Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Thursday 30 April 2020

Children Are You Ready: Brighton-Based Teachers Help Young People Make Music During Lockdown

School children and young people across Brighton & Hove and East Sussex are being offered online lessons during the Covid-19 lockdown to help them keep making music. 

The education music service run by Brighton & Hove Music & Arts and East Sussex Music normally teaches over 5,000 pupils each week with instrumental and vocal lessons in schools. 

Physical lessons had to be cancelled when schools closed in March and social distancing measures were implemented due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Virtual tutorials have now been set up for children to join live classes online. 

Over 2,000 children have signed up to take part in lessons with professional music teachers beginning from the summer term, today 20th April 2020.  


Peter Chivers, Head of Brighton & Hove Music & Arts said:

"Despite not being able to physically teach pupils, we want to continue to support young musicians with practising their skills while they are in isolation with their families at home. 

"Playing music has been proven to have a positive impact on mental health and now more than ever, children and young people are going to need extra help and encouragement to stay motivated. 

"By providing an online music service we also hope parents and carers can have some respite from the everyday stress of family life during lockdown."  


The music service is encouraging more parents to register so teachers can resume tuition to full capacity and encourage young people to keep making music. 

Pupils who haven't previously taken part in school lessons can still participate in singing tuition or play an instrument available to them at home including wind, string, keyboards and percussion.  

Student Ilyanna Erikson said:

"I really enjoyed my online lesson. It was great to have face-to-face contact with my teacher again. 

"I felt really supported in my playing and how to improve just like the lessons I am used to. 

The technology worked really well and I'm looking forward to my next lesson!"

Lessons will commence online for ten weeks from the school summer term and are suitable for ages 8 to 18. 

Previous musical experience isn't necessary. Subsidised fees and bursaries are available for families on low income. 
 
Musician and Founder of Knight Classical, Alexandra Knight commented:

"Whether we play the piano or sing in the shower, music has the power to nourish our souls quite unlike anything else. In this time of global crisis, it therefore remains as constant and as vital a support as ever. 

As an alumna of BHMA, I was delighted to learn of this inspirational online teaching initiative and fully applaud all those who partake in it!"

For further information or to register visit:

by: Mike Cobley




Share    


Creature Creature can, via the imminent release of their first collection of self-penned tracks, Two Finger Tantrum, be labelled the new flag bearers of rock. The Brighton-based five piece have furrowed a new burrow at the summit of an age old genre. With this debut album they will be looking over their shoulders at the also-rans for many years to come.


Migrate Art, the art organisation fundraising to support displaced and homeless people, has partnered with ten major contemporary artists and illustrators to create limited editions of re-usable, reversible face masks.

Romesh Ranganathan is Straight Outta Crawley, in West Sussex, and on his last nationwide tour, Irrational, he was pondering whether he has an irrational viewpoint on the world or whether that can be attributed to absolutely everyone else.

Returning after four years away, Aidan Knight's penchant for astute observations and personal reflections remains a compelling component of his songwriting.


Young people across the UK will have the chance to find out what it's like to be a record label boss, a film director or a theatre producer through a new podcast series from Lookout that brings together industry professionals from stage, screen and music to share their invaluable insights and experience on how to get into the creative industries.
Credit J. Taylor

Extinction Rebellion Brighton held a socially distanced protest on Hove seafront calling for a bigger public say in how society rebuilds following the coronavirus crisis.
Credit Andrew Gambling

The South Downs National Park photo competition is now open, with a first prize of £250 on offer to the amateur or professional photographer who best captures this year's theme of 'My tranquil haven'.

"In rock music, it's really easy to talk about partying and shagging girls and all that kind of stuff," says Skunk Anansie vocalist Skin. "But for us, what we were singing about had to be deeper, it had to mean something. We had to talk about our experiences and what we were going through."

Throughout COVID-19 isolation, everyone has become aware of the supportive and stimulating power of music. Although many people want to learn, they have no access to musical instruments or tuition - especially with schools and shops currently closed. 
Credit: Andy Sturmey

Barely a year since their debut album Dogrel, Dublin's Fontaines D.C. are set to return with A Hero's Death.

The Rec Rooms is an independent music and comedy venue in Horsham, West Sussex, which was opened by three locals just over eighteen months ago. 

This Saturday, 30th May, Together Co, the Brighton & Hove based charity that exists to end loneliness, is hosting a virtual music festival that will see more than twenty bands perform for free to raise money to help the most vulnerable and isolated.  

Following Brighton Festival's digital programme during lockdown, poet and author Lemn Sissay MBE has confirmed he will return as guest director in 2021. 

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...







Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd