Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you're enjoying the Christmas holidays and enjoying playing some great music while you've got lots more free time.
Good news: Musical Mr Fox has again - for the third year in a row - been ranked in the Top Three Music Schools in Rotherham!
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Well done, everyone! 10 students sat 10 exams and 10 exams were passed: 1 Pass; 3 at Merit and 6 at Distinction including Grade 5 theory (ABRSM)! Congratulations everyone and keep up the hard work! Online video lessons are still going strong.
Photo by Jason Leung
Over the summer holiday ROAR kindly gave up their office so that I may move my tuition closer to the gallery space, away from the drama theatre and into a larger room: thank you so much for this!
Once we had moved everything over from the old studio space (it's amazing how much stuff collects after three years in the same studio space), my wife and I set to organising and arranging furniture. We considered how the space would be used in a post-COVID environment and beyond. The new space affords plenty of room for social distancing measures to be in place.
Please have a look at the studio as it is so far - there's plenty more to do and a lot has changed since these photos were taken.
I look forward to being able to get in there and start face-to-face teaching again when it is safe to do so!
I hope everyone's been making the most of the summer break and taking the opportunity to get out and about before the schools and colleges return to a more usual timetable in September.
I have moved into the new studio and feel great about the space but there is more work to complete, such as more painting and general tidying. I'm looking forward to seeing you down there as soon as is safe to do so.
After much effort and consideration I've decided to further postpone the return to face-to-face tuition until at least October half term. This will allow us to monitor how schools and colleges cope with the rigorous cleaning and social distancing measures, while bringing us closer to the winter weather which may have an undesired effect on the transmission of COVID-19. I have completed a full health and safety risk assessment which includes COVID-19 procedures and research into how the WHO suspect the virus is transmitted. This will be useful when reopening the studio at a later date. I understand this news may be disappointing to some of you but everyone's safety is my upmost priority and limiting the ways infection can spread is our social responsibility.
Please keep in mind that if I were to open for face-to-face tuition it would mean cutting down the number of students I could work with each week: I currently work with almost 40 students every week and there would need to be a lot of sanitising before/after each student, totalling over an hour each day. Besides teaching I have several other professional responsibilities I must manage.
I look forward to online lessons recommencing from the 1st September but I'm also excited for getting back to face-to-face tuition and making full use the new studio space when it is safe and viable to do so.
And last but not least...congratulations!
Congratulations to everyone who submitted a video exam or sat a face-to-face exam! I'm pleased to report a continuing 100% pass rate so far, with a large number of high-merits achieved (74%-89%) and quite a number of distinctions (90% upwards)! Well done to everyone who gave their best and worked really hard to achieve those top marks.
Please stay safe and enjoy continuing to play great music!
More developments with music tuition and music exams: Rockschool have announced a new approach - digital mark sheets!
Check out the full information and assessment criteria on Rockschool's website
Photo by Jacob Bentzinger