We are now several months into social distancing and online piano lessons have proven that learning is still accessible under these restrictions. Those who've continued via Zoom lessons this summer have progressed very well.
However, I know student miss the in-studio experience and I miss them too!
Moving forward and into the new school year, I plan to offer the choice of in-studio or Zoom lessons. We don't know what the future holds so we will take each lesson week by week.
I have spoken with the South-Central Health Department and I am using their suggestions as guidelines for the new semester. Please note these changes
1. Lesson will still be held 30 minutes a week but I will schedule students 45 minutes apart. This will allow for appropriate social distancing between piano families and will give me time to sanitize the studio between students.
2. Unless we've made other arrangements, please wear a mask to lessons. I will provide a mask if need be.
3. Each student will be required to wash hands before and after lessons.
4. Please remember to bring your books to lessons. According to health department recommendations, we will limit the sharing of materials as much as possible. I will also provide each student a goodie bag of highlighters, manipulates, dry erase boards and more. These items are intended to enhance the zoom lesson experience. Please bring those items with you to lessons as we will share learning materials as little as possible.
5. We can make the decision of in-studio lessons or Zoom lessons week by week. If anyone in your family is exhibiting symptoms, or the schools close, or even in the case of inclement weather, we will have the lesson via Zoom. Some families have already opted to continue most lessons via Zoom and that option is encouraged as well.
1. I will email a Zoom link shortly before each lessons. You do not have to download the app, all you have to do is click on the link and wait for me to 'let you in the room'.
2. Set the computer, laptop,or tablet near the piano so the camera faces the student and the keys. Your school computer works well
3. You will see me on screen and I'll see you. I use two cameras; one camera facing me and one camera on the keys so you can easily see my hands.
MORE TIPS: If you have an unused smart phone, I will provide a tripod and you can use the smart phone as an additional camera that faces the keys. This allows me to see both the student and their hands on the keys. It's easy to do and I will quickly walk you through the steps to add the extra camera.
Included here is a list of downloadable PDF files you can easily print off or view on your computer or tablet. The blank sheet music is perfect for composing music. We will also use the sheets of scales, inversions and chords. You can print them off as we need them.