Earlier this year, we announced that the Summer School Music Program would be going ahead in January 2021 and we have remained optimistic that we would be able to come together for our yearly gathering of learning, music making and networking.
However, the course of the pandemic is unpredictable and in this uncertain climate it is necessary that we cancel any plans for a face-to-face Summer School. The ever-present threat of infection, restrictions on gathering, health advice about singing and playing, ongoing border closures, travel restrictions and quarantine periods means that it is not possible to guarantee the viability of our usual program. The safety of our staff and participants is our priority and it is essential that we do all we can to assist in minimising the spread of the virus.
The good news is that we are in the process of finalising our plans for a week of online sessions that you can see from the comfort of your own home or studio. There will be a dedicated pedagogy stream for classroom educators, choral conductors, and instrumental and studio teachers as well as an additional stream for performers – pianists, instrumentalists and singers.
We will have many of our usual presenters involved but the flexibility of an online program allows us to include new faces and ideas with an expanded range of national and international presenters. This program will provide a chance to reflect on our teaching practice, expand our thinking and meet with colleagues from all over Australia and the world!
The program will have a morning block of sessions from 8:30 – 12:30 (30 minutes break between each session) and an evening block from 16:00 – 20:00 (again with 30 minutes between each session). This means that we can include an extensive line-up of international presenters from a range of time zones and happily there is a long break for a swim, a long lunch or a siesta!
Details on the scope of this program will be available soon but in the meantime, make sure you’re following our Facebook page for any further updates. To be added to our mailing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to seeing you all in the the Online Summer School Music Program from January 11th – 15th!