Since my last update, I would firstly like to say a personal thank you to all of the students, parents/guardians who have supported me by continuing lessons online. Around 80% transferred online, which is pretty good going!
Looking at the feedback from students, parents/guardians everyone seems quite happy with this arrangement, including feedback & set work sent from myself.
Return to face to face lessons
After continued consultations regarding face to face tuition in a private setting with my MP Gerald Jones, MS Dawn Bowden, CCBC business & development teams & lastly my ongoing meetings with the Wales & South West England Regional Committee I am a member of.
It looks like the date I will be returning to face to face teaching is still undetermined at this time sadly.
This will of course be subject to Central, Welsh & Local government guidelines, rules, laws that are in effect at that time & advice from the Musicians Union also.
You are completely free to continue to receive lessons online if you prefer, for any reason. I will be happy to accommodate.
Lessons taking place at The Practice Pad will temporarily be taking place at my studio or continuing online when resumed.
A stringent risk assessment is currently being made to implement any & all changes, modifications & safety precautions needed. Once this is complete you will receive a full version of this for your records before lessons are resumed.
Some Implemented Changes
The use of disinfectants between students lessons.
Applying PPE for students, teacher & parents/guardians.
The use of screens.
Different sitting positions for students, teacher & parents/guardians.
The use of more online/interactive systems for feedback & assigned work.
Full use of contactless & direct debit payments instead of cash.
During lockdown I have released numerous articles, videos & musical collaborations that may interest students & parents/guardians. Most are bass & guitar orientated & I am receiving great feedback & ideas from fellow musicians & students
You can see them all on my website here
Giftcards are now also available via my payment provider SumUp as well as printed/e-vouchers already available.
The Sumup cards are available here
Defence Discount Service
I am now signed up with the Defence Discount Service!
This offers currently serving, reserve & retired Officers & NCO's of the British Army, Royal Air Force & Royal Navy (including Royal Marines) discounted lesson prices.
These discounts are available via defencediscountservice.co.uk or via my website.
I've been meaning to set this up for a while as I receive discounts myself for many retailers/services using this scheme due to my former full time & current part time work as a Royal Naval officer.
Here is some lovely correspondence I have received from students, parents/guardians during lockdown. Thank you so much & I'm glad you're all doing so well & practicing as much as you all do!