Update: COVID-19 Restrictions for the Studio Teacher
The Victorian State Government directive is still in force - if you can stay at home, you must stay at home. While some minor easing of current restrictions came into effect on Tuesday 12 May, the government is still enforcing hygiene and social distancing measures to combat coronavirus. Premier Daniel Andrews has outlined a staged reopening of schools across the state, which will see students transition back to face-to-face learning during the period 26 May to 9 June. In most cases, special conditions will apply including stringent cleaning, monitoring of personal hygiene, social distancing for staff, and parents/carers not being allowed to enter the school grounds.
Therefore, given that schools are being treated separately, with special conditions imposed, it is our advice that teachers working in their own studio continue to offer lessons remotely, regardless of the Premier allowing schools to re-open across the state.
This aligns with best practice and ensures no misinterpretation of the restrictions or any consequences for disregarding them. When the Victorian Government announces a further easing of restrictions, we recommend that the situation be reviewed again. As studio teachers are independent business owners, we can only advise what appears to be the best way to maximise health safety for all concerned, with consideration of the ongoing health risks of utmost importance.
Welcome to the Victorian Music Teachers' Association
The VMTA provides access to professionally qualified and accredited teachers, as well as general advice about music education.
We are the recognised peak body of the instrumental music teaching profession in Victoria, and the place to find a great teacher. Our members are listed on our website and can be found by teaching area and location.
Our overall purpose is to bring together music teaching professionals and to support, facilitate and promote high standards of teaching in Victoria. We encourage music teachers to improve the quality of their teaching while at the same time providing students with access to quality teachers. More broadly, our mission is to foster an appreciation of music in the community.
Our members benefit from a wide range of services including professional development, student performance opportunities and advice. Our recommended teaching rates are used as a benchmark by teachers, employers and the wider community.
“The VMTA has been an important part of my career as a performer and teacher and I am most grateful for the opportunity. It is my sincere belief that all qualified teachers should be a member of a professional organisation such as VMTA”.
Michael Smith, BEd (Mus), AMusA, MIMT, ANZCA Music Examiner
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