After getting the building, most of Donna’s vocal coaching students are still online. However, the fact that Legacy has a building means that they have extra confidence in the business, because they can see it is growing. Initially, there was some apprehensiveness about transitioning to technical methods, but when they realised that it didn’t affect their learning. During lockdown, If it was not for the internet, Donna would have had to close down the business.
Before lockdown, Donna already had a number of online students who were located abroad - one in Los Angeles, USA, Romania, Kuwait, and Singapore. One student has been able to continue lessons through two moves across the country thanks to online learning.
“I was able to retain all my students, apart from one who contracted COVID, and is still currently ill, and cannot continue due to continuing respiratory problems.
“One of my students is seventy, and he has not been able to go anywhere. During lockdown, his mother sadly passed away, but every week, he attends his lessons without fail. He has had problems with his voice and speech, but his voice improves at the end of each lesson because of the technical exercises I do with him. He says he feels better on a physical and mental level after lessons. Sometimes if he feels low he doesn’t want to do it, but he does it anyway. Singing releases endorphins - happy chemicals - in the brain, and stimulates the vagus nerve, which in turn stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, calming you down if you are stressed - this is because of the vibrations and the breathing techniques that come with singing.
Whatever the new national lockdown looks like for you - and it affects everyone in unique and different ways - take some time to re-assess your priorities, and to adjust whatever you need to adjust in order to ensure that you, your career and/or your business are thriving and moving forward, whatever the situation.
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What a week, time to take some time out!
Check out our lockdown food and film suggestions, get ready for a great night in!
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind
Set in Malawi and based on a true story, this Netflix original movie is deeply inspiring. When William Kamkwamba’s family is no longer able to afford his school fees, his country is facing famine. This is the story of how one boy figures out on his own, how to build a windmill that would save many lives. Click on the link to see the trailer.
Who doesn’t love Thai food? This unique Thai eatery based in central Manchester is now offering delivery service straight to your front door! Their vegan options are second to none.
Thaikhun specialise in street food dishes, with inspiration taken directly from the bustling Thai street markets, which the managers are familiar with, as they have experienced this first hand, and brought back so much inspiration.
Check out their amazing menu, and get ready for a great night in!
A Useful Guide to Helping Children Navigate Lockdown
The COVID-19 crisis is especially challenging for families and children. As schools have closed down, many of you are figuring out trying to juggle working from home with making sure the kids are keeping up with schoolwork. Kids have so much energy, and it can be a challenge to keep them entertained in a small space.
This article from World Economic Forum has tons of useful advice from real education professionals on keeping kids stimulated during lockdown.
However things are right now for you and your family, take a deep breath. You are doing the best you can with where you are right now.
Keep taking it one day at a time!
At our Employability Academy, we know how hard it can be for people to adjust to work when leaving school, college or university. Our programme has been rolled out in various schools throughout the North West and Manchester. It is designed to equip teachers and school leadership with the resources to help young people gain confidence in the skills they will need to thrive in the workplace.
To find out more about how we do this, head over to our website.