MANY THANKS FROM ALL THE STAFF AND STUDENTS AT BMS

We would like to pass on our sincere thanks, to the D of L, Benevolent Fund for providing £2,500 to support our work, during Covid-19.

This money will be used to support our students, with their Skype tuition.

So nice to see that our tutors and students, are embracing this new form of tuition, with each student has a dedicate tutor for their lessons. All our tutors are DBS checked.

We have managed to retain 70% of our current students.

We hope these lessons will help our students in the interim, during Covid-19 lockdown and provide some light relief.

If you are interested in joining our current Skype family, please do not hesitate to get in touch, via email.
E: musicschoolblackpool@gmail.com

Stay Safe!

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Blackpool Music School – News and Media Website.

Blackpool Gazette have published an article on BMS’ new on-line tuition, via Skype.

We are offering our current members and new members, this new and exciting way of learning a musical instrument or vocals. Each student will have a dedicated tutor for guidance and advice.

If you are interested, please contact John or Karen, via email – musicschoolblackpool@gmail.com or ring John direct on 07782 333123.

A Blackpool school has been continuing to teach its music students throughout the self-isolation period with the help of video calls via Skype.

by James Graves

A Blackpool school has been continuing to teach its music students throughout the self-isolation period with the help of video calls via Skype.

Blackpool Music School (BMS), on Waterloo Road in South Shore, closed its doors on March 23 for at least a month following advice from the Government due to the coronavirus pandemic but that hasn’t stopped tutors teaching their students.

There are currently 85 students having different music tuition from the school on various instruments with 11 tutors helping them.

Because of the closure of the school it meant there was no tuition for pupils until the tutors came up with the idea.

The school’s chairman, John Shaw, who founded the school, said: “After collaboration with tutors we have set up Skype tuition and the students are on board with this. The school can still function and deliver its lessons either one to one or in groups.

“With this been accepted it helps those who are self-isolated in their homes, learning an instrument and learning a new skill reading music.

“Also they are being able to speak to their tutors about their lesson as well.”

John Shaw of Blackpool Music School

John said the response has been fantastic and has opened a ‘new perspective’ on teaching music.

He said: “Some tutors had some concerns but the reaction has been great. It’s a learning curve for the future as if a student is poorly they could still participate via Skype.”

He added: “Music as you will be aware is a brilliant pastime and should be used in these uncertain times to help with depression and other problems.

“We can cover from the ages of 07 to 97 in most musical instruments. If the student has no instrument this could be hired for a small fee subject to their circumstances.”

Formed in 2006, BMS is a registered charity with non profit status and there are no fees.

BMS IS NOW OFFERING TUITION VIA SKYPE

We have closed the building down until further notice, due to Covid-19

We currently have 85 students having different music tuition on various instruments with 11 tutors. After collaboration with tutors, we have set up Skype tuition and our current students are on board with this, so the school can still function and deliver its lessons either 1 to 1 or in groups. On-line tuition can help those who are being isolated in their homes to learn an instrument and new skills, with the benefit of being able to speak to the tutors about their lesson via the internet.

As you are aware music is a brilliant pastime, and could help in these uncertain times to help with depression and other problems. We can cover from the ages of 07 to 97 in most musical instruments. All the tutors are fully qualified and are CRB checked. If the student has no instrument this could be hired for a small fee subject to their circumstances.

For enquires call: John – M 07887873309 E: blackpoolmusicschool@gmail.com
Website www.blackpoolmusicschool.org

Stay safe!

Regards,
John Shaw – Founder

23rd March 2020

Dear Members,

Covid-19 update for BMS Members

Further to the escalation of the Covid-19 virus and following the government’s advice, we will be closing the school from today, the 23rd March 2020, initially for one month. We will keep you advised of any ongoing changes.

We are however, hoping that we can accommodate most of our students, via an on-line link i.e. Skype or email. Our tutors will be contacting you directly, to see if you are interested in this facility.

For those not wishing to participate in the programme, we will endeavour to make up lesson time, once the virus has cleared.

As you are aware, we are a small charity run school and we are hoping that the majority of our students will support us, during these challenging times.

Thank you for support and stay safe.

Yours truly,

Mr John Shaw
Chairman/Founder

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17th March 2020

CORONAVIRUS – UPDATE

Dear Members,

Further to the recent announcement from the Prime Minister yesterday, advising the over 70’s and vulnerable to self-isolate, over the next 12 weeks, we may have to rethink our procedures.

We are currently open as usual, but will be monitoring the situation closely. Should things escalate further, we may have to consider ‘Skype tuition’ or home tuition, this would be a temporary measure, until the coronavirus has lifted.

We are in unchartered waters, so we will be taking guidance from the government.

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Yours truly,

Mr John Shaw
Chairman/Founder

CORONAVIRUS

As you are aware, we are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.

Here at BMS, we take your health very seriously. We will be installing hand sanitisers at every entrance of the school.

Would you kindly use hand wash, on your way into the school, so that everyone will feel reassured. If you are unwell with any coronavirus symptoms, please advise the school and do not attend classes.

We can only hope that things will improve over the coming months, and we will take all necessary precautions in the meantime.

Yours truly,

John Shaw – Founder
Blackpool Music School

BMS is hosting an inclusion fund day this week, for children in the Blackpool and Wyre area, with special needs/disablities.

We have ordered extra tambourines and colourful egg shakers, so that their support workers can join in the fun too!

We have a selection of instruments for the children to try.

Lets hope this is the first of many fun events 🙂

Congratulations to Ethan for gaining a Merit, in his grade 4 drum exam.

Ethan is a student at BMS and also took part in the Rock Star Project.

The Rock Star Project, is due to re-start this February.

If you are wanting to do something different, why not give it a try?