I take the safety of my students very seriously, and take the following measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases like influenza:
- Both teacher and student will wear a mask for the duration of studio lessons.
- The studio is physically separated from the rest of my home.
- Parents can drop off and pick up without entering the studio (if desired).
- Students are scheduled to avoid entering or exiting at the same time.
- Door knobs and bathrooms are sanitized throughout the day.
- Students must wash their hands with soap before each lesson.
- Hand sanitizer will be used after each lesson.
- Shared items (table, chair, piano keys) are thoroughly sanitized between each student.
- Students will bring their own pencils.
- Invoicing and assignments are communicated electronicly.
- Individual FaceTime lessons are offered during quarantine or stay-at-home orders.
When school is closed and your kids are isolated, it’s critically important to continue your child’s education and schedule. But there are so many conflicting thoughts about the pandemic that it’s hard to know what’s best. As parents, we are seeking answers to so many questions:
- Should my child wear a mask?
- Should they be at home when I see the other kids playing outside?
- Should they be allowed to play with close friends?
- How do I continue extracurricular activities without the school’s support?
- How can they continue to learn this fall after the chaos of the previous spring?
Keeping children academically challenged is important for their intellectual growth, and it’s been difficult for parents to adjust to a “new normal.”
Piano lessons are an area where students can continue to show progress and even thrive.
My studio hasn’t skipped a beat… pun intended! Piano lessons are going strong and my students are working toward new levels in their performance ability.
During the stay-at-home orders, we moved to an online format that enabled every student to keep their regularly scheduled lesson and have something stable to count on when their worlds turned upside down.
Each student received the same level of personal attention they received during face-to-face lessons. Expectations for practicing and homework assignments were maintained and students rose to the occasion. Older pianists took pride in managing their assignments on their own laptops while young students could focus and learn piano with the help of their parents via FaceTime.
One of the many pros to come out of video lessons this spring was a new video recital format that everyone enjoyed! It was such a hit that we’ll continue the practice as an additional way to keep up performance skills in front of an audience.
But of course, nothing is perfect. Virtual lessons make it hard to correct hand positions or correct posture at the piano. Volume nuances that are so important in music performance are harder to detect in a video.
John can’t see the excitement in my face when he masters a new piece or technical skill. Emily and I miss our duets during lessons, and I can’t hug my seniors as they take their last lesson before graduating High School – a milestone I look forward to for years.
I hope you will consider enrolling your child in piano lessons this summer and fall so they can thrive on the consistency and challenge that music lessons provide.
As schools remain closed, your child will look forward to getting out of the house and interacting with their teacher – an important relationship in their life.