We will work tirelessly to find the best situation for our school communities and our participating families so that every student who has an interest in learning an instrument, will have the opportunity to do so.
There is an old saying, “May you live in interesting times.” No one knows the true origin of this saying but it is a “Tongue in cheek” way to say that interesting times are often fraught with obstacles.
This pandemic is absolutely challenging us to recreate ourselves on many levels. We at Fundamental Music have always taken pride in being creative and flexible. This time is no different from that viewpoint – we are definitely rising to the challenge and have found new ways to recreate ourselves in a creative and flexible manner.
Presuming there will be a form of Hybrid scheduling at most schools, live, online music lessons will be some of the best ways to continue learning when in school lessons are not possible. Our teachers and staff have worked tirelessly to prepare the best online classes. Students are currently participating and learning in both group classes and individual lessons online.
Fundamental Music has been providing Professional Development for its faculty in order to be most effective in the new environments when our schools reopen. We have been collaborating and developing the best and most effective techniques so each class will be tailored to the needs of the participants.
Fundamental Music demonstrated the ability to provide continuity of instruction during the Spring of 2020. This provides a level of confidence in the ability of our program to operate in any model, with the proper planning
While there are many aspects of instrumental music education that have been successful in remote environments, there is no true replacement for In-person instruction and group ensembles. We will schedule In-person learning as often as is allowable and as often as students are available.
Traditional in school teaching and learning with implementation of guidelines provided by the CDC and the State of New Jersey Department of Health.
A combination of remote and in-person teaching and learning.
Virtual learning through online platforms that occur in real-time. Educators and students meet on a specific virtual platform at a specific time on a regular basis.
Virtual learning through online platforms that occur on the students’ own time with no real-time interaction with the educator.
We have created hundreds of short instructional videos and backing tracks. There is one for every line of music in our curriculum. This will help ensure meaningful, sequential instructional support for any scheduling model adapted.
We have successfully implemented a practice incentive program. Students receive written and Video feedback on the practice sessions that are submitted (in the Spring, we received 7600 submissions).
Teachers will provide individual and small group virtual lessons on a platform approved by the administration.
Teachers have attended professional development sessions on safety and effective teaching strategies regarding remote learning.
All lesson books have been rewritten to an “All in One” format to limit materials distributed during class.
Ensemble music has been written to be flexible and creative in advancement levels so as to ensure meaningful, sequential learning in any scheduling model.
We will use Google Classroom, FlipGrid and Tone Saavy (among other platforms) to support in person or remote learning.
Performances will be Virtual using school-approved platforms.
*Additional Technology Fees May Apply.