Covid-19: Music in Schools

Covid-19: Music in Schools

The DfE Schools Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operational Guidance (February 2021) says:

You should continue teaching music, dance and drama as part of your school curriculum, especially as it builds pupils’ confidence and supports their wellbeing.

Schools can continue to engage peripatetic teachers during this period, including staff from music education hubs.

All of our in school teaching activities have been comprehensively risk assessed in-line with the latest DfE and Government guidance alongside advice issued by Music Mark and should run in accordance with each school’s own risk assessment.

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Benefits of Music across the Curriculum

  • improves memory by stimulating both hemispheres of the brain
  • has unrivalled connectivity across the whole curriculum
  • correlates with improved progress in a range of other subjects
  • is highly effective as a strategy for school improvement

Music and Wellbeing

The benefits to pupils participating in musical activity in terms of their wellbeing are also well-known and backed by thorough research:

The Power of Music by Prof. Susan Hallam, MBE

Ten Things Every School Should Know about Music

We continued to teach over 400 students remotely through the school closure period and parents and schools have recognised the benefits this brought.

CMS Staff returning to Schools

  • Our teachers have detailed guidance on how to create a safe working environment for themselves and their pupils to complement each school’s individual arrangements
  • All our activities are assessed using the CCC Covid-19 Risk Assessment for Peripatetic Staff focusing on visiting different schools
  • We have asked that our teachers request each school’s COVID-19 risk assessment
  • To avoid excessive testing, we have requested that all teaching staff delivering for CMS take 2 lateral flow tests at home per week and provide us with the results. We are working closely with the LA and schools to meet these requirements.

All Music Lessons in School

Children and young people can engage in singing, wind and brass playing in school and without mitigating action with 2 metres distancing.

There is some evidence that additional risk can build from aerosol transmission with volume and with the combined numbers of individuals within a confined space. This is particularly evident for singing and shouting, but with appropriate safety mitigation and consideration, singing, wind and brass teaching can still take place.

from DfE Schools coronavirus (COVID-19) Operational Guidance February 2021

Online Lessons

Where teaching in schools is not possible, we offer online lessons in school or at home. Find out more about our online Safeguarding.

Covid-19 Guidance

Guidance for full opening of schools

Guidance for Holiday and After School Clubs

Guidance for Working in Performing Arts

Music Mark