Bristol Plays Music sets up virtual academy

Bristol Plays Music sets up virtual academy

Bristol Plays Music has launched a virtual academy to provide music lessons to both new and existing students in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.

The online music academy has been set up by Bristol Plays Music (BPM) for children and young people, aged 7 to 18, irrespective of their experience level.

The Bristol Music Trust-run Bristol Plays Music says tutors will deliver individual lessons to the students’ homes via video calls, and lessons are 20 minutes long for primary students and 30 minutes long for secondary students.

The Bristol Plays Music virtual academy will allow current students to continue their lessons with their assigned tutors, while new students will also get a chance to learn music from their homes during the lockdown. 

Phil Castang, Director of Creative Learning and Engagement at Bristol Music Trust, stated:

“Our purpose is to support young people’s music education and discover the joy of music. That remains true even in these trying circumstances.

“We know that music is a vital part of a rounded education and also an important means of self-expression, so the Virtual Academy is a place for young people to continue with that experience and learning.”

Bristol Plays Music virtual academy will offer free lessons for children of key workers

While there is a tuition fee for the music lessons, Bristol Music Trust has set up free bursary places for the kids of key workers or those financially impacted by the Covid-19 virus outbreak.

Children in care may also be eligible for bursary places, subject to funding. 

Castang said: “We were also keen to make that opportunity available at no cost to key workers and those financially impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak and will be subsidising those lessons as far as we can.”

The fees start at £100 for a block of 10 lessons. Students under the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), with the agreement of their school, can use their grant for these online music lessons.

Pic: Stefany Andrade

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