It’s Friday, and as I complete my last lesson of the week, I am taken aback as I write at the end of my weekly notes, “End of Week 18.” I’ve been teaching virtually for eighteen weeks now? Not something I would have anticipated, but here we are. As I look at ways to open my studio to in-person lessons again, I can’t help but think about some of the successes we have achieved, even in this crazy time.
- During this time of many activities being canceled, piano lessons have continued on, and students have had more time to practice. I’ve never given out so many “rainbows” before!
- More responsibility has been placed on the student. They are now the ones who are marking music and adding fingering, giving them a sense of ownership in the process as we work together.
- I have been able to see where the students practice, what they’re practicing on, and give individual guidance.
- Thanks to wonderful parents, piano study has become more of a priority and part of daily life!
Sure, there have been challenges, and not all situations are ideal, but I am pleased with our successes as we have plowed through new territory. I am certain we will continue to learn together, and discover new ways to make this work!