Online Lessons continue weeks of Dec. 7 & 14

Thank you for your flexibility moving to online Zoom lessons for weeks of November 23 and 30. I would like to continue our lessons online for the weeks of December 7 and 14 as well. The Zoom meeting ID and passcodes are reoccurring and will be used for upcoming lessons. If you want me to resend them just let me know. There are no lessons the weeks of December 21st and 28th. Hopefully, we’ll be able to move back to in-person lessons when we return the week of January 4th. A decision will be made and communicated after Christmas.

Thanks to everyone for your kind understanding, generosity and support. All of you are amazing! Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year!

Piano & Voice Lessons Moving Online for Weeks of Nov. 23 & 30

I am moving in-person lessons online on Zoom for the 2 weeks of November 23 & 30. This is due to the increased positivity rates, hospitalizations, local school district guidelines, and family concerns. I will reevaluate for the week of December 7th after Thanksgiving. Students already taking online lessons are not affected by this change.

A Zoom login will be created and text to parents a day or 2 prior to the lesson. The resolution on Zoom is much better than FaceTime, which is why I prefer it. With that said, let me know if you prefer FaceTime.

I do not wish to upset your child’s lesson schedule. If anyone has any concerns please let me know at your earliest convenience.

Two COVID Safety Updates

Please make sure your child’s mask is worn properly over their nose and mouth, the mask fits their face, and the mask stays in place. Some children arrive wearing masks that are too large. They slide around their face, covering very little and creating a lesson distraction. Others arrive wearing masks that are too small or worn out. These masks do not cover their mouth and nose effectively. I recommend storing some extra masks in your child’s piano or voice bag, in the event one is forgotten at home.  I also have a basket of extra masks on the bench just inside the door.

Families are also reminded to arrive on-time for in-person lessons, wait for the porch light to be on, and wait for your child to enter my home before leaving the area. Please do not arrive early! I haven’t had a chance to disinfect for both your child’s safety and my own. This week a few children arrived too early to disinfect and before I turned on the porch light!

Please help me – help your child and I stay safe during this pandemic.

October 2020 Piano & Voice Newsletter

Current schedule, calendar of events and openings are listed in the attachment.

I hope everyone can attend the DuPage PADS fundraiser photo Sat. Oct. 3rd at 11:15 am! It will be held outside my home, weather permitting. Students will be given t-shirts to wear in the photo, and stand together socially distant apart. Everyone who attends will wear masks.

September Studio Newsletter

Hello Everyone!
How are you? It has been so long since I’ve seen you! I hope all of you are safe and well from August 10 storms, tornado and power outages. Here are some highlights from the attachment!
1) Fall schedule starts the week of August 24th. Everyone should have their lesson scheduled but if not, please let me know. A current openings list is in the newsletter.
2) I planned to postal mail fall lesson information last week but was delayed due to last week’s power outages. Watch your mailboxes to receive around August 22nd.
3) Our annual DuPage PADS fundraiser will be held August 24 – October 3rd. A photograph and t-shirt party will be held on Sat. October 3rd at 11:15 am to celebrate. Our goal this year is to raise $1,500 for their Share the Fare program.
4) A 2020-2021 Studio Calendar is also listed in this newsletter. Please mark your calendars!
5) October, November and December Group Lessons are cancelled due to COVID concerns. I plan to resume them in April 2021 or when it is safe to do so.
6) Please ask your kids to keep a pencil on their piano or keyboard to complete written assignments. No pen because mistakes cannot easily be erased.
7) A link to our 2020 Virtual Piano & Voice Concerts is available on this website – just click on the Concerts tab to access.
Good luck to all for an amazing start to the school year. See you next week!
Diane Lindsay

August Piano & Voice Newsletter

Hope everyone is well and having a good summer. Attached is August’s piano and voice newsletter.
*There are no regular lessons scheduled for August 3-22. Lessons resume the week of August 24th.
*August invoices will be emailed the week of July 20th based on current lesson schedules. Many schools are considering their fall schedule options at this time. If you need a different lesson day and time please let me know as soon as possible.
*Group lessons are suspended for months of October, November and December 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. Private lessons will occur as scheduled. I plan to resume Group Lessons in April 2021.
*The 2020 Calendar of Events appears in the attached newsletter.
Stay safe and well!

Making the Most of Online Lessons

While some students have moved to in-person lessons most of my studio prefers online lessons. Online lessons provide opportunities for students to take more ownership of their learning. I want students to be critical listeners and to hear the musical concepts we are discussing during their lesson. Recordings can be made during Zoom lessons to review later as questions arise.  If your lessons are currently on FaceTime and you would like to switch to Zoom so you can record your lessons please let me know!
The article below lists some basic concepts parents and students can use to make the most of their online lessons. Please pass these along to your pianist/vocalist! I especially like two ideas from column 2. First, “Listen carefully to everything your teacher says and plays. If you are unclear about what you heard, be honest about it and ask for a redo. (The screen makes it harder to see and hear clearly, so they will understand.)” I sometimes ask students for a redo for the same reasons. The second is “Above all, the one ingredient that will help make your online lessons a success is patience!”
I hope this is informative and helpful.
Source: “Piano Explorer Magazine” July/August 2020.