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CONCORD, N.H. – The halls have been quiet at the Concord Community Music School in downtown Concord, New Hampshire – but the homes of our students and faculty have been alive with music! Our deepest appreciation to our teachers and students for such a successful transition to remote instruction in the last few months – thank you for your enthusiasm and patience as we continue to learn and do better. 

For those students and would-be students looking to add to their repertoire this summer, the Music School is offering 15% off regular tuition rates through August. Inquire now to try any of the following private remote summer lessons at this discounted rate: audio production, voice (multiple styles), oboe, bassoon, clarinet, fiddle, flute, French horn, guitar (multiple styles), mandolin, piano (multiple styles), percussion, saxophone, ukulele, bass, viola, and violin. For details, visitwww.ccmusicschool.org or drop a note to registrar@ccmusicschool.org.

One of the most exciting outcomes from our season of remote learning has been hosting seven virtual recitals – featuring some 200 students overall! It’s been a wonderful way to applaud our students’ musical achievements, experiment with performance technologies, and maintain our musical community even though we can’t be together.

We’re also extremely encouraged by the commitment that our students and their families have shown to continuing their music education while staying safe at home. A recent student survey showed a 40% “excellent” and a 45% “good” rating among the 200 who responded to the question, “How would you rate your experience with virtual learning?”

Meantime, Music School music therapist Heather Oberheim, R-DMT has been appearing regularly on Facebook Live so that all kids can benefit from weekly Music & Movement sessions and read-alouds (see www.facebook.com/ccmusicschool) – as well as recording personalized videos for the children in local daycare programs that are accustomed to regular visits from “Miss Heather.” Sunflower Singers director Katy Gibney recorded several real-time singalongs that are now available to view on your own schedule on the Music School’s YouTube channel.

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Our choruses and ensemble members have made the best of an extreme musical challenge. Because sound delay and varying internet speeds make it impossible for singers and players to hear each other in synchrony, these dedicated musicians have sustained their musical friendships with virtual singalongs and magically patched-together performances. We’ll be spending the summer in contact with our colleagues locally and nationally to see what develops for choral singing and instrumental ensembles.

The Music School is actively following the State of New Hampshire re-opening guidelines and the Centers for Disease Control recommendations about the safety of making music together in our building. Our plans for the fall semester are in the works and will be announced in July.

Please visit www.ccmusicschool.org or call 603-228-1196 for more information.

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