2020/03/17

Dear students and parents,

The news on how to control the coronavirus has been going round in the last few days. The recent decision to close all public and private music schools until the end of the Easter holidays, in addition to many other institutions, also affects the Global Music School. We are obliged to follow the official orders of the health department.

This means that temporarily no more lessons can take place in our rooms at Bergmannstr. 29.

Above all, the current situation requires from all of us a great deal of prudence, mutual understanding and solidarity with each other. This applies in general to wide areas of social life, and in the same way to the Global Music School.

However, we don’t want to sit back and wait comfortably in the crisis mode, but together with our teachers we will try to fulfil our contractual obligations in the best possible way with a lot of imagination and creativity. How this can be done in each individual case is best discussed directly with the respective lecturer.

An important solution could be to switch to online lessons as far as possible or other alternative forms of teaching such as compact workshops, summer schools and the like. In view of the mandatory official orders to reduce social contacts to a minimum, we ask you as our customers to please accept this offer, even though we are aware that online learning does not provide the same kind of direct exchange possible with contact teaching.

In view of the dramatic economic consequences that the closure of the Global Music School will have for our teachers as well as for the Global Music School as a whole, we ask you for your kind support and loyalty to the contract. We need the monthly course fees to be able to pay the fees to our teachers. With the course fee you will be directly supporting the independent musicians who are particularly hard hit by the current crisis.

With this letter we would like to thank you for the trust and solidarity you have shown to us. As a sign of our thankfulness we would like to offer each student a voucher for 4 x 60 minutes (teacher and course of his/her choice; for children’s courses 4 x 30 minutes).

As soon as the Global Music School is officially open again, the voucher will be available for you in our office.

We are also currently discussing the possibilities of a solidarity-based contract model. The idea here is that everyone who can and wants to pay into a fund, voluntarily, a higher monthly contribution. With the surplus money we can then use to lower the monthly contributions of those who are currently particularly affected by the corona crisis and who would otherwise no longer be able to afford the fees. We would be pleased to receive feedback and constructive ideas on this proposal.

We are convinced that our society is essentially based on cultural exchange and artistic activity, across social, cultural and geographical borders. This is what the Global Music School has always been committed to. We want to continue to make our contribution to this in the future.

We thank you for your support!

All the best for the future!

Stay healthy, cheerful, positive and in good spirits and take care of yourself and your loved ones!

Your GMA-Team.

 


 

2020/03/13

Dear students and parents,

We are confronted by the problem of the rapidly increasing numbers of people being infected with corona virus in Europe, Germany and also Berlin. In addition, more and more major public events are being cancelled and schools and other public institutions are also being closed. For this reason we have to take account of the developing situation and prepare for it as best we can without panicking.

At the moment it is not yet clear to any of us how the crisis will develop – and it is impossible to predict this reliably – but it can be assumed that the virus will spread and that more restrictions associated restrictions with the spread will come into effect.

At the moment it is not yet clear to any of us how the crisis will develop – and it is impossible to predict this reliably – but it can be assumed that the virus will spread and that more restrictions associated restrictions with the spread will come into effect.

We are therefore implementing the following measures:

  1. Continuation of lessons on site as far and as long as possible (> please observe hygienic measures).
  2. Establishment of an offer of online lessons for all those who do not want to or cannot come to Bergmannstr. 29.
  3. Postponement of cancelled lessons in March to the following months: April, May, June

How we will proceed if a large-scale closure of facilities occurs, which also affects our music school, so that we are forced to close down, cannot be conclusively clarified today.

A complete closure of our institution for several months represents a serious financial threat and burden, both for each individual teacher and for the GMA as a whole.
We will therefore try to continue teaching as far as this is possible under the circumstances, but always with a watchful eye on the health of all students, teachers and staff.

This means: if a teacher does not feel well and shows signs of infection, we ask the person concerned to cancel the lesson as a precautionary measure and to be tested for corona virus infection. We recommend the same precaution to our students: If you suspect that you have been infected or have been in close contact with infected persons, please cancel the lessons.

We appeal to the personal responsibility of our entire team, all students and parents!

Stay healthy, cheerful, positive and in good spirits and take care of yourself and your loved ones!

Strengthen your immune system with artistic, spiritual and natural food!

Together we will also master this challenge!

Your GMA-Team

Global Music Academy