Reopening Plan

On September 8th, 2020 the studio will reopen for in-person lessons.  As you might expect, things will not quite be business as usual!  You can find the studio’s reopening plan below, (mobile users please click here) which includes an outline of the studio’s health and safety provisions and practices, as well as important guidelines for students and their visitors. Due to the ever-evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation, the reopening plan may be updated periodically.  Please check the studio homepage to ensure you have the latest edition of the plan.

Stay safe!

Guidelines for Remote Lessons

Due to the business restrictions currently in place, all lessons will be conducted remotely via Skype until further notice. Read on to learn more about making the switch to remote lessons.

General Information

  • Use the link provided in your weekly reminder email to access the chat for your Skype Lesson. You may also access the link by logging into the student portal and clicking on the event in your calendar. The teacher will initiate the video call through this chat when it is your lesson time.
  • A Skype account is not required. You may join the chat as a guest.
  • Please make sure the student is ready at the scheduled lesson start time. Students should be prepared to focus on the lesson for the entire duration.
  • An adult should be present at the start of the lesson to assist with any technical difficulties.  It is recommended that children under the age of 8 have an adult present for the entire lesson. 

Space Set Up

  • The camera should be set up to give a side view of the student seated at the piano so the teacher can see the student’s full arm and hand.
  • The lesson space should be well lit and free of all other distractions such as televisions, pets, siblings, etc..
  • Noise can reverberate around a large space, making it difficult for the teacher to hear and understand the student. Please keep doors shut when possible and use headphones if your room is particularly large and echoey.

Connection Platform

  • Click on the link provided to access your Skype lesson “meeting place.”  You will use the same link for every lesson.
  • You do not need a Skype account to join the lesson.  However, guest accounts are only active for 24 hours.  If you wish to review past messages or documents you will be unable to do so after 24 hours unless you create an account.
  • Please note you may need to download the Skype mobile app in order to use the platform on a tablet or phone. 

Materials Needed

  • You will need a laptop, tablet, or phone with internal camera and microphone, as well as a reliable internet connection.  If using a mobile device, you may also need a stand or tripod to hold the camera steady.
  • Please have lesson books, handouts, and a pencil ready and within reach.  Colored pencils are also highly recommended for marking dynamics and expressions. Younger students may also want to have reward stickers nearby to mark completed pages.

Lessons During the COVID-19 Emergency

Within the past 24 hours, the city of Saratoga Springs has declared a state of emergency and the school district has announced it will be closed from now until April 19th.  After much careful consideration, I have decided to remain open for students who wish to proceed as usual.  Additionally, I will accommodate all others by offering lessons via Skype.  Students and their families should feel supported in making their own decisions about how to best protect their health and safety.  Whatever students choose to do, they will have the option to continue, whether it’s in-person or online. Despite the unprecedented amount of disruption the COVID-19 outbreak has caused, I hope all my students will continue to learn and progress.

Stay safe, Everyone!

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