Merton Music Foundation

Unlocking Instrumental Lessons in Merton Schools

Following the full opening of schools, Merton Music Foundation has resumed in-person teaching in some Merton schools this term (September 2020).

We have conducted a comprehensive Risk Assessment and are ensuring that all necessary measures are being taken to ensure the safety of your child, the wider school community and our tutors.

The measures that we have put in place are guided by the latest industry research and government guidance. They include 2-metre distancing between tutors and pupils, ensuring adequate ventilation in the teaching space and strict hygiene and cleaning processes such as enhanced hand-washing and sanitising of touch-points and shared surfaces.

Please take a moment to read our Guide to COVID-Safe Instrumental Lessons for Parents/Guardians and Pupils

Enrol now for September 2020

If your child did not take part in online lessons during the previous term, it is necessary for you to re-enrol them for the autumn Term. Due to social distancing, spaces may be limited so we will be operating a first-come, first-served waiting list in our schools.

You can re-enrol your child via your Live Parent account.

These lessons will be fulfilled in-person where possible and online when not. If you wish to apply for our In-Person Lessons Only Waiting List, please click here.

NB: it may not be possible to resume in-person teaching in some schools until after a vaccine is found. All in-person lessons will be subject to moving online in the event of local lockdown, school closures and/or tutor or pupil self-isolation. Please see below for further details.  

What is the situation at my child’s school?

We are already back to teaching in-person lessons in several Merton schools; in other schools we need a little more time to ensure that all the appropriate safety measures are in place. Some schools simply don’t have the space to facilitate safe socially distanced instrumental lessons and so tuition must continue online in these settings.

Click here to see our School Status Tracker to see our progress unlocking instrumental teaching at your child's school.

I only want in-school lessons

We understand that many parents prefer the convenience of in-school lessons. If this is the case, we ask you to enrol onto our In-Person Lessons Only Waiting List.

Your child will remain on this waiting list until such time that in-person lessons can be safely facilitated in their school. This will be dependent on the availability of a teaching space with sufficient ventilation that is large enough to accommodate 2 metre social distancing. It may be the case that this simply is not possible, in which case in-school lessons may not be able to resume until after a vaccine has been found.

Limited spaces: priority and our waiting list

The restrictions of social distancing in lessons will have a serious impact on the availability of instrumental teaching spaces in schools. Therefore, spaces for in-person lessons may be limited.

Pupils that are participating in online lessons with us will be given priority and automatically transitioned back to in-person teaching as soon as this can be done safely.

We will be operating a first-come, first-served waiting list for all other pupils. Priority for in-person teaching will be given to younger pupils that may find online learning more challenging and pupils that do not have access to their instrument at home (e.g. orchestral percussion, drum kit etc.)

Once we have re-opened our Morden-based Music Centre, it may be possible for school-lesson pupils to book in-person teaching here; however spaces will be limited and priority given to existing online Music Centre pupils.

I prefer e-teaching, can my child’s lessons continue online?

Yes! We see online teaching as a new core strand in our lesson delivery. The convenience of learning from home and accessibility it gives pupils to our full range of talented instrumental teachers are silver linings  to this very difficult situation. We have created a new ‘Online Music School’ where we are able to offer pupils of all ages, including adults access to lessons on every instrument that we offer.

If you would prefer for your child’s lessons to continue online, please discuss this with their instrumental teacher and let us know by emailing: admin@mmf.org.uk

What if my child’s in-person lessons are disrupted by Covid-19?

Where lessons are disrupted due to Covid-19 (for example school closure, local lockdown, self-isolation of tutor or pupil), lessons will be fulfilled online or in-person at a later point in the academic year.

Where a suitable alternative method of lesson delivery has been offered, MMF will not issue refunds for in-person lessons missed due to Covid-19. This helps us to protect the livelihoods of our instrumental tutor team, who as professional musicians are amongst some of the worst-hit financially by this terrible virus. If your tutor is unable to fulfil your child’s lessons online or at a later point in the academic year, MMFs normal refund policy applies and the value of missed lessons will be credited to your account or offered as a refund.

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