COVID-19 Safety Plan- Updated Nov 20th, 2020

Important: Please see Personal Protective Equipment section below for new protocols

Our mission is to provide a safe and enriching space to support our students to achieve their full musical potential and provide them the skills for a lifelong enjoyment of music. 

Beginning September 8th, we will be providing flexible lesson options, with a choice of in-person, online, or a combination of the two. In addition, we believe that with everybody in our community making an effort to understand, follow and stay up-to-date with all safety recommendations and mandates, we can continue to provide music education to our families in a safe and meaningful way. 

Please review our safety plan as outlined below, carefully. Your decision to participate in music lessons this year is greatly appreciated, as is your understanding and cooperation.

Stay/Go Home if Sick Policy

  • Students will be asked to stay home if they are sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick and is self isolating. This also applies to all teachers and staff. Anyone displaying illness will be sent home.

  • If you or your child can not attend in person there will be the option to still take an online lesson at your scheduled time in order not to miss your lesson.

  • If teachers are well enough, they may choose to conduct the lesson online

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Masks are now mandatory upon entering the school, in the waiting room, and when using the washroom. Once students have settled into their lesson and are properly distanced from their teacher, they are welcome to remove their mask. Your cooperation is appreciated. This will be reassessed as we go forward.

  • Masks will be mandatory for teachers when they are within 6 feet of a student or parent.

  • All studios have been marked with 6 feet “bubbles” for the teacher and student to remain in for safety purposes.

Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

  • Hand sanitizer will be supplied in all teaching rooms and reception areas. Students and teachers must use sanitizer or wash hands thoroughly (minimum 20 seconds) before each lesson.

  • Teachers will be required to thoroughly wipe down the classroom instruments as well as all other shared equipment and surfaces. Cleaning supplies will be provided by the school.

  • There will be enhanced daily cleaning and disinfecting of each location every day.

Limited Group Class Sizes

  • The number of students allowed in a group class has been reduced to 5 for our group studio in order to implement proper physical distancing. 

  • All group classes have been scheduled for 45 minutes, due to smaller class sizes, and limited movement in the class. This will also allow for a 10 or 15 minute break between each class in order to allow sufficient time for students to exit, cleaning of instruments, and a new class to come in.

Limited & Controlled Access in Studios

  • Waiting Rooms: There will be limited access to the waiting rooms. Most chairs will be removed from the waiting rooms and parents will be asked to only come into the studio for dropping off or picking up their children. We are requesting that parents wait in their car or outside the school during your child’s lesson. Older students will be expected to arrive and depart on their own. This will not apply to those travelling by bus or who have other reasons that require them to remain inside.

  • Entering & Exiting a lesson: When arriving for your lesson please try to maintain proper physical distancing. At the end of the lesson students should walk directly to the waiting room and then exit the school. Parents are asked to please be on time and wait for your child after the lesson.

  • We are asking our teachers, as much as possible, to communicate with parents via email, text, or phone calls instead of our usual practice of speaking at the end of the lesson. This will help reduce unnecessary congestion in the waiting room.

Physical Distancing and No-Sharing-Policy

  • For students’ homework assignments, teachers will use email or Google Drive, rather than writing in dictation books.

  • Studio copies of lesson books will not be available. It is expected that students will bring their books and materials to every lesson. If a student comes without their books, instructors will proceed with the lesson teaching alternate material such as technique, theory, ear training, etc.

  • Groups will be smaller this year. This is to accommodate physical distancing, no sharing of items, including no rhythm instruments to be used and limited singing. Workbook assignments will be done at the keyboard. Please remember to bring your tote bag with books and supplies to each lesson. We cannot supply books or materials if they are forgotten.

Lesson Formats: In-Person, Online, Hybrid

  • Our school will now offer 3 lesson format: In-person, Online or a combination of both (hybrid lesson)

  • Lessons can be taught online according to individual student preferences or when needed due to isolation requirements.

  • You may change your lesson type at any point during the school year by contacting our administrator.

  • Our school is newly wired for wifi and each teacher will have a personal device (laptop or ipad) in their studio in order to conduct lessons in all 3 formats.