Technology helps young musicians in Northumberland to keep playing

A series of online resources for young musicians has been launched by Northumberland County Council’s music service.

Saturday, 16th May 2020, 11:27 am
Updated Saturday, 16th May 2020, 11:27 am

Under normal circumstances Music Partnership North would deliver music lessons in schools across Northumberland, reaching 6,500 pupils every week.

Faced with school closures, innovative solutions were developed to support children’s musical learning during lockdown, providing a replacement to the face-to-face lessons.

The team adapted quickly by changing its delivery model and music tutors have even begun one-to-one music lessons with pupils using video calls.

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Technology is helping young musicians access tuition during the pandemic. Picture: Pixabay

The online resources take the form of real-time video lessons on Google Meet and are delivered weekly.Coun Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Our music service is working very hard to support young people while they are unable to carry out face to face music lessons.“The team's incredible work has ensured that safeguarding measures are in place and that staff have the training and support needed to make these lessons a huge success.“These online lessons will ensure music will continue to play during this difficult time.”Cath McEvoy-Carr, executive director of adults and children’s services, added: “The initial response from parents has been very positive. It is great for children to get back to their musical activities after a few weeks without lessons.“We are also exploring future possibilities of using technology to reach more children. We may be able to take advantage of this technology to overcome some of the challenges of rural isolation and make sure that music lessons are more accessible to children right across the county.”More details at www.northumberland.gov.uk/Education/Music-Service/Whats-on-in-the-Music-Partnership.aspx

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