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 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).
- Hand sanitizer should be used before and after each lesson.
- Shared items (table, chair, piano keys) are thoroughly sanitized between each student.
- Students may bring their own pencils.
- Invoicing is communicated electronically.
When school is closed and your kids are isolated, it’s necessary to normalize your child’s education and schedule as much as possible. Keeping children academically challenged is so important for their intellectual and social growth.
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.
A good teacher understands that online lessons are no substitute for the high quality of in-person piano instruction, but each student received the same level of personal attention as 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 a virtual 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.