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Keeping afloat during lockdown #2

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These are challenging times.

Like so many of you, we thought we knew what we were doing until March – when the global pandemic meant our face-to-face music classes could not continue.

What were we to do? We scrambled online, blinking and clearing our throats. The Rhythm Tree has been bringing music, joy and connection to Melbourne families at Ceres for more than a decade. Could we achieve what we had been doing in person, using just the internet and what was it called… zoom?

We had to try. Building connection and sparking joy through music classes is our passion. It makes us feel like skipping. It is the reason we get out of bed in the morning (and during the pandemic we must keep getting out of bed in the morning). We knew we had to do everything we could to keep bringing joyful music making to families – within the new parameters of our socially distanced world.

So we began to adapt our in-person program for online audiences. We brainstormed. We researched. We sought feedback from families. We stayed up late.

We asked countless questions to figure out how to adjust to the ‘new normal’.

How could we continue to enrich families’ lives long distance? How could we help families break up long days at home with kids? How could we keep joyful musical vibes alive and thriving in our community?

We restructured our program, retrained our teachers… and stayed up late some more. Finally in April we launched our new online music program! Since then we have been heartened to discover that we CAN keep joyful music making and connection alive in the online space. We can can still celebrate music, sing, play, learn, drum, dance, jam and connect with our community – while everyone stays safe at home.

Gosh we miss our beautiful in person classes. But we are grateful to the families who have stuck with us online – and we are delighted to welcome new families who are joining our growing community.

It is vital in these troubling times of disconnection that we find ways to be joyful and playful and to feel connected with others. We offer a way to help families feel these things from the comfort of their own homes – for now.

We look forward to being able to gather for joyful music making sessions at Ceres and our other venues, just as soon as it is safe to do so.

Much love

Gillian x


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