COVID-19 UPDATE - The Vocal Academy is now offering online lessons and limited face to face lessons. Please support our freelance tutors by continuing to have lessons. Please contact your tutor to check how they are currently delivering lessons or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out info or to book.
It goes without saying that at the moment, the safest way for us to deliver lessons is online. Between our Bristol tutors, we should be able to find a slot that suits you. Lessons can be taught via Skype or Zoom. It may seem a bit strange at first but we have all been delivering lessons online for some time so we will talk you through how to do it and put you at ease in no time! If you choose to have lessons online, they will send you pre recorded warm ups and exercises that you can practice between sessions.
Tablet/computer/device to make a video call
A separate device to play music on (preferred)
Face to Face Sessions
Lucia is the only tutor able to offer lessons in person in line with current government legusation. She ha put together her own personalised risk assessment and implemented procedures to ensure that her teaching space is Covid secure. These have been set up in accordance with current government guidelines which are monitored by TVA regularly. To make sure that all new joiners are safe, brief instructions will be sent out to all students before their first face to face session. We have limited spaces available for lessons to allow time to clean equipment, air spaces and to avoid people crossing over. Please contact us before making any bookings and check that you are happy with the student guidance (below).
Please inform your tutor or TVA if you fall into any of the following categories:
Clinically extremely vulnerable
People with symptoms of coronavirus
Groups who may be at higher risk of poorer outcomes.
If you do fall into any of the above categories, your tutor will discuss with you what your risks are and identify a way to move forward safely. Any information you disclose will be held confidentially though your tutor may go to myself, Lu Bristow (TVA founder) to consult about the situation.
If any singers booked in for face to face lessons come down with symptoms of Coronavirus, please contact us immediately. If your lesson is due within the next 48 hrs, we can offer an online lesson as a replacement. If over 48 hrs notice is given, we can put the lesson on hold until such a time when you feel well enough to return/you have tested negative for the virus. If you come down with symptoms after your lesson, please also contact us so that we can inform tutors.
If Bristol goes into a local lockdown: If your lesson is due within the next 48 hrs, we can offer an online lesson as a replacement. Over 48 hrs and we will offer the option of online lessons or can put the lessons on hold until we can return to face to face lessons.
Government guidelines are changing all of the time and new scientific studies are regularly meaning shifts in how we can deliver lessons. We are watching daily for new changes. This will be ongoing for quite some time and is a concern for many people's livelihoods, especially those in the arts. This is a new way of working for all of us and a learning curve. If you ever have any questions or feedback on the way we run our sessions throughout this period please do let us know.
Finally thank you for your patience and support throughout this period. We don't know where we would be without our music and without our students!!
Lu Bristow (TVA).