Corona and music lessons: How does it fit together, or does it even go together? Uta Rathmer-Schumacher answers this question , Regional director for Sendenhorst and Albersloh of the school for music in the Warendorf district.
“The corona virus has been shaking up our public life for almost a year now and of course it doesn’t stop at the music school,” explains the regional director. However, music lessons are very diverse, and just as diverse are the creative solutions that the teachers of the school for music have developed in order to be able to maintain as much of their lessons as possible.
Singing, of all things, which should be the focus of the work, may not take place at all or only to a very limited extent this school year.
One focus of the music school work in Sendenhorst and Albersloh is the “JeKits” lesson with the specialist focus “Singing”. This is firmly anchored in the two primary schools and so, as long as face-to-face teaching was possible in the school, “JeKits” was also on the schedule. “But singing, of all things, which should be the focus of the work, may not take place at all or only to a very limited extent in this school year,” writes the singing teacher.
Creative solutions for teaching
Both teachers – Marlies Bozzetti in Albersloh and Ute Rathmer-Schumacher in Sendenhorst – had to find creative, new solutions. Together they thought about new teaching concepts and content for the children.
And if the gyms in both schools were not occupied by other classes, it was even possible to sing at a great distance or with divided groups. “For the children, these were little, happy evasions during the songless time,” the regional manager looks back. And so Christmas carols were recorded on the school’s own “Advent radio” in Albersloh, and the parents of the “JeKits” children in Sendenhorst received sung Advent mail sent to their cell phones. When it comes to homeschooling, too, the “JeKits” children regularly receive “Singposts” from their two teachers, and they are happy about their students’ answers.
Everything is digital
Early musical education in Albersloh continues in a digital way: song sheets, videos, worksheets, exercise and handicraft ideas would be gladly accepted by parents and children and provided many employment opportunities for children and parents.
Making music also gains a new meaning for the children in lockdown: If at “normal” times practicing has to be neglected because of the packed afternoons, many students now have much more peace and quiet and time to occupy themselves with their instrument.
All teachers use the various online platforms such as Zoom, Skype and Facetime to teach their students.
The Music School in Sendenhorst and Albersloh has been offering instrumental lessons for many years. And this was switched to distance teaching just a week after the first lockdown began. “All teachers use the various online platforms such as Zoom, Skype and Facetime to teach their students,” says Uta Rathmer-Schumacher. Music is also eagerly played in lockdown: piano, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, flute and recorder. Even if one or the other student was initially a little skeptical whether this would work, a predominantly positive balance could be drawn.
“Church asylum” in the Ludgerus House
After the first lockdown, the attendance should quickly go back in early summer, which was a difficult time for the music school. There was a general entry ban in the school buildings so that the classrooms were not available.
Therefore the Catholic parish jumped and granted “church asylum”: The lessons could take place in the Ludgerus house. In Sendenhorst, the “hotspot” was used. “If the pandemic allows, the music students will thank the parish with a small concert,” explains Uta Rathmer-Schumacher.
Even in the current lockdown, online lessons are again well received and run smoothly as long as there is sufficient WiFi. The city provided the school for music with an online workplace. This also makes online lessons possible for teachers without enough internet at home.
Anyone who wants to register children or has any questions can contact the School for Music, [email protected] and 0 25 81/53 43 07, or Uta Rathmer-Schumacher, 0 23 82/76 65 00 and 01 51 / 21 47 84 73, turn.