COVID-19 and CHSMA Music Lessons (Continuity Plan)


March 18, 2020

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE PRINT & SAVE

Dear Parents and Students,

This notice is designed specifically to let you know how we’ll be doing our online lessons at CHSMA. Official online teaching will begin the week of 3/30, but some teachers may try to fit in makeup lessons prior to that. Teachers will be contacting you shortly to select and confirm the day/time of your recurring online lesson; some students may wish to keep their regular time but others may wish to change it since students will be available earlier in the day. 

ALL ONLINE LESSONS will be done through ZOOM, an online host which easily allows real time audio and video exchange between you and your teacher (many music teachers nationwide are successfully switching over to this format now).  

Prior to your first lesson, your teacher will contact you to schedule a short “set-up” session designed to connect you both easily on ZOOM. Here’s what will happen in your set-up session:

  1. At the scheduled time, you will get an email inviting you to accept a ZOOM meeting request from your teacher. 
  2. Click on the “Invitation” for the “Meeting” and you will be asked to download, open and install an app from Zoom. This will create the blue and white Zoom access “button” on your computer or other device.
  3. This will generate a “ring” as your teacher contacts you and will open a box showing a choice of Accept or Decline. CLICK ON ACCEPT.
  4. Then click on “JOIN WITH VIDEO” & “JOIN WITH COMPUTER AUDIO”. Now you and your teacher can talk back and forth just as easily as if you were both in the same room!

Later, for your actual lessons, just be ready at your lesson station a few minutes early, wait for your next “teacher invitation” at lesson time and follow steps #3 & 4. 

If you have any questions about how something will work, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Zack Cook at [email protected] 

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HOW TO EASILY SET UP YOUR LESSON SPACE AT HOME:

FOR INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS:

  1. Try to find a quiet room or corner where the student can concentrate on their lesson without interruptions and hear the teacher well.
  2. Have the student sit where they can easily view the computer/IPAD/phone screen and where the camera on your device will show both the student and their instrument. 
    1. For violin, woodwinds, brass, drum and guitar, the student should sit or stand directly facing the computer screen (teacher). 
    2. For piano, having the computer at a right angle to the instrument/student works best, so that the teacher can observe the student’s hands but the student can easily turn to see the teacher as well. 
  3. Do a quick “sound test” the first time to make sure both student and teacher can hear.
  4. Start your lesson as usual!

FOR SINGING LESSONS:

    1. Try to find a quiet room or corner where the student can concentrate on their lesson without interruptions and hear the teacher well.
    2. Have the student stand where they can directly face the computer/IPAD/phone screen and also provide a small amount of space for movement if needed. 
    3. Have your music in a light notebook that you can easily hold if needed, or try to find a way to prop it up in front of you, but don’t block the computer camera or screen!

 

Important: Students need to have their piano accompaniments already pre-loaded on a phone, computer or other play-back device. This eliminates sound distortion which can occur if transmitted by the teacher. 

  1. Many of you will already have these, but for those who may not,we will make sure that they are sent to you by your teacher prior to the start of any lesson. 
  2. The teacher may also choose to send you accompaniments for your vocal exercises as well. 
  3. Do a quick “sound test” the first time to make sure both student and teacher can hear.
  4. Smile and start your lesson as usual!

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March 12, 2020

Dear CHSMA Community,

In response to the Governor’s new directives and the CHCCS school system’s plan for dealing with COVID 19, WE WILL BE SUSPENDING LESSONS DURING THE NEXT TWO WEEKS (3/16-3/28). 

NO LESSONS WILL BE MISSED during this period as we are rearranging our calendar to utilize both our Spring Break Week and our Studio Class Week, during which no regular lessons are ever scheduled and teacher income is not affected. Studio Classes will be rescheduled at various times later in the school year. 

The following week, 3/30-4/4, we will join the school systems in offering all students online lessons or other creative learning options so that lessons continue for students and our teachers can maintain their livelihood and financial security.

Please continue to check for emails from CHSMA and/or your individual teacher for more information. We hope that you will all support our efforts to help create the safest and most caring outcome for our CHSMA community and the greater good for all around us. 
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at [email protected].

Sincerely,

Sharon and Rick Szymanski