Thursday, May 14, 2020
Dear Students and Families,
We hope this email finds you well. We so miss seeing each of you in person and couldn’t be more proud of the work you are doing and the flexibility you have shown adapting to our new virtual format.
We have been monitoring the news closely and will continue to do so in the upcoming weeks as new guidelines become available for businesses and the reopening process. For now, we will remain entirely virtual for the month of May and possibly June as well. The safety of our students and faculty is our primary concern. We need to have a more clear picture of what a reopening would look like before we can assign a date to it. We will provide another update later this month with our finalized plans for June.
It has also become increasingly clear that the type of gathering we typically host for recitals will not be appropriate for this season. We will be postponing our annual in-person performances until it is possible to host a concert with an audience while still practicing safe social distancing guidelines. We are, however, happily planning to gather virtually during recital weekend for performances we may enjoy from our homes. We want to celebrate the progress our students have made throughout the year and to provide a venue to come together to share those accomplishments. We are working to keep our virtual concerts as close to what you have come to expect from Music 101 recitals as possible:
- Students who wish to participate in a virtual recital will need to complete an online registration
- Dates and times will remain the same as previously scheduled recitals
- Teachers will be in virtual attendance throughout the weekend
- Families will receive programs and certificates via email
- All family members and friends are welcome to login for the event. We will share the meeting codes and passwords as the weekend gets closer
- All student performances will be pre-recorded by families and submit to the studio prior to the recital dates (detailed information will follow regarding this process).
Please complete the following form whether you plan to attend a virtual recital or not:
Virtual Recital Registration
Many of you have asked to donate your recital payments to our small business and for that we are incredibly grateful. For this reason, we have included the option on the form you are asked to complete. We understand that not everyone is in the financial position at this time to make such a donation. Please do only what you are comfortable with. Follow this link to complete the recital form and necessary tuition questions:
Virtual Recital Registration
Please do not hesitate to speak with your instructors or any of the staff in the upcoming weeks. We are always available by email and also by phone on weekdays from 2:00-8:00.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Music 101 will hold virtual lessons April 20 - 24th. Usually, this would have been our pre-scheduled April Vacation week, however, we are using this time to make-up lessons that were cancelled at the end of March.
Tuesday April 7, 2020
Music 101 will extend our physical closure until further notice, in accordance with the non-essential business closures in MA.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
We are so thankful for a great first week of virtual lessons. It was wonderful to be able to check in with our students and provide a bit of normalcy to both their days and ours. Although it could never take the place of working with a student in person, it is such a relief to have the resource of distance learning available to get us through this uncertain time.
We are writing to let you know that we will be extending our physical closure through April 7th in accordance with the non-essential business closures in MA. Our plan going forward is to continue with our lessons virtually until we are able to reopen the studio. We will begin teaching our lessons on a typical weekly basis beginning the week of March 30th. You can expect to stay on the same day you had during the school year with small adjustments in times to accommodate siblings.
Please be on the lookout for a separate email detailing your virtual lesson day/times for March 30th and beyond. You will receive a unique meeting ID that can be used for all lessons beginning 3/30 through April. You will not need a new one each week.
Thank you again for being an amazing community that prioritizes music education. We miss all of you and hope to see you at the school soon!
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Good Afternoon Students and Families,
Thank you for your outpouring of support in response to my previous email announcing our temporary closure. Your words and actions have fortified and energized us to move toward building a solution that keeps our music community vibrant during this difficult time.
Our teachers and administrative staff have come together to formulate the following plans:
- For our planned two week closure, 3/16 - 3/27, we will be providing one virtual lesson via the Zoom video platform and one make-up lesson per student. We will do our best to keep to your current schedule for the virtual lesson but may need to make adjustments because of our many siblings who typically attend lessons simultaneously. A separate email will be sent to let you know of the exact day/times of these lessons as well as details on how to access the classes. The make-up lesson will take place the week of our previously scheduled April vacation, providing the studio is open by then.
- If our temporary closure needs to be extended, we will be ready to move to a complete distance learning model at that time and lessons will resume virtually on a weekly basis as of March 30th.
We realize this will be somewhat of a learning curve for us all and so appreciate your patience and commitment as we navigate this together. We feel it is the right thing to do to both support our instructors and to keep our students engaged. We sincerely hope that our June recitals will be able to take place and we need this time to be working with our students toward that goal.
Saturday, March 14, 2020
At Music 101, the health and safety of our students, families, faculty, and administrators is our primary concern. We have carefully monitored the response of local schools and organizations to the COVID-19 virus and feel it is best for us to close our physical location through March 27th.
The arts community, similar to many others, has taken a tremendous financial loss due to the necessary cancellations. Teachers whose livelihood is derived from instruction, concerts, and church positions are finding themselves in particularly challenging times. We are left with many questions on how to make this work, especially if the quarantine period is extended beyond two weeks.
Please be on the lookout for upcoming emails from us. We are working to organize make-up lessons as well as the possibility of virtual lessons for the time period we are closed. We thank you in advance for your patience as we coordinate this new landscape to maintain a regularity of lessons while prioritizing everyone's safety.