nma is pleased to be offering a mix of in person and online lessons from our Ropergate base once more.
You can usually rotate from in person to online lessons whenever you need to, subject to giving us notice, and with the exception of class lessons you can normally keep the same time when doing so.
Lessons continue online for singing and woodwind instruments, and as an option for anyone else who prefers to study remotely, now or indeed at any time.
04.12.20 – Update
In accordance with current Government guidelines, we can once again offer in person lessons at Northern MusicAcademy. Students also have a choice of online lessons at all times, and there is good flexibility to switch between in person and online lessons at need, with a little advance notice.
26.11.20 – Darrell Priestley
As we leave the one month circuit breaker lockdown, like many other regions West Yorkshire emerges with continued high levels of Coronavirus restrictions. On our best reading of the available information, including that available from gov.uk, we conclude that we will be able to resume in person lessons at nma from Wednesday 2nd December. This will come as welcome news to the many students preparing for various accredited grade exams, or working towards GCSE or A levels requirements.
In line with government guidelines, formal lessons will resume from Wednesday 2nd December. However, all teachers will continue to operate online lessons alongside in person teaching, and anyone who prefers to take lessons remotely at this time can and should continue to do so. We imagine that an online lesson option will remain in place for anyone that wants it for the foreseeable future, and there is currently no plan to end this.
We know that many of you find in person lessons particularly well suited to your needs. At the same time, online lessons have proved highly effective, with a proportion of students finding their progress has surpassed previous levels. This may be down to improved practice habits during these strangest of times, as so many of us have learned to spend more time than usual at home. Where it works for you, you may well want to consider online lessons as a way of limiting your social contact with others.
What we can say is that the changes we have made here at nma mean that coming into contact with others is reduced to a bare minimum, so much so that you will see very few people in the building at the time you visit, and like you we are keen to reduce our social contact to the minimum, as is appropriate at this time.
The most important thing for progress is to keep practicing, and we look forward in due course to musical get-togethers of the kind we used to take for granted. In the meantime, we are all looking forward to a safe future, free of restrictions.
Well, the good news is that we are now over half way through the four week lockdown. The bad news is that, when day light hours are this short, a week of lockdown can feel a mite longer than in does in May. Heigh ho.
We are so looking forward to December, in the hope that we will get to see everyone again in the weeks before Christmas. For your delight, we have a mini-tree in place and edibles ready to go!
In the meantime, hope you enjoy all those indoor activities – a good book, a family movie, maybe a game or jigsaw puzzle, and of course making music.
All our best, from Darrell Eileen Pip and team.
10.11.20 – Darrell Priestley
Six days in to Lockdown II, and all systems are quietly humming. The transfer to online lessons has gone smoothly, and now we all simply need to keep doing what we’re doing.
Eileen and Darrell continue to work from our base at NMA, teaching remotely and also running our online retail business. Eileen will soon be doing a scaled back version of our Christmas decorations, with no real way of knowing if we will be seeing many of you before the Christmas holidays begin – but we certainly hope so, because although it’s only been a few days, we really miss you all coming through the door each week.
It’s fair to say that most of us are a lot more experienced with online lessons than we were back in April, so get set to make the most of the next few weeks until 2nd December and above all, remember it all goes a lot better when you practice regularly. 🙂