Half day summer camps, Health Precautions, Fall Planning
August 2020 Update
I hope you and your families have been enjoying the summer together and have found new activities to pursue, new ways to connect with friends, and (partially successful) ways to balance working from home and changed lifestyles. It has surely been a struggle for many of us but we will adapt and grow and be grateful for the return of many things we have taken for granted in the past.
Please read below for updates on Private Lessons, Fall Group Classes, and modified Summer Camp programs available in August for kids, including an Exam Boot camp for preteens/teens that will focus on the Ear tests, Sight Tests and Technique needed to prepare for RCM Violin & Cello Exams, as well as the Written Theory Courses needed to earn diplomas.
Congratulations to all who participated in our Collaborative Music Videos! Scroll to watch the newest releases (I Gotta Feeling and Frere Jacques).
Private lessons are now being offered in-person, as well as over Zoom. You can develop new skills like shifting and vibrato, prepare for an examination, or learn to play your favourite song! Contact me to book your first lesson! Private Lesson Covid-19 Procedure Policies.
Fall 2020Group Classes will resume Sept 14.
I am very excited to get to meet with our musicians in person again! Class sizes will be adjusted so that we can maintain physical distancing during rehearsals - 5-10 students at a time only. Masks will be required during group classes. We have increased our cleaning protocols, and hand sanitizer is available upon arrival and departure. Parents and care-givers will be asked to remain outside during pickups/dropoffs to help keep the entry clear. Students attending lessons in the front room will be asked to use the front entrance off Upper James St. The class schedule will be posted at the start of September, but groups will still meet on the same nights as in the past.
There will be virtual class options for those who aren't yet comfortable in joining us in person, and so all students can keep up on weeks they are feeling ill and unable to attend an in-person class.
A modified version of our Summer Music Camp will run: August 10-14 – Senior Camp (ages 10 – 14)
August 17-21 – Junior Camp (ages 6 – 10)
August 24-28 – Senior Camp (ages 10 – 14)
Aug 31-Sept 4 – Exam Boot Camp (RCM Level 5+)
There are some significant changes to our regular Music Camp procedures and we ask that all families review these procedures before registering and/or attending a camp.
Camps will be offered as half-day programs only, from 10am-2pm, Monday-Friday.
The sibling discount will not be available this year.
Masks will be mandatory when indoors and when physical distancing is not possible
Excursions to recreation centre pools will not be a part of this year’s programming
To ensure we can implement the required social distancing measures, camp enrolment numbers have been reduced to 10 per week.
To assist with planning and ensure programs run smoothly, only kids who have previously attended BCMC or have participated in private or group music classes at Bel Canto are eligible.
I am excited to see our musicians back in the studio!