Updates on UVMC's COVID-19 response, including tuition assistance due to income loss. Details

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COVID-19 Update from UMVC

UVMC will continue lessons, group classes, concerts and events online until further notice. In-person activities will resume when we are safely able to gather in person again. Check this website for updates.

UVMC is closely following updates from the CDC, NH Department of Health and Human Services, and the City of Lebanon’s COVID-19 Response.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

Upper Valley Music Center Office
M-F, 10 am – 6 pm
(603) 448-1642 / info@uvmusic.org

Looking for tips, suggestions, and help with technology for your online learning experience? Please reference our Student Guide to Online Lessons.

Lessons and Group Classes Online

With many unknowns about the upcoming year, we have been working hard to create a plan for 2020-21 programming that provides flexibility, lowers risk to students, families, faculty, and staff, and above all, continues to provide high quality music education and music making experiences.

Current New Hampshire and CDC guidance for in-person business activity significantly limits our use of indoor spaces, especially the UVMC building. Facility limitations like the size of some studios combined with the many potential disruptions from exposure and screening procedures, and the significant costs associated with implementing health protocols have shaped our planning.

Recognizing that this year’s programming, regardless of the format, will take place in a new environment, we have determined that the best approach is to design specifically for this environment: for the 2020-21 year, UVMC will offer a core of updated online programming, supplemented by in-person activities for students and families who opt-in, offered by faculty who opt-in.

Updated online programming has both benefits and challenges. In the Student Survey we conducted, 73% rated their online experience at UVMC as ‘Very Good – Excellent’, and 93% rated their experience as Good or higher (out of 295 responses). After four months of offering online programming, we also know what the challenges are, both from our Faculty’s analysis and from survey responses. Using what we have learned, we will be updating online lessons and group classes for the Fall to build on the advantages and address challenges.

Supplemental in-person activities will be offered to enhance the online learning experience. The focus will be on activities like playing duets or small, multi-part ensembles, where the online lesson or class can be used to prepare for the in-person activity. Faculty are currently designing these activities, but they also may be designed and announced throughout the term as needed. These activities will be individually scheduled, and most likely not more than once per month per lesson or class. You will also see some brand new class and ensemble offerings like the ‘Zoom-berry’ Body Percussion & Humming Chorus (an online offering, which may have an in-person final concert in the Spring if conditions allow). All in-person offerings are subject to change as circumstances require.

Faculty and staff will be working hard over the next few weeks to finalize details for Fall offerings. Look for an announcement and registration to open on August 5.

Tuition Assistance

We know that many people throughout the Upper Valley are experiencing loss of income due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19. If you find yourself in this situation now or in the coming year, we want you to know that tuition assistance is available for UVMC programs.

Many of you have told us how much connection and comfort music is providing right now. Our goal is that everyone can continue to get this support no matter what. To make this possible, we are tapping the power of our community to raise additional funds for Tuition Assistance through the summer and coming school year.

If you are in need, please fill out this form or reach out to the UVMC office. Bekah (info@uvmusic.org/(603)448-1642) can assist with Tuition Assistance questions.

Support Tuition Assistance

To ensure that music remains available for Upper Valley families, UVMC has launched a $50,000 campaign to fund Tuition Assistance through the 2020-21 school year.

As we face isolation, anxiety, grief, and often an unpredictable mix of the three, gathering virtually to make music has provided routine, the relief of friendly faces, and, most profoundly, a chance to share in the expression of the inexpressible. We want to make sure that if a family loses their income, they won’t have to turn to their children and tell them that they are losing their teacher.

If you are able, please support our Tuition Assistance Campaign with a donation.

UVMC’s New Online Programming

UVMC has developed several new online programs in response to social distancing.

Pocket Song Singers meet online to sing short uplifting songs that are easy to learn aurally and work well alone or in a group.

Music Together Online and Rhythm Kids Online takes the early childhood music program and adapts for at-home music making.

Vocal Soundings is a improvisational singing group.