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Making Zoom sessions better for you


We’re all getting more used to joining meetings on line or making short recordings etc. We know it might seem strange at first when you record yourself playing or singing, but once you’ve done it a couple of times, you’ll realise how easy it is.

We’ve prepared a very short video clip to help anyone who hasn’t yet tried to record themselves.  Have a listen and try it for yourself:

Its really easy to record a video whilst playing along to a click track – Josh Pope explains how.

Remember:

Nobody will be able to hear you as an individual on the video which we produce: you’ll be part of your usual ensemble.

So – let’s have everyone taking part this Christmas, and enjoy being part of it


Subs:  The subs for this half-term will be £2 a week which will help towards costs.  These are payable half-termly as usual.  [A number of members have over-payments from last term, but we would prefer to sort out these when we return to ‘normal’.  For the moment, it would be helpful for everyone to pay £12 for this half-term please].


Safeguarding:  The SDMC Virtual Meeting Policy is on page 25 in the SDMC Handbook of Policies (on the Information Page)


Music Centre Subscriptions

SDMC is self-financed through pupils’ subscriptions, grants and donations.

From September 2019, the trustees have agreed that there will be an increase in subs in order to maintain the financial viability of the Centre.  We’ve spoken to a number of parents about ‘value for money’ from the Centre, and the overwhelming feedback is that compared with other out-of-school activities, we do provide very good value.

We’re proud that we have an excellent team of committed teachers who strive to give each child and young person the best music experiences possible in the area.  In addition there are always staff on hand to help individuals where necessary

From September: 2019, the subscriptions will be:
£3.50 per week for all choirs and bands who rehearse on Tuesday evenings. 
£4.50 per week for bands which rehearse on Friday evenings and Swing Band.  

There is no additional charge for young people who take part in more than one ensemble or attend both Tuesday and Friday activities. If you only attend Percussion Ensemble or Swing Band subs are per session.

Please speak in confidence with our Centre Coordinator if this increase presents a difficulty for your family.