Transforming And Enriching Lives Through Music

COVID-19

Thursday 17th September

Good afternoon
We hope that you’ve all had a good summer and that pupils are settling back in to life at school.

Music Lessons and Ensembles

Music lessons in schools and at Heath Campus are still postponed until October. Some schools are unable to allow visitors or offer us a teaching room large enough to comply with social distancing rules. In addition, some paired and group lessons involve pupils being in close proximity to someone who is not in their bubble and we felt that postponing lessons was necessary to reduce the risk of transmitting infection in schools who are already under a lot of pressure to keep their pupils safe. We will confirm a start date with you all as soon as we can.

Our ensembles and bands are still postponed until further notice. Unfortunately, the current government guidelines prevent ensembles and groups from playing together. We hope to see you all as soon as it is safe for everyone to meet and play together.

If you usually pay for your lessons/ensembles by direct debit don’t worry – payments were suspended back in March and will remain on hold until we have confirmed a lesson start date with you.

New Music Leaders

Our new Music Leaders will be delivering all our teaching in schools and at the Music Centre. You can see some of our Music Leaders in action on our Live Music In Schools video last week by visiting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNo0k4ZFaW8. You can also visit our website for more information about each Music Leader by using the following link: https://www.calderdalemusictrust.org.uk/about-us/our-music-leaders.
In summary we have:-

Mrs Booteteaching piano and woodwind and delivering curriculum teaching in schools
Miss Brownteaching piano, singing, curriculum teaching and choirs
Mr Drinkwaterteaching drums, trumpet and curriculum teaching
Mrs Durransteaching singing, piano, curriculum teaching and choirs
Mr Lathamteaching piano, guitar and ukulele
Miss Mossteaching piano, woodwind and strings
Mrs Pearceteaching piano and curriculum teaching
Mrs Quarmbyteaching piano, woodwind, singing and curriculum teaching
Mr Rhodesteaching piano, drums and curriculum teaching
Mr Waltersteaching piano, guitar and curriculum teaching


Judith Mclean and Lynn Hudson will continue to work with us and the Senior Citizens’ Orchestra/CSI Choir.

Online Lessons

We had fantastic feedback about our online lessons during lockdown. We will continue to offer online lessons during evenings and weekends until face to face lessons resume. The cost is still subsidised by the Music Trust and pupils will only pay £6.50 per 20-minute session. If you’ve not yet taken part in our online lessons and would like some more information, please do get in touch.

New Timetables For Schools

Due to our change in teaching staff we may need to change your usual lesson day and time in school. Some pupils will have a teacher that they have not worked with before. As soon as we have any information relating to your music lessons starting again we will get in touch with full details.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us. We hope to see you all very soon.

Kind regards

Calderdale Music Trust

[email protected]

01422303060


Monday 20th July

Dear Parents/Students

One-to-One/Small Group Tuition

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a level of disruption to music education and tuition that we have not seen in any of our lifetimes. Throughout this period of disruption, we have continued to offer a remote service of one to one tuition. We have also taken this time to review the services that we offer and take some vital steps to improve our admin procedures which we will share with you over the next few months.

As you are no doubt aware, the DfE guidelines for schools and music education are being updated regularly. Schools are being faced with enormous pressures to ensure that they comply with the control measures being set out to minimise the risk of transmission of coronavirus.

Taking this into consideration, we have taken a very difficult decision to put on hold face-to-face tuition (other than online tuition and Whole Class Ensemble and Curriculum Teaching in schools) until October 2020.

Whilst this is very disappointing for us all, we hope that you understand our decision.

And as a thank you to all who are supporting us by taking interactive tuition we will continue to fund interactive lessons so that the cost to you will remain at £6.50 until 30 October 2020. Anyone wishing to join us and take advantage of this offer should contact [email protected]

So, for face-to-face tuition:

  • you need do nothing further at this stage.
  • No invoices will be raised/no direct debits payments will be taken until we have confirmed when your lesson will take place.
  • Full information regarding the launch of our new administration system will be issued shortly.
  • We will have more updates in September.

Thank you once again for your continued support. We hope that you manage to enjoy the summer break and look forward to when we can finally see everybody again in October 2020.

Kind regards
David Heywood
Principal of Calderdale Music Trust

Thursday 4th June

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope that you and those close to you are keeping safe and well in these worrying and
unprecedented times.

I am pleased to inform you that following a national recruitment campaign and a rigorous selection process, that David Heywood has been appointed as the Principal of Calderdale Music Trust from June 1st. We had a large number of applications and David was by far the strongest candidate. David has been acting Principal of the Trust for the past two months and before that he has accrued a wealth of experience as; a successful school leader, a talented and skilled musician and an excellent teacher. The whole board are delighted by his appointment.
In particular, David and his team are developing some exciting new and innovative developments
for music education in Calderdale and he will be sharing our progress in relation to these with you in the coming weeks and months.

David and his team, on behalf of the Board are committed to ensuring that we provide excellent
Music education and opportunities for all children and young people in Calderdale and so we are all committed to a programme for rapid improvement.

We recently introduced on-line tuition, as this has received very positive feedback so far we will
continue to subsidise these lessons until the end of August 2020. It is still unclear how and where
lessons will take place from September but we will keep you informed as soon as we have further
information. If there are any aspects of the provision at Calderdale Music Trust that you wish to discuss in more detail, please do not hesitate to get in touch directly with David at [email protected]

Kind regards
Paul Brennan
Chair of Calderdale Music Trust

Tuesday 26th May

Dear Parents, Guardians and Pupils

Amid the upheaval of the pandemic, we have really been given the opportunity to reflect on how we currently deliver our services and improvements that can be made going forward.

Part of the changes that we are looking at is to simplify our pricing structure for music lessons. Currently we bill for tuition in full terms and the number of weeks of tuition that a pupil receives can vary depending on the length of the term. We therefore would like to introduce a cost per lesson system (which we are currently using for our online teaching) which will make billing easier and also alleviate the issues with mid-term changes and new starters.

In response to the request of local schools, we decided to abolish instrumental hire charges as they advised that they would prefer to be charged one fee which incorporated this cost. We were going to implement a similar system for all our pupils however we felt you should actually have a say about this.

So, the question is: -
Would you prefer a lower cost per lesson (the fees are very similar to those that are currently being charged) and be charged separately for instrument hire?
Or have a slightly higher cost per lesson with free instrument hire included?

Also, the online tuition is going extremely well and as we have already suggested, we intend to continue giving this type of lesson. CMT are currently funding part of these lessons but the plan is to offer these from September at a cost of £10. Again, what are your thoughts about this?

We really would appreciate your views about the above and in fact any other ideas that you may have and we will do our very best to implement any changes that will ensure all our students continue to learn and enjoy playing an instrument.

Your sincerely
Julia Brook
Business Manager
[email protected]

Monday 11th May

Dear Parents/Students,

Firstly, I’d like to thank you for your patience and understanding during these extraordinary unpredictable and unprecedented times.

Following the government’s announcement yesterday that schools will close at the end of the day on Friday 20th March, our face to face teaching across all areas in schools will also cease at this time. We have already postponed all direct debit payments until further notice so there is no need to cancel your payments. Funds will not be taken from your account for the Summer Term.
We have already suspended all activities at the various Calderdale Music Trust Music Centres and direct debit payments for these have also been suspended.

Our preference would be to refund all lessons for the remaining time before the Easter break and any payments already made for the Summer Term. As a gesture of good will, we would also like to refund the cost of all lessons and ensemble rehearsals that have taken place from Monday 9th March 2020. If you do not wish to receive a refund at this time, please let us know. Alternatively a credit can be placed on your account and your fees for the autumn term reduced. Our admin team will be in touch over the next few weeks to request your bank details in order to issue refunds.

We are currently exploring a range of options to aid our pupils in their musical journeys throughout this unexpected scenario such as live video streaming lessons and interactive YouTube sessions. Safeguarding remains our highest priority and there are some factors that need to be addressed in temporarily moving to these new and emerging technologies. As soon as we have more details and information on these we will let you know.

Schools are currently in the process of putting their provision together for vulnerable children and key worker’s children. As yet, this will not involve any musical provision from Calderdale Music Trust but if this situation changes, we will inform the relevant parents as soon as we know.
The office accommodation at Heath Campus is now closed until further notice, however, the team are all continuing to work from home and are contactable by the usual office telephone number 01422 303060 and by email [email protected].uk

Amidst all of this challenge and uncertainty, I am pleased to say that we have taken the decision to suspend hire charges on all instruments with immediate effect. This will continue until at least July 2021. Please see the instrument hire agreement or contact us for more details.

Once again, thank you for your continued support and understanding during this very worrying and challenging time. We will continue to follow the guidance of the government and Public Health England and update you as often as we can, particularly regarding the situation after the Easter break which at the moment remains very much an unknown.

In the meantime, please continue to follow the advice of the government and Public Health England and take good care of yourselves and those close to you.

Kind regards,
David Heywood
Deputy Director

Thursday 16th April 2020

Please click here to download the application form for online interactive music lessons.

Thank you to everyone who responded to our questionnaire regarding online music lessons. We're pleased to inform you that we will arranging for these lessons to start as soon as possible after the Easter holidays.

If you would like to receive online music tuition, please read, sign and return the attached document by email. It contains more information about the lessons and should answer all the queries that were raised from the questionnaire. To sign the document, you can photograph your signature and add it to the document as a picture, or type a signature where indicated. Once you have returned a signed agreement we will contact you to inform you of the number of sessions you are able to receive using the money owed to you for missed lessons before Easter. At this time we will also provide you with a Calderdale Music Trust email address.

If you have any questions that are not answered in the attached document please contact us by email - [email protected]

Thursday 19th March 2020

MESSAGE TO PARENTS/STUDENTS

Dear Parents/Students,

Firstly, I’d like to thank you for your patience and understanding during these extraordinary unpredictable and unprecedented times.

Following the government’s announcement yesterday that schools will close at the end of the day on Friday 20th March, our face to face teaching across all areas in schools will also cease at this time. We have already postponed all direct debit payments until further notice so there is no need to cancel your payments. Funds will not be taken from your account for the Summer Term.

We have already suspended all activities at the various Calderdale Music Trust Music Centres and direct debit payments for these have also been suspended.

Our preference would be to refund all lessons for the remaining time before the Easter break and any payments already made for the Summer Term. As a gesture of good will, we would also like to refund the cost of all lessons and ensemble rehearsals that have taken place from Monday 9th March 2020. If you do not wish to receive a refund at this time, please let us know. Alternatively a credit can be placed on your account and your fees for the autumn term reduced. Our admin team will be in touch over the next few weeks to request your bank details in order to issue refunds.

We are currently exploring a range of options to aid our pupils in their musical journeys throughout this unexpected scenario such as live video streaming lessons and interactive YouTube sessions. Safeguarding remains our highest priority and there are some factors that need to be addressed in temporarily moving to these new and emerging technologies. As soon as we have more details and information on these we will let you know.

Schools are currently in the process of putting their provision together for vulnerable children and key worker’s children. As yet, this will not involve any musical provision from Calderdale Music Trust but if this situation changes, we will inform the relevant parents as soon as we know.

The office accommodation at Heath Campus is now closed until further notice, however, the team are all continuing to work from home and are contactable by the usual office telephone number 01422 303060 and by email [email protected].uk

Amidst all of this challenge and uncertainty, I am pleased to say that we have taken the decision to suspend hire charges on all instruments with immediate effect. This will continue until at least July 2021. Please see the instrument hire agreement or contact us for more details.

Once again, thank you for your continued support and understanding during this very worrying and challenging time. We will continue to follow the guidance of the government and Public Health England and update you as often as we can, particularly regarding the situation after the Easter break which at the moment remains very much an unknown.

In the meantime, please continue to follow the advice of the government and Public Health England and take good care of yourselves and those close to you.

Kind regards,

David Heywood

Deputy Director

Wednesday 18th March 2020

CLOSURE OF HEATH CAMPUS, HALIFAX

We remain committed to following guidance issued by the government and Public Health England. At this moment in time, we have taken the very difficult decision to cancel all lessons and ensembles at the Heath Campus with effect from today 18 March 2020 and for the remainder of this term. Summer term provision will be reviewed based on further guidance. More information for parents will follow by email.

Tuesday 17th March 2020

Please note that music lessons at the Halifax Music Centre (Heath Campus) have been cancelled today, Tuesday 17th March and tomorrow Wednesday 18th March.

Lessons will continue in school unless you have been informed otherwise by your school or by the Calderdale Music Trust.

More information will follow.

Tuesday 17th March 2020

Please contact your exam board directly for information re cancellations

ABRSM: https://gb.abrsm.org/en/covid-19-update/

Trinity: https://www.trinitycollege.com/page/coronavirus

RockSchool: https://www.rslawards.com/rockschool/

Friday 13th March 2020

Following the Government announcements yesterday we are considering ways in which we can support the delay of the COVID-19 virus spreading.

The following events will be postponed:

Mayor’s Spring Concert (Friday 20th March, Halifax Town Hall)

Battle of the Roses (Sunday 22nd March, Mytholmroyd Community Centre)

Halifax Music Centre Ensembles Concert (Tuesday 31st March, Savile Park School)

Soloists Concert (Tuesday 5th May, Mount Zion Church)

Music lessons and rehearsals in schools and at the Halifax Music Centre (Heath Campus) will continue unless we are advised otherwise by Public Health England.

For more information about COVID-19 please click the following NHS link: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19