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Sing Up and Music Mark commissioned Professor Martin Ashley to write some up-to-date guidance for schools in relation to managing coronavirus risks associated with singing for the start of the new academic year. We have deliberately waited until there was some concrete evidence to base this guidance on, and Professor Ashley has provided his guidance in the light of research published 20.08.20.

SWLMEP is a partnership of seven music services which serve over 500 schools across South West London. The seven boroughs (Croydon, Hounslow, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton, Wandsworth) cover an area of significant diversity in terms of ethnicity, demographic profile, education attainment and socio-economic backgrounds. SWLMEP applied for funding from Sound Connections to help with its mission to diversify the service offering to be truly inclusive of each local community.

This toolkit will be a guide on how to create a more inclusive practice which enables every child to unlock their musical potential.

These documents are intended to support the continuation of music making in school settings, both instrumental
and whole class; to ensure the smooth transition of tuition from an online platform back into the school environment with appropriate support for schools and parents and to resume whole class enrichment activities.

The health and safety of all school students, staff and music tutors is paramount. The Guidance here is intended to support with a safe return to teaching.

In addition to our Music Unlocked guidance these risk assessments have been prepared for use by Music Mark Members to support with the safe return to Music Teaching in schools.

Music Mark has worked alongside independent Music Education consultant Gary Griffiths to compile COVID-19 related guidance so you can make music safely in and out of school.

We have reviewed academic studies, and consulted our Members, the Music Teachers’ Association, the Music Industries Association, the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the Musicians’ Union, as well as individual sector experts, headteachers and teachers.

As Music Education Providers develop their online offers at speed, Music Education Consultant Abi D’Amore hosts a Music Mark Members Webinar with presentations from Viki Smith (PMLL), Kerryn Hill (PRS) and Anthony Yarde (PRS). Exploring the specific challenges around licensing in the new online teaching space is increasingly vital to Music Education Providers due to the Coronavirus Lockdown. This session consists of talks from the panellists followed by a Q&A with the session participants. This Music Mark Members Webinar was hosted live on 12th May 2020

Hubs and Music Services may need to provide pupils, parents and carers with instrument maintenance guides whilst the country is in lockdown. If you don’t have guides ready to go, we may be able to help! Inspiring Music, Bedfordshire, Hounslow Music Service, Barking and Dagenham Community Music ServiceBuckinghamshire Music Trust and Warwick Music Groups have kindly shared their guides – get in touch with us at if you have guides you can share with the wider membership or to let us know guides you need.

Two supplements to Nigel M Taylor’s Developing Organisational Resilience document.

In light of the unprecedented challenges to “normal” ways of working, thinking and planning,
brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the brief for this supplement was to:

• Offer some thoughts to music education organisations on dealing with the “now”
• Discuss an emerging trend, and some associated issues
• Set out a few thoughts on the future
• Remind colleagues of the original Organisational Resilience document

The supplements cannot, and will not, pretend to be comprehensive. Instead, the can only be a
snapshot-response to a brief set in the most fast-paced of changing scenarios and challenges. Its
contents are, for the most part, common sense. But its intention is to try to be helpful in these most turbulent of times.

Arts Council have funded Supplement #2 (July 2020) to support Hubs in creating their business stabilisation plans.

Shared by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the PDF is advice from a psychologist around how to speak with young people about Coronavirus (covid-19).

Music Mark has collated information on how Music Education providers can adapt their provision for online learning including some key safeguarding considerations for this new way of working.