How is your in-person studio working?
I've been on a long hiatus from teaching as covid and a maternity leave coincided. I have been thinking about reopening and am trying to figure out what that would best look like as covid is still a concern.
What do you do, or does your teacher do, that has worked well for helping students feel safe and comfortable in an in-person setting? (My teaching area is my living room, fwiw. But I'm open to all ideas; just brainstorming and working out what might be realistic!!)
Kathryn, I also took a long hiatus (about 1 year), and restarted teaching a couple of months ago.
I'm not a teacher, but I went to my lesson today. Just a regular studio room, no air filters, etc. My teacher and I are both vaccinated, and we both wore masks. However, the student right after me was too young to have been vaccinated.
The plexiglass panels are thought to impede air flow though I have not looked for a refereed article. Air flow is your friend in this instance I guess.
We pretty much just wear masks and we may use a barrier. In the piano studio the keys may be wiped down. That's about it. We maintain distance when possible.
My teacher and I resumed in-person lessons after we were both fully vaccinated. We maintain distance when possible, wear masks, and leave the windows open when the weather permits. We almost never have to get as close as 6 feet. I have a morning lesson, so students who are too young to be vaccinated would not have been in the studio for at least 12 hours. He also gives the option of having an outdoor lesson or online. We live in an area where there the vaccination rate is high and the transmission rate is low.
I haven't read articles about plexiglass barriers, as I've said I have not read refereed articles about it. The information I have is from my docs who do read the refereed literature. Newspapers are definitely not refereed (said with a chuckle).
July 2020: My students had mostly online and once a month outside, pretty much no physical contact.
I don't know how anyone teaches in a small space with one of those air purifiers running. My hearing isn't 100% but that would destroy my lesson if my professor was running a HEPA filter. If you put it off in the corner of a large space so that you can't hear it, then it's not doing you any good anyway. I teach university chemistry and I have graduate students who I work with closely, and I teach a lab course for undergraduates so I am seeing them pretty closely too, helping them with their experiments and apparatus and so forth. The main thing for all of us is to be vaccinated as far as our medical circumstances will allow, to stay masked in contact with others, and to be
I take lessons at a school of music, and they have a mask policy in place. They also have saborizarían procedures for the studio spaces between lessons. My instructor is vaccinated, and I am vaccinated as well. I don’t know if they have any special air filtration, as I haven’t inquired, but I have noticed that they have kept the studio spaces minimally furnished (although they also just moved to a new location, so I don’t know if it’s strictly due to covid, but it certainly strikes me as convenient even if not!), with the basics - chairs, stools, music stands, piano, fairly bare walls…. Items easy to sanitize and turn over the space for the next student. Nothing that would be difficult to do a deep clean of either if a student who was recently in the space were to become ill.
Thanks guys, I appreciate the discussion and the ideas!
Paul, I have two filters. One is larger, and I run it temporarily between students (usually as they are setting up). It can clean a very high volume of air in just a couple minutes. The other is a smaller version of the same unit, and much quieter. That one I run constantly. The sound still bothers me, but it's a heck of a lot better than just having stale air accumulate. The only other real solution, in my mind, would be to have the windows open, but that's usually not realistic. And simply opening up one door a tiny crack (like many classrooms are apparently now doing) is just "hygiene theater. It does nearly nothing. Schools should be investing in HEPA filters.
Wow. I just realized I have never yet tried playing with a mask on. (yes, I've been out of the playing loop!) Does that not mess with y'all?! I lose so much lower peripheral vision...I mean, I know you don't *really* need to see below your nose to play but students want to see what they're doing...I guess it must be working generally though, and not messing people up too much?
Kathryn you get used to it pretty fast.
I have three huge ones and they are unnoticeably quiet, though I turn the one in my music room off if I am recording (I turn off the AC for that too.)
Kathryn, Playing with the mask was easy. The only problem I had was not being able to lip read. I sometimes have "interesting" conversations.
Depends on the mask, too. N95s are a lot harder than surgical.