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Suggestions for Music Lessons during Covid-19

For Teachers, Parents & Students:

The Province of Ontario has declared a State of Emergency on March 17th (read here). Although a "lockdown" has not been instituted, ORMTA advises that teachers teach lessons online.

• If you have not previously taught via video conferencing, please take some time to research your options and equipment needed. There are many resources available for this, some of which are listed to the right and have also  been shared on ORMTA's social media pages.

• If you are teaching in a more rural area and the internet is not as reliable, you may be able to use your cell phone's data to connect. Many providers now offer unlimited data but please check with them for any costs that may be incurred.

Should in-person lessons continue:

• Students should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer as soon as they arrive for their lesson

• Teachers should use alcohol based wipes on their instrument and other surfaces that students would be using

• If students are experiencing any symptoms of cold or flu (sneezing, coughing, runny nose, fever, upset stomachs, etc.) they should not attend their lesson

• If a student arrives for their lesson and is not feeling well, a teacher may ask that they return home immediately

• If students are not experiencing any symptoms but wish to stay home out of caution, teachers may conduct an online lesson (using FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc...)

ORMTA Affairs:

• ORMTA recommends that all Branch and Zone Competitions which are planned prior to April 5th be postponed. We have also extended the deadline to submit applications for the Provincial Competitions to July 15th. 

Financial Options for Teachers:

• If it is not possible to teach either in-person or online, and you have been contributing to Employment Insurance, please look into your EI benefits should you require financial assistance. EI specifications are now broadened to include anyone who cannot work because of public health precautions.

• If it is not possible to teach at all, and you do not have Employment Insurance, the Canadian Government has announced a Covid-19 Economic Response Plan for those who will be unable to earn income. If you require financial assistance please review this plan hereWe would encourage all members to consider contributing to EI in the future. Here are some helpful links:
  • EI Benefits

• At this time, ORMTA Membership Invoices are scheduled to be sent out in April with a due date of July 1st. ORMTA is monitoring the situation closely and will make adjustments to policy as required.

As the situation evolves, please use the links above to keep up to date and use your discretion regarding travel or attending or teaching lessons.