Music in Ealing – Unlocked!

Music has, for many children and young people, been an outlet for expressing and working through the emotional impact of lockdown, and the subject has significant potential to support pupils as they return to school.

Ealing Music Service will not simply go back to the way things were prior to COVID-19 but seek to unlock the musical potential of every child and young person in Ealing. We will do this by providing the flexibility in the way schools access our programmes without concerns of going into deficit.

Peace of mind

We can provide online lessons using council-owned-and-monitored iPads that will be recorded and securely stored with restricted access only by a member of the SLT, for 60 days (in case of allegations).

A blended approach

Our excellent team of teachers will be able to provide lessons face-to-face, online and even switch between the two, either because of any further school closures or as a result of a bubble lockdown.  Timetabling for online lessons may vary, if this is something you wish to consider, please contact us to discuss your needs.

Our programmes

Spark! (Whole-Class Ensemble Tuition – WCET)

This will continue to be provided for whole classes in key stage 2 and significantly subsidised by EMS – details of school contributions can be found on our website. In accordance with government guidelines, there are factors to consider with regards to the group size, location of lesson and type of instrument taught. Brass and Woodwind instruments have specific considerations. Please refer to the COVID-19 Risk Assessment & Guidance section for Spark! programmes.

Small Group Instrumental Tuition

Our wide range of instruments will continue to be available – details on our website. In accordance with government guidelines there are factors to consider with regards to group size, location of lesson and type of instrument taught. Please refer to the COVID-Risk Assessment & Guidance section for various instruments.

Choirs and Ensembles

Government guidance in this area is constantly changing, however, currently any choirs or mixed-group music-making opportunities involving more than 15 pupils must not go ahead at this moment in time. Single instrument groups may continue with up to 15 pupils.

Ealing Music Service will respond to changes in government advice as and when it happens and will inform schools of any changes to provision which arises from government directives.

Billing Procedure

Responses to our recent School’s Questionnaire, indicated that half of schools would prefer for us to continue to bill schools for tuition (School Billing), the other half would like us to bill parents (Direct Billing).

What is the difference?

  • School Billing enables you to set prices for your families. Our highly competitive fees and charges can be found on our website. You may also wish to use our fee guidance for schools to help you budget effectively and schedule pupils according to your school’s bubble groups.
  • Direct Billing enables you to hand over the responsibility of charging your families to us. However, given that we’re in the last week of the current school year, we will work with schools that wish to choose this option during the autumn in readiness for Spring 2021.

Should you wish to discuss any specific requirements that are not covered in this update, please do not hesitate to contact us on ealingmusicservice@ealing.gov.uk

My team and I look forward to working with you to unlock all opportunities for your children and young people to reach their full music potential.

Yogesh Dattani

Head of Ealing Music Partnership