At the start of this term we launched our remote peripatetic lessons. For many Peris (and the pupils) this was unknown territory, having to learn new skills and grapple with new technology. Many parents were doubtful, and pupils understandably nervous. But it became clear right from week 1 that these lessons were proving a huge hit.
Attendance is at an all-time high and Peris are truly delighted at how easy it has proved to teach remotely. Although we’d all prefer to be teaching face to face, we are so happy to be able to offer some continuity, and that hugely important creative outlet to our pupils at this time.
Having completed half a term, we sent out a questionnaire to all pupils taking peripatetic music lessons and their parents. We wanted to find out from those ‘on the other end’ how things were really going and if there was anything we could do to improve the pupil experience. Here are the results:
How many 4-5 stars did we receive (the highest rating)?
- How successful overall have the remote individual music lessons been, so far? 80%
- How well has the technology worked for the music lessons? 74%
- How well has the scheduling of the music lessons (time of day) worked? 88%
- How easy is it to communicate with the music teacher on Teams? 96%
We also asked pupils what they miss most about their live face-face lessons, and what they like most about the remote teaching.
Not surprisingly many of them miss being in the same room, and the time lag means they cannot play or ‘jam’ together, but here are some typical quotes that made us smile:
‘Thank you so much for doing these remote music lessons – they are really good! You still get to learn and have lots of fun! Thanks so much!’
‘It’s worked really well and I've thoroughly enjoyed it :)’
‘Continuity of lessons (and a little bit of normality in these uncertain times).’
‘still being able to play music with my teacher!’
‘The best thing about remote music lessons is doing the lessons in a different way because we can learn from it.’
‘You get to keep up with a thing you enjoy doing during lockdown.’
‘That I can still have them and I’m not missing out.’
‘Easily accessible. 90% of the time feels as though we are still in person. Technology permitting!’
‘You can't forget it :) As a parent it's quite nice to get an insight into their relationship with music teachers - all the lessons I've seen in our house are working really well.’
‘For the first time since he started music lessons when he was six I can listen in!’
‘You can still learn really well, whilst you can’t go to School. You don’t have to miss academic lessons, and you can’t miss these lessons. Music is still really fun to play and enjoy. Also, you still get to see your teacher face to face and connect with them. Being really loud and disturbing everyone else at home! Also being able to relax more, because u r in ur own home.’
‘Surprisingly it has been an overwhelmingly positive experience.’
And what did one pupil miss the most?
‘hearing music as you go downstairs!’ We do too, but let’s keep going and soon enough we’ll hear it again on our music department stairs!
PPC Music Department