Welcome to my piano studio! For my continuing students, things may look a little different here as 2020 has shaken things up a bit. I spent my summer mostly teaching online while researching and learning the best safety practices to fit the possibility of coming into your homes again while meeting every family’s needs with the best equipment. I am happy to say that I’ll be offering both formats of lessons this year with a limited schedule for in-home students. Initially, it may take me a little longer to finalize a schedule while balancing both virtual days and in-home days, but once we get started I’m confident students will have another very fun and productive year.
As far as “in-home” protocols are concerned, here is a list of what I’ll be doing to maintain proper distancing and cleanliness while in your homes. I know that at another point in time these things might have seemed wacky and I’m sure we’ll laugh about what has become awkwardly responsible someday. Please keep in mind that these practices are not in place for only you, but the safety of everyone else as well. I’m trying my best to leave the smallest footprint of me in your homes.
1. I will wear a new mask during for each lesson.
2.I’ll be using hand sanitizer before and after each lesson and also thoroughly wiping my hands with wet-wipes in my car between houses. I’ll be supplying students each with their own small bottle of sanitizer to keep near their piano and to use before we start.
3.I’ve purchased a lightweight rechargeable battery powered keyboard with 88 keys for only me to demonstrate fingerings from. This will keep momentum during lessons so that we aren’t spending precious time constantly getting up and down to always share the same instrument while maintaining distance. It will also enable duets with the younger students as well. If I do happen to need to demonstrate anything on your piano, I will have used hand sanitizer right before doing so.
4.I’ve purchased a contactless medical thermometer. Please check your child’s temperature the day of your lesson. For families who do not have easy access to a thermometer, I can easily do a no contact check.
5.I will be doing contactless payment through Venmo. I will also bring fresh printouts and new and unused books.
As far as “virtual” protocols are concerned, here is a list of what I’ll be doing to maintain the highest quality lessons almost as if I am actually in your home.
1.I have gathered top of the line equipment with multiple cameras and angles.
2.I purchased a new professional microphone and a 27 inch monitor so that I can see students clearly while demonstrating on my own Boston Steinway grand piano.
3.I upgraded my internet service to include the fastest speed at 300mbps. I also purchased a new router and upgraded my security software for extra protection. I use Skype, as I’ve found the sound quality and connectivity are more consistent than others such as Zoom and FaceTime.
4.I will be doing contactless payment through Venmo. I will also be emailing music to parents to print before each lesson, and if books are needed I will purchase and scan material to email.