Restart Music Lessons and Singing in Northern Ireland Schools

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The Department of Education has announced music lessons and singing will not be allowed to resume despite the full return of schools on 12th April.

Our young musicians need music now more than ever. The endless benefits of learning an instrument, singing and making music together in ensemble settings are extremely well documented, including importantly the impact on their emotional  and mental health. 

From October to December music lessons were provided in schools with social distancing and other mitigation measures in place - all in keeping with 'Music Unlocked'. We understand this is not a risk free activity but given the full return of schools and resumption of sports for up to 15 participants we believe we can safely provide music lessons in accordance with the guidance set out in 'Music Unlocked' once again. 

They have advised that this is based on PHA advice regarding 'the new variant'. This becomes confusing when you consider that the English government instructed schools to ensure music lessons are continued, similar in Wales and 1 to 1 lessons for those preparing for assessments allowed in Scotland - all since March. No specific information has been published to explain the stark contrast in the interpretation of the data between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. 

Please sign so can began to provide the young musicians of Northern Ireland the enormous benefits of music learning once again. 

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