowledge to share. Even by discussing topics with children, we can train critical thinking, the ability to analyse a situation and derive interesting solutions, develop a rational approach to problem solving, and unearth deeper understanding.
Done right, education is always ongoing, and an every day experience. When our children return to school, their education may in some ways have skipped like a record. But on the other hand, they may have taken the time and the opportunity to develop deeper faculties and improved critical thinking, so that when they arrive at the classroom they do so equiped to learn differently, and crucially better, than before. This would be my hope. What do you think?