Even though the Covid-19 rates are low in Northern Virginia, right now, I intend to be cautious as students return to the studio. Clarinet and bass clarinet are considered "intermediate risk" instruments when it comes to aerosol generating capabilities. [Learn more: Elsevier Public Health Emergency Collection] We must consider the reality of our instrument's acoustical properties as we establish safety procedures, as these will affect students, their families, and my own family. The Music Teachers National Association has published guidelines for the reopening of music studios and I am SO excited to be able to be back together in-person with students!
Mr. Grant and I have both been vaccinated.
Here are the precautions we will take here at my in-home clarinet studio:
- Anytime 5 minutes prior to the lesson start time, students may enter through the front door. I prefer parents don't come indoors unless necessary, but we can chat on the front patio before the lesson time starts if you'd like! During the lesson, parents are welcome to wait in the car or run errands. Please use reserved parking space 34 or either adjacent space.
- When students enter, they should be wearing their mask (and I will be, too). Students will be asked to remove their shoes and wash their hands using hand sanitizer before proceeding downstairs to the waiting area. We will use hand sanitizer again at the end of the lesson before I send them out to your vehicle.
- An air purifier will run in the studio during lesson times. Surfaces will be cleaned with antibacterial wipes between students.
-Mrs. Grant will wash or sanitize her hands between lessons plus before and after handling any of the student's musical equipment. Reed adjustments may not be possible at this time.
-Anticipate your child exiting the studio up to 5 minutes prior to the scheduled "end" time of their lesson, to accommodate safe transitions (this may apply to some virtual lessons, as well).
- Should the student or anyone in the family get sick or learn they were exposed to someone with Covid-19, please notify me.
I would prefer to err on the side of caution and keep everyone as healthy as we can! And I am happy to accommodate an online lesson as needed for any weeks we decide not to meet in-person. I am also happy to chat with students about a planned combination of virtual and in-person clarinet lessons.