First and foremost, this is a people business, Caring for our students and teachers is our first priority.
Important update - see below to learn how we are responding to the latest developments in the pandemic, and what we are doing for you, to keep you safe, educated, enlightened and happy.
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.