With Coronavirus spreading throughout the world here’s a few practical tips for being proactive in your piano studio and teaching.
By taking a few, simple steps you can keep yourself and your students as safe as possible and help to prevent any spread of Coronavirus:
#1. MAKING CONTACT
Make contact with all parents, whether at your piano studio or in a school setting asking them to follow government guidelines regarding travel to Category 1 countries. Guidelines will be slightly different according to where you live. Some key UK links can be found via the ISM site CLICK HERE
# 2. HAND WASHING
Ask all visitors to your piano studio to wash their hands thoroughly on arrival. That includes parents and any siblings who attend.
#3. TEACHING IN A SCHOOL
If teaching in a school make sure that every child washes their hands directly before the lesson. If you have hand-gel (which is currently in short supply) this is an alternative.
#4. TISSUES AND DISPOSAL
During the lesson have a box of tissues ready to catch any sneezes. Used tissues can be placed into a plastic bag which is then disposed of at the end. If a pupil does sneeze get them to wash their hands or use gel once again.
#5. PIANO KEYS
Take care of the piano keys. This is such an important point to think about and take action on. The keyboard should be wiped down between each lesson and on any other occasion where necessary. A slightly damp, micro-fibre, anti-bacterial cloth is one suggestion or anti-bacterial wipes. Do not spray anything directly onto the keys but apply via a cloth.
#6. LESSONS BY SKYPE
Parents should be asked to keep any child who is unwell away from their piano lesson for the time being. Consider alternative ways of delivering lessons, for example, via Skype.
#7. DEVELOP A HEALTH POLICY
These are sensible steps for helping to tackle Coronavirus and really should build on whatever you already have in place. If you don’t have one already you could produce a Health Policy for your studio. A basic sample one is attached HERE, based on one created by Community member Angie Tse.
SINGING HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Over here in the UK we are being encouraged to sing Happy Birthday twice whilst we wash our hands. I decided to put this to some educational use and hopefully have a bit of fun at the same time. I created a sheet with the score on it which is displayed by the taps in the washroom. This accompanied by some questions for students to consider. How many can they answer when they come back into the piano room.
Next week there’ll be a new version with something different – clef, key, time signature etc. It’s also a great starting point for learning to play this by ear, which of course any pianist should be able to do.
You can download this HERE
We hope this is helpful although we don’t pretend it is exhaustive, merely a starting point.
This blog post was written by Dr Sally Cathcart, co-founder and Director of The Curious Piano Teachers with the help of Angie Tse.