Friday 24 April 2020

MiSST at Home: music education charity takes its mentoring and teaching on-line

MiSST at the London Palladium
MiSST at the London Palladium
Music in Secondary Schools Trust (MiSST) is going on-line to enable it to continue its work of offering young people access to an arts education. [Read my interview with Truda White of MiSST].  MiSST at Home supports its students while lockdown measures remain in place, with students collaborating to learn and teach the BBC Ten Pieces arrangement of Finlandia by Sibelius in the charity’s first virtual orchestra.

Each week advanced students on the programme, with oversight from the charity’s leaders, will record practice videos to share with other students who are then invited to practice their parts as part of the orchestra, bringing them together from the comfort of their own home. The charity is also working to deliver its Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme to years 7, 8 and 9 via online resources. They include video theory lessons and instrumental lessons for violin, clarinet and flute, enabling thousands of students across the UK to complete the curriculum that they would have benefited from over the remainder of the academic year.

This project ensures that all students on MiSST programmes continue to be engaged and are progressing whilst we remain in lockdown. The students partaking in the virtual orchestra have the opportunity to harness vital leadership and teaching skills, whilst also learning valuable practical skills such as how to film and upload videos. The Saturday music school students are given the structure to keep them motivated and give them the opportunity to stay connected with their peers as they face these turbulent times. MiSST has also offered in-school support for the children of key workers in all MiSST schools.

Further information from the MiSST website,

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