Covid Update Feb 2021

After what appears to be an age of doom, gloom, misery, suffering and ongoing issues it appears, tentatively, that there maybe an inkling of light. Not only have we got a hopeful prognosis of being able to reopen on/ by the 12th April but, with this announcement from the ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) there may be a glimmer of further light for those students who we, and their sponsors, can agree that they fulfil the criteria.


Some of our students have been unable to continue lessons as they have issues with focus and guidance in an online lesson. This MAY benefit those students.


We ask that, if you would prefer in-person lessons AND feel that the learner would benefit from in-person lessons please undertake the following Steps: 1. Discuss with your tutor. 2. The tutor will then discuss with us. 3. We will organise an appropriate time/ day for the lesson and ensure that all COVID preventatives are in place. 4. Lessons can recommence for those in need.


The link for the recommendation from the ISM is here under Private Teaching: https://www.ism.org/advice/england-covid-19-measures


Quote Last updated: 26 February 2021

Government guidance for out-of-school settings has been updated. This governs what happens for private music tuition.


From 8 March:

Face-to-face teaching both indoors and outdoors can be provided for all children but only under the following circumstances:

  • Where it is reasonably necessary to enable parents and carers to work, search for work, undertake education or training, or attend a medical appointment or address a medical need, or attend a support group.

  • Where it is being used by electively home educating parents as part of their existing arrangements for their child to receive a suitable full-time education.

  • Where it is being used as part of their efforts to obtain a regulated qualification,* meet the entry requirements for an education institution (e.g. auditions), or to undertake exams and assessments.

  • For vulnerable children and vulnerable young people.

* Regulated qualifications include examinations by music examination boards (e.g. ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall, Rock school and LCM). These organisations are on the government Register of Regulated Qualifications. LCM is regulated as part of the University of West London.


This means that if any of the points above are satisfied, private teaching can continue face-to-face either in the teacher's home or the pupil's, subject to a risk assessment and implementation of any of the usual mitigations and COVID-safe working practices.


This means that if any of the points above are satisfied, private teaching can continue face-to-face either in the teacher's home or the pupil's, subject to a risk assessment and implementation of any of the usual mitigations and COVID-safe working practices.

If you feel you fit into these guidelines please call Dru or Chris on 0161 303 9966, or email info@stalybridgemusicacademy.com to arrange your next in person lesson.


The exception to the above is woodwind lessons of which we will advise as soon as possible.



Other than the above we will be able to open fully when non-essential retail is allowed to open, which at this time is April 12th.

Regular students will maintain their current slots. If you are 'pay as you go' or would like to book a lessons for the first time please book via the following link.

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