Happy New Year Musicians
Dear Parents and Students:
What a surreal time we have been through with “2020”. There are countless reasons to only look forward at this time, but I would also like to take this opportunity to think of all the things we have been grateful for with our virtual lessons this past year. We have had the unique experience to be the first to live through a global pandemic with technology to keep us connected. Zoom really stepped up their game, didn’t they?
I’ve noticed my students growing their skill level in a much different way than in person lessons. My students have all shown great independent learning skills; they are required to focus and follow along closer during lessons since I am not there to point to the phrase or measure we are practicing. Older students already have the patience to do this during lessons, but I am so impressed with 7-10 years olds tracking with me the full lesson!
We have all needed to make an extra special adjustment to keep virtual lessons going. As teachers, we have needed to find creative ways to impact our students. As parents, some of you have needed to take extra time to help during lessons or with practice. As students, your generation will be stronger than all of us for navigating both virtual school and extra curriculars and music.
While virtual lessons are not ideal, we are blessed to have this opportunity to continue learning. I have digital versions of method books and months and months of notes piled up on my piano. This way of life is exhausting in so many ways and I cannot wait to see you all again in person. The next recital we will be able to hold in person will surely bring tears.
2020 is hindsight, happy new year, happy music making!
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