COVID-19 Plan and Strategy
Updated 4th August 2020
This guide is designed to give students and parents the information necessary to ensure continuity of education during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic.
Our studio is open. If you have a lesson, please go in as normal and your teacher will collect you.
We are continuing to implement all cleaning and social distancing practices outlined in our previous documents, emailed last week and attached here.
As outlined in the attachment above, we are now at Protocol 2. This means that we're abiding by the 2 square meter rule in each of our teaching zones as well as generally throughout the studio. We clean and disinfect pianos between every lesson, ask that all students hand-sanitise and insist that only teachers open and close doors.
Although we're tremendously proud of the hard work South Australians have done to keep everyone safe, we're always prepared for a worsening situation and so we have two platforms that we use to conduct distance learning: Zoom and Edmodo.
Zoom is an application downloaded from the internet, a little like FaceTime or Skype; but more tailored to an education setting. It is suitable for Mac, PC, iPhone or Android Phones.
You can download the zoom app available here. Then, download the "Zoom Client for Meetings" application. Alternatively search for Zoom on the App Store on your Apple or Android device.
Zoom lessons will take the place of your regular one-to-one lesson, at the same time you would normally come into the studio.
We have produced a simple instruction set available here.
All students should have already received their meeting ID's however we have prepared a list of these ID's here - simply enter the meeting ID of your teacher at your lesson time and enter the meeting passcode that will have been emailed to you separately.
Make sure your Camera and Microphone are turned on.
At the beginning of Term 2, we launched a series of online classrooms. We felt that everyone needed a portal to talk with their teacher, upload videos of themselves performing, take online quizzes, and somewhere our teachers can upload content and tutorials to, tailored specifically for a certain level of student.
You should have received an Edmodo Classroom code at the beginning of Term 2, regardless of whether or not lessons are still happening at the studio. If you haven't, a list of classroom codes in order to access the website is attached here (on page 2). You then simply go to edmodo.com, sign up as a student and click 'classes' and then 'join class'. This is a completely private experience : the only other people in your classroom will be those who are at the same grading level or performance level as you.
We really do encourage participation in both Zoom and Edmodo. Zoom lessons are great, but Edmodo gets the community spirit involved which is what we'll need to get through these tough times.
If you can't use Zoom, we have access to both FaceTime and Skype. Failing that, old fashioned phone conversations are a great way of keeping in touch.
We have been doing this for some time now - our teachers are experts in delivering phenomenal music education remotely - and we've found that the connection our students have with their music is now even more important - especially as other activities are either cancelled, postponed or whittled down.
These are unprecedented times and clearly, this is a significant change in the way we deliver your learning. Carlie and I would like to wish our entire community the very best of health. Please lean on us if you need anything - and contact us if you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to call us on 0488 26 19 26
What will never change is our commitment to being the best music school in South Australia. We will continue to strive even harder during these times to make sure you're getting even better value for money - and in this way, we hope to bring the spirit of music to everyone.
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