Summer 2021

First of all, an enormous ‘thank you’ to you all for your continued support through the last 18 months. By going online, we kept things going as smoothly as possible during very difficult times.
The good news is that while we can’t say that things are back to normal, I plan to restart face-to-face lessons in September. There will be some restrictions in place to keep us all as safe as possible. These are listed below:
  • I will be asking that those of high school age and above do a lateral flow test on the day of their lesson. Primary school children will not need to unless they are showing symptoms. As far as I know, these measures are the same as those required for attending school with the exception of specifically doing a test on the day of the lesson, so I wouldn’t think to be too much of a burden.
  • For the time being, only the pupil will be allowed in. Sorry but no parents. This will change as soon as it is deemed advisable. Also, could I ask that you wait until the last pupil has left before coming to the door?
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at the beginning and end of each lesson to reduce the risk of transmission through the piano. Face masks may be worn for your own comfort but are not seen as essential. I will, as always, try to maintain a comfortable distance.

As we all know, online lessons were not seen as option before the pandemic began, yet I have to admit to be more than a little surprised at the success of them. Yes, I do prefer face-to-face lessons but I do understand that for their own reasons, some may prefer to stay with Skype, at least for now. This is fine, and as a result I am asking could you please let me know which option you would like for September?
This may mean some alterations to lesson times to facilitate this, so the sooner the better, please.

I have also been thinking about the use of Skype for face-to-face pupils when they are generally ill or isolating. Also, during severe weather when driving could be seen as dangerous. I can’t think of any reason why not to in the short term so will be offering that, too.

One final thing, fees will be going up from September.
The last time they were changed was in September 2015, 6 years ago. I was going to put them up last year but put it off as a way of saying thanks during the height of the pandemic.
So, from September, fees will be £16.00 for a weekly 30min lesson. Bills will be half termly as usual. 

And that’s about it. 

Just one more week to go. I finish on Friday 23rd July and we’re back week commencing September 6th. As I say goodbye to doing everything online and look forward to faces coming through the front door again, I wish you a very happy summer break whatever you do.

Enjoy it, stay well, stay safe and see you soon.