Coronavirus Update, An Open Letter

This is David Stone, Director of Midtown Music School. As we all have seen, circumstances have changed dramatically. All schools in Ontario will be closed for three weeks, all major sports leagues are cancelled, Broadway is going dark until April 12th.  It is important during these uncertain - and unprecedented - times that we do our part to continue to live our lives as normally as possible.

With this in mind, the staff and I at Midtown Music School are going to do our utmost to help keep music as a regular part of your lives. In advance of these upcoming weeks, I wanted to help get everyone on board with how we will be able to keep the music going.

At this time, we are not planning to stop lessons. We have been working together on a plan that will ensure lessons continue with as little interruption as possible. Lessons can continue at the school until we hear otherwise from Health Canada, WHO, or other science or government organization.

If we are forced to close down the building, we will be implementing an online lesson structure via Skype (instructions for Skype are in this email). We feel Music continues to be a positive, constructive force for everyone, doubly so in trying times. We know our community will rally with us as we navigate these unknown waters.

NEW IN-SCHOOL PROTOCOLS

In the short term, given the new information from Health Canada and the WHO, we are temporarily enacting the following protocols:

- There will be no waiting room at the school. Only students (or in the case of very young/Suzuki students, a single parent or guardian) may enter the building. Please do not arrive early for lessons, but right at the scheduled time and go straight to the lesson room. Any pickup after the lesson will happen on the front stairs. Students will be released from their lessons to wait outside, so please be waiting if you are picking up any student from their class.

  • If you do not feel comfortable coming in for your lesson, please speak with your teacher so we can prepare the online lesson for you.
  • If you are exhibiting any symptoms, please do not attend the lesson in person. If you are up to it, we would be happy to teach you online.
  • None of the staff will come to the school if we are exhibiting any symptoms. Like you, if we are up to it, we will teach you online.

ONLINE LESSONS: DOWNLOAD AND SET UP SKYPE

We are preparing for the possibility of having to teach you all remotely for the next couple of weeks. To help expedite the process together, we are asking everyone to use Skype for our remote classes. Here's how to set it up:

If you have not done so already, please go to The Skype Website  and download Skype for your PC or Mac. Alternatively, you can download it on any iOS or Android device by searching for Skype on the App Store or Google Play. Once you have downloaded the app, you will be able to set up a free account. We will be able to work with you via videoconferencing, and even share our screens, documents and more! While it is not quite the same as an in-person class, they are still very effective. I have been teaching on Skype for over 10 years (I even took a student through the complete Film Scoring Major program at Berklee College of Music - 12 years ago!) and know that it works.

Your teacher will be in touch with you regarding their Skype username and arranging lessons as things become clearer in the days and weeks ahead.

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We are hoping these protocols and changes will only be necessary for the next 2-3 weeks, and will adapt as the situation evolves.

I am happy to answer any questions you have. (If I take a little longer to get back to you, I appreciate your understanding.)

I apologize for the inconvenience these changes will cause for the time being. On behalf of me, my wife, my two sons, and all the staff and their families here at Midtown Music School, I want to thank you for sticking with us. Once we get through these historic times, I hope to look back on it remembering the strength we all showed in the face of adversity.

Thank you all,

~David

 

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Online Lessons Now Available!

Midtown Music School has now successfully transitioned to a fully-online model for all our programs. We have successfully adapted all our lessons for remote learning, including all instruments, theory, even digital music production!

Coronavirus Update, An Open Letter

This is David Stone, Director of Midtown Music School. As we all have seen, circumstances have changed dramatically. All schools in Ontario will be closed for three weeks, all major sports leagues are cancelled, Broadway is going dark until April 12th.  It is important during these uncertain - and unprecedented - times that we do our part to continue to live our lives as normally as possible.

With this in mind, the staff and I at Midtown Music School are going to do our utmost to help keep music as a regular part of your lives. In advance of these upcoming weeks, I wanted to help get everyone on board with how we will be able to keep the music going.