Message for Members

Dear Members,

Music for Canberra (MfC) is committed to prioritising the health, safety, and welfare of all our staff, members, participants in the MfC community. Our tutors and conductors have been provided with guidelines to follow with particular reference to providing care for vulnerable people so that MfC programs can be offered to members and participants. MfC is committed to supporting our staff, members, and participants to engage with our programs via online learning during this time.

This document sets out the expectations for MfC staff, members, participants, and volunteers. To ensure that we all conduct online learning in a safe, healthy, informed and as normative as practically possible.

We ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:

Dress standards
  • All members, MfC staff, participants, and volunteers, who are engaging with MfC programming should be dressed appropriately. MfC expects that you will be dressed as if you were to attend MFC programming in person.
  • To assist the technology, we recommend that you avoid intense colours such as red and steer towards natural colours, medium contrast and soft texture clothing. White clothes should also be avoided for better image contrast. If you are wearing very light-coloured clothing, the camera will automatically darken the picture making your face appear shadowed.
  • We recommend you avoid highly patterned clothing (stripes, checks, etc.) and jewellery. These items could blur the picture and lip-synchronisation at the other end.

Where doubt is raised, the MfC staff member will take the appropriate action from the list below:  

  1. Advise the attendee to correct their attire.
  2. Terminate the video feed for the attendee.
  3. Make a note and report the issue to MfC management.
  4. Promptly end the class and/or rehearsal as appropriate.
Appropriate locations for video conferencing

MfC expects that all video conferencing for all MfC programming will be conducted in a communal location/room within the dwelling. Appropriate examples include living rooms, kitchens, rumpus rooms, dining rooms, libraries, and music rooms. Inappropriate locations include bedrooms and bathrooms. If you are unsure or have any questions please contact MfC on this email address so that we can discuss your individual circumstances. 

Recording of classes and rehearsals

Recording of participants will only be done with prior notice. Consent in writing from all members and participants involved in any recording must have been submitted by such members and participants before the commencement of recording. For participants under the age of 18 years, the consent of a Parent and/or Legal Guardian is required.

Backgrounds during video conferences and recordings

All backgrounds should be plain and free of any potentially offending content.

Protection of Young and Venerable Peoples

Regular child and vulnerable people protection guidelines and procedures will always be followed.

Terms Conditions and Fees
  • The Terms and Conditions and the fee for MfC programs will remain the same as in the agreement made when registering for programs at the start of the year.
  • Classes and Lessons will be delivered on the normal lesson day during term time, with the time allocated in advance by MfC.
  • MfC staff will initiate the call at the allocated lesson time. If the connection is not made at the first attempt, a further four attempts will be made at two-minute intervals up until 8 minutes into the lesson time. If the connection is not made at this point, the participant will be marked as absent.

Parents and Legal Guardians of members under the age of 18 years of age who are participating in MfC programs via online learning must complete the following consent form agreeing to lessons being delivered via online learning, prior to the first lesson.

If you have any questions, queries or concerns regarding term two (2) programs or procedures please send me an email, and I will endeavour to respond to you as soon as practicable.

Sincerely, Peter.

Peter Thomson
General Manager
Music for Canberra (MfC)

Link to consent form


Please completed and once singed you can return it via the below link. 

Click on this link to return your consent form, please complete the three (3) questions and then upload the form.