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Aylesbury Music Centre bringing students together, virtually

Members of the music centre are being kept engaged in their studies thanks to challenges and group projects.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 1:27pm 12th May 2020. (Updated at 1:42pm 12th May 2020) 3-minute read.

Aylesbury Music Centre bringing students together, virtually

Music students in Buckinghamshire are continuing their lessons despite lockdown. 

Aylesbury Music Centre, along with the other sites in High Wycombe and Amersham, are making sure their students keep up with their learning. 

The usual time table of the centres is being stuck to through virtual chats and video calls. 

Fay is an area leader for Bucks Music Trust, who run the centres, and she explains why its so important they keep going: 

"We're getting sent the maths homework, we are getting sent the English homework, we're getting sent the core subjects. But actually music, understandably, has slipped off the curriculum for schools. But we are here, we can fill in that gap with out music centre members.

"We have changed the way we operate and are now running virtual music centres. So, all our activities are running online."

However, the music centre is about more than lessons and during lockdown the teachers are continuing to engage membranes in other ways.

Every 2 weeks 'Gutari Lounge: Lockdown' is held, which is their virtual open mic night where people perform together.

The teachers have also been challenging students to play a minute of an artist the music centre has selected, so far there have been renditions of Queen, and even Disney. 

Fay explains the latest project:

"Is a huge project, we've been working on all our music centre members playing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'. 

"Its been a brilliant project working together with the kids, they just sound amazing. It's going to be so exciting for them to hear themselves."

The music centres are still open to new students as Fay explains:

"For us it has been really important we say yes, because we would normally say yes. We've been starting lessons and they're working really really well. We have been sharing resources, tips and all kids of things among the teachers that have helped make these lessons work over our platforms. 

"We have been able to secure funding for families whose income has been affected by COVID-19 as well. So we are able to provide grants to children whose parents could not afford lessons because their incomes have changed. We have also been very lucky to have received some donations for that form parents and other people so we can continue to offer this."

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