KEEP MUSIC SCHOOLS OPEN - MUSIC EDUCATION IS STILL EDUCATION.
 

Students all over the country are being deprived of learning music. We want the government to recognise music schools as an important part of the education sector and to allow them to continue individual face-to-face lessons through national and local COVID19 restrictions whilst adhering to safety guidelines.

Smaller education facilities are extremely important to our communities and youth. Why? Because…
 

  • They provide a standard of education unmatched by large-scale teaching. These students go on to become essential to our community’s arts and entertainment scenes.
     

  • This ‘extracurricular’ learning is vital to some children, enabling them to engage in a subject where they can flourish. This is particularly important for those with developmental disorders or impairments and those who have been failed by conventional education.
     

  • Learning music face-to-face is a lifeline for many, supporting good mental and physical health.
     

  • Learning motivates and engages us; it keeps our minds and bodies active.
     

  • Musicians and artists who have already faced serious financial hardship are now unable to teach – a second career which often forms part of their general income.
     

We are launching the #keepmusicschoolsopen campaign and would be extremely grateful of your support by:
 

  • Sharing our posts on Instagram and Facebook and help us to create some noise. You can use our green square image and use our hashtags #keepmusicschoolsopen #weareeducation
     

  • Writing to your local MP to tell them why it is so important your local music school stays open. You can find out who your local MP is HERE and use our email template below for inspiration.
     

  • Signing the petition: HERE
     

Dear [INSERT NAME]

As my local MP and representative, I would like to inform you of my sincere disappointment that smaller education facilities are not being recognised by the government’s decision to only allow Schools, Colleges and Universities as education provision. Students all over the country are being deprived of learning music and already struggling music teachers (most of whom are also working musicians) face serious financial hardship. The government should recognise music schools as an important part of the education sector and to allow them to continue individual face-to-face lessons through national and local COVID19 restrictions whilst adhering to safety guidelines.
 

Smaller education facilities are extremely important to our communities and youth for the following reasons:
 

  • They provide a standard of education unmatched by large-scale teaching. These students go on to become essential to our community’s arts and entertainment scenes.
     

  • This ‘extracurricular’ learning is vital to some children, enabling them to engage in a subject where they can flourish. This is particularly important for those with developmental disorders or impairments and those who have been failed by conventional education.
     

  • Learning an instrument is a lifeline for many, supporting good mental and physical health.
     

  • Learning motivates and engages us; it keeps our minds and bodies active.
     

  • Musicians and artists who have already faced serious financial hardship are now unable to teach – a second career which often forms part of their general income.
     

By shutting these educational facilities, we are depriving people of an education. I urge you to call for smaller educational facilities (particularly those who teach one to one, where all items can be cleaned and sanitised between use and transmission rates are miniscule) to be allowed to resume in-person teaching. We should not be denying their students the opportunity to learn.  
 

Regards,

[YOUR FULL NAME, FULL ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER]
 

Let the music be heard. #keepmusicschoolsopen #weareeducation

 

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