Penny’s Blog

  • Back in the Studio: Teaching amidst Covid-19

    Back in the Studio: Teaching amidst Covid-19

    The first week of summer lessons…July 6th, 2020…students started to return to in-studio lessons for the first time since mid-March.  What joy for both students, parents, and for me!  We set up protocols:  We all wear masks.  We wash our hands with disinfectant coming and going.  I’m teaching the “Coronavirus …Read More »
  • Piano Teaching Week #14 Online! (amidst COVID-19)

    Piano Teaching Week #14 Online! (amidst COVID-19)

    We just completed our final week of the teaching of the regular school year.  After a two-week break, our studio will start summer lessons, still online, Monday and Tuesdays until the school season of 2020-2021 starts up again in September.  For this final post of the regular school year teaching …Read More »
  • Piano Teaching Week #13 Online! (amidst COVID-19)

    Piano Teaching Week #13 Online! (amidst COVID-19)

    This is our 13th week and the next to the last online piano lessons of the 2019-2020 school year, due to the stay at home order of the Coronavirus epidemic. We are all so grateful that we had the technology to switch to online lessons. And Everyone, students, teachers, and …Read More »
  • Piano Teaching Week #12 Online! (amidst COVID-19)

    Piano Teaching Week #12 Online! (amidst COVID-19)

    We are now two weeks away from finishing the semester and the official start of summer vacation and a more relaxed summer schedule of lessons and activities.  We are ending the year at the same time as the public-school systems in Essex County.  The weather is heating up and students …Read More »
  • Piano Teaching Week #11 Online! (amidst COVID-19)

    Piano Teaching Week #11 Online! (amidst COVID-19)

    This was the week of the Memorial Day holiday weekend and the official beginning of summer.  Although technically, students have three more weeks of online school to complete, this was also the week of some lifting of the stay at home orders allowing for activity outside the house in groups …Read More »
  • Piano Teaching Week #10 Online!  (amidst COVID-19)

    Piano Teaching Week #10 Online! (amidst COVID-19)

    Teaching online is starting to seem so normal that the lessons and the days move smoothly from one to the other.  So routine now, except that working solely online is very tiring, as study after study has shown.  Something about not being able to read body language makes the brain …Read More »
  • Week #9: Piano Lessons during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

    Week #9: Piano Lessons during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

    We are calculating how much everyone practiced during a 7-week period…most of which has now been spent at home in isolation during the  COVID-19 Pandemic.  We had just launched this year’s fundraising through practicing project, when in studio lessons ceased.  But the practicing continued and now my students have raised …Read More »
  • Piano Teaching Week #8 Online! (amidst COVID-19)

    Piano Teaching Week #8 Online! (amidst COVID-19)

    This was a very significant week for our studio!  We realized our first online video recital on our own YouTube channel.  I made it unlisted and true to that designation…. these videos do not turn up in any searches or even on my public YouTube page.  I divided our 40 …Read More »
  • Piano Teaching Week #7 Online!  (amidst COVID-19)

    Piano Teaching Week #7 Online! (amidst COVID-19)

    Even though I was still working during the Spring vacation week, writing and participating in webinars on Women Composers as well as creating our studio video, I had enough of a break from being at the computer to feel rejuvenated.  It was helpful that there were occasional lovely weather days …Read More »
  • Piano Teaching Week #6 Online! (amidst COVID-19)

    Piano Teaching Week #6 Online! (amidst COVID-19)

    This would have been the Massachusetts spring vacation week but with the closure now of 6 weeks of school and since it took about 3-4 weeks for local schools to create a unified plan for learning online, this traditional spring break was cancelled.  I, however, was desperate for a break …Read More »