Monday March 16 2020
To all our valued NMA Family,
Due to growing concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), from today, Monday 16th March 2020, all National Music Academy students will have the option to take their lessons online via video conferencing if they do not wish to attend their campus in person. At the moment, this is completely optional, and if you still wish to attend your lessons in person, you are still welcome to attend your lessons as scheduled. However, given the ever-changing nature of the situation, this may change in the coming days or weeks. We will keep everyone updated as soon as any changes are made.
We’ll be using a program called Whereby which is browser based video conferencing, so you don’t need to download an app, you’ll just need the link to connect with your teacher.
If you wish to take a video lesson:
1. Please notify our administration by emailing email@example.com only – please don’t call if you can avoid it, as we may in coming days or weeks have more of our administrative team working remotely. The more notice you can give us the better if you will be doing your lessons online, as our teachers do need a bit of extra time to prepare for video lessons.
2. CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TEACHER'S WHEREBY LINK
3. Set up the device you will be using for the lesson prior to the lesson time. We recommend using the largest screen you have (e.g. laptop or iPad) but if you are limited to a phone, that’s fine too.
4. Have headphones plugged in if you have them, this will improve the audio quality greatly.
5. Find a way to prop up the device so that you can be seen. It’s ideal if the teacher can see as much of the student’s body as possible, while the student can still see the screen without having to turn or move out of shot. A tripod or stand is good, but a stack of books can also work!
6. Have your lesson content – books, sheet music, backing tracks or exercises – with you and ready to go before the lesson.
7. If you can set up using a wired (Ethernet) internet connection that is ideal, however if that’s not possible maybe ask other family members to avoid streaming movies or playing video games during the lesson time.
8. Please note students are responsible for being online and ready to go at their scheduled lesson time.
That’s it, it’s as simple as that! If this is your first experience with online lessons, you might be surprised how effective they are and how similar they are to normal in-person lessons. They also have the added advantage of letting teachers see how students practice at home, so they can give personalised advice regarding practice set up.
If you're having any issues getting connected, you can always call or SMS:
Gianni (Director) 0434827058
Loretta (Manager) 0481835766
Rachel (Assistant Manager) 0498165532
For students still attending lessons in person:
1. All students must wash their hands upon arrival at the campus and before leaving.
2. Teachers will be wiping down equipment between lessons, however please ensure you are bringing your own instrument (guitar, drumsticks, woodwind/brass instruments, DJ controllers) wherever possible to avoid unnecessary sharing of equipment.
3. If you are feeling at all unwell, PLEASE STAY HOME and take advantage of our online lessons instead.
Thank you for your consideration and co-operation at this time.
National Music Academy