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18 September 2020

Michaelmas term 2020 sees individual instrumental lessons continuing for Westminster City School pupils.

Music remains at the heart of our School so, even during lockdown, instrumental lessons took place remotely for many of our pupils. With everyone now back at Palace Street, our School’s individual instrumental lessons in brass, strings and woodwind, plus piano, guitar and drums, can take place in real-life once again.

Mr Cecile, from our Music Department, explains: “Our Michaelmas term would normally see our ensemble groups rehearsing each week, as we prepare for our forthcoming concerts. We are disappointed that, at present, such activity cannot take place. Yet we are thrilled that our individual instrumental lessons can continue, with pupils and our peripatetic music team meeting at Westminster City School.

“There are so many benefits to learning a musical instrument – it teaches you to persevere, to manage your time and to be responsible, whilst also building creativity and confidence. Music allows you to express yourself and has been shown to relieve stress, which are obvious beneficial for all young people following the challenges of lockdown.”

Individual instrumental lessons at Westminster City School run during the school day, making use of our Music Department’s rehearsal rooms, which are regularly cleaned and a suitable size for safe social distancing. As well as experiencing the joy of learning an instrument, and developing valuable skills, pupils can also choose to take their ABRSM and Trinity Grade examinations.

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