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- Important Note from our Director Regarding Fall 2020—7/31/2020
- In-Person vs. Online Private Lesson Info—8/7/2020
- Book Pick-Up Details—8/14/2020
- Facilities Updates--11/23/2020
- Important Note from our Director Regarding Spring 2021--1/6/2021
Important Note from our Director Regarding Spring 2021
Our staff has been working hard to ensure proper 6ft social distancing, air filtration, and sanitation procedures for our limited in-person lessons this past Fall. Take a look at our photos below!
Book Pick-Up for Group Class Students
It’s hard to believe, but our Fall 2020 semester begins September 8th! As our group classes will be remote for the Fall, we are requiring that families sign up to stop by our school at pre-scheduled times over the coming weeks to receive their books for the new semester.
- No more than one person may attend pick-up per timeslot (please do not bring any guests or children with you)
- If you have multiple children, you may receive all your students’ books at the same timeslot.
- A mask must be worn at all times while at YMS Boston.
- By signing up for a timeslot, you are confirming that you have not traveled to any location requiring quarantine upon re-entry to Massachusetts within the last 14 days.
As a reminder, our school address is: 57 Bedford Street, Suite 105, Lexington, MA 02420
Please reach out with any questions. We look forward to seeing you!
In-Person vs. Online Private Lesson Information
- Due to the potential increased risk of virus transmission, the following instruments will not be offered in-person for the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 sessions: voice, woodwinds.
- All group classes will remain online for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.
Teachers Offering In-Person Private Lessons Teachers Offering Online-Only Private Lessons Ms. Hsiu-lan Cheng (piano) Mr. Geofrey Cua (violin/viola) Dr. Miriam Conti Vanoni (piano) Ms. Violeta Dontcheva (piano) Mr. Joe Miterko (piano) Ms. Ayako Hattori (piano) Mr. Nathan Morel (piano) Dr. David Ibbett (composition) Mr. Jared Rocco (piano/guitar ONLY) Ms. Haram Kim (piano) Ms. Mina Osako (piano) Ms. Jee-Lian Parry (piano) Ms. Jace Payackapan (piano/voice) Mr. Michael Pihakis (guitar) Ms. Yuki Shibata (piano) Ms. Amelia Sie (violin/viola) Ms. Jessica Smith (flute) Ms. Beth Sterling (voice) Ms. Lily Symmonds (saxophone) Dr. Charles White (composition/piano)
Important Note from our Director Regarding Fall 2020
Dear Yamaha Music School Students and Parents,
I hope this message finds you and your family well. I wanted to reach out today with some important announcements about YMS Boston. Here in New England, our part of the country has led the way in establishing and adhering to best practices to keep COVID-19 transmission at bay. In uncertain times, it’s reassuring to be a citizen of greater Boston; a community that stands together in times of need and does what is best for one another’s safety and health.
It that spirit, Yamaha Music School of Boston will begin our Fall 2020 semester exclusively offering virtual learning.
For group lessons, we anticipate virtual learning for all group classes to remain virtual through the entirety of the fall semester (September 8th – January 29th), with the goal of offering more in-person or hybrid options in our Spring semester starting in February, 2021.
For private lessons, we plan to offer limited private lessons in-person for those who would prefer this option starting later in the semester. Private lessons availability for in-person will be based on teacher’s ability to teach in-person, facility capacity (in compliance with social distancing regulations) and family/student agreement to in-person guidelines and rules. Private lessons for voice lessons and wind instruments will be exclusively virtual.
Next Friday, August 7th we will announce whom of our teachers will be available for in-person private lessons and details about this option. We will also announce the procedure for picking up new books for our group lesson students. Be sure to have a look at our website for our recently published a COVID-19 page to see the latest information, including our safety precautions for in-person learning or other visits.
YMS Boston is accepting new and continuing student registration for the Fall semester starting on September 8th and we are also still accepting summer students who would like to sign up for a group or private lesson in August. We appreciate your referrals and please be sure to let your friends know they can take part in a high-quality, virtual lesson at Yamaha Music School.
We are so proud to be a part of your lives and hope that our continued virtual learning provides a sense of safety, normalcy, fun and an expressive outlet for all of our students. Someday soon, this will all be a memory and we will be together again. Until then, YMS Boston will be here to ensure that the music plays on.
Thank you all for being a part of YMS Boston and I am available anytime for your questions.