The music plays on for Tameside’s young musicians

Arts & Education

Coronavirus restrictions aren't preventing Tameside's talented young musicians from honing their skills.

With schools only open to vulnerable children and those of key workers, Tameside Music Service is restricted on providing face-to-face lessons.

But the service has moved online, using internet platforms to fill bedrooms and lounges across the borough with the sound of music.

Staff have prepared a host of online resources for their students to access, which are now live, and have been contacting parents with details and log-ins.

They're able to provide tutorials, send backing tracks for students to play along to, listen to and watch clips of students' performances, and send feedback.

Resources have also been sent to schools to support the children still attending and the service is using social media to reach out to parents who are home-schooling and spread some musical positivity.

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council Executive Member for Lifelong Learning, said: "Tameside Music Service does a great job and this is a wonderful way of continuing to teach and inspire our young musicians during the current restrictions. By using the latest technology the service is continuing to educate and entertain our young people and keeping the music playing in homes across the borough.

"I'd like to thank everyone involved for their hard work in setting up and providing this service and I can't wait to hear our young musicians perform live again once we have overcome this virus."

Tameside Music Service's tutors are qualified, experienced and professional music teachers and musicians from all backgrounds who work with around 6,000 young people from across the borough. They believe everyone should have the opportunity to hear, learn about and make music.

For all the latest on Tameside Music Service, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @tameside_music. Anyone who has not received their log-in, or who wants to sign up for the service, is asked to get in touch.

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