Let’s talk about logistics and precautions to do our very best to lower our risk of infection for in-studio lessons. Again, risk is inevitable, but precautions may help to reduce some risk.
The following studio precautions have been arranged for in-studio lessons: 1. Location: Lessons will occur in the home studio space. Student admittance only. No family, friends, etc. * Please wait for instructor to greet you at the door before entering studio. * Please stay within the 6 ft (or more!) distance in the studio * Fan will be on high-mode, windows open, and Air Purifier in full use. * Singers may wear a mask if they choose, but it will not be required. * Piano students will be required to wear a mask at all times. * Instructor will wear a mask during piano lessons. * Singing students may request instructor wear a mask.
2. Environmental&SurfaceDisinfection: a. HEPA Air Purification Filter System will run consistently during lesson b. Sneeze guard has placed between the student and instructor. c. UV/UVC Disinfecting Lamp will be used each night following the last lesson, providing germicidal “blast” to the lesson area d. Surfaces and objects near/around student will be sprayed and/or wiped down with disinfectant agents prior to, and after, each in-person voice lesson
3. Fee & Flexibility a. SLWP or student may decide to switch back to online lessons at any given time b. Lesson fee for in-person lessons is $65 to accommodate health and safety adjustments
Students are asked to observe the following:
1. Health Disclosure: a. Please do not attend your lesson in person (you may switch to online lesson!) if you experience any symptoms of illness, including (but not limited to); fever, cough, sore throat, hoarsness, headache, runny nose, sneezing, difficulty or pain breathing, sore muscles, diarrhea, loss of smell/taste, unusual fatigue, lesions on feet/toes/fingers, etc. b. Please notify SLWP to discuss switching to online lessons for the next lesson or two if you have traveled outside the local area, visited a “hot spot”, been exposed to a crowd in an enclosed space with limited or no distancing, etc.
2. Sanitize and Space: a. Student and instructor must wear a mask at start of the lesson. b. Temperature will be taken with contactless thermometer before entering the space. c. Mask may be removed if it is deemed safe to teach singing student. Piano student mask will remain on. d. Please use the hand sanitizer provided at the studio before and after lesson. e. Please do your best to maintain a safe distance from instructor, especially while singing.
3. Bring with You... a. Music, pencil, water b. Signed “Liability of Waiver...” document
Thank you, in advance, for complying with the above procedures, all of which exist for the best possible safety of students, instructors, staff, etc. In a study published on June 3, 2020, in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers at the Scripps Research Translational Institute reviewed data from sixteen different groups of COVID-19 patients from around the world to better trace and understand the spread of the virus from asymptomatic people. The results: 30% - 45% of spreaders were completely asymptomatic. Hence, all of the above precautions.
Musically Yours, Phyllis
June 2, 2020
Hello Once Again Amazing Studio Family! The governor of Louisiana announced that we will be moving into Phase 2 beginning Friday, June 9. However, as most of you know, the studio space is quite small. It will not only take time, but money, to implement the safety measures with the integrity we are known for.
At this time, we will continue to remain online in June.
I'm taking great care in researching what options that are available to us as restrictions and mandates change, and plan to update you once again before the start of July.
For now, please take advantage of our weekly Zoom chats, Q&A sessions, and Master Classes, that are being offered every Thursday at 6pm this summer. These events are included in your tuition and can be found on the online calendar. They are recorded and available in the studio Dropbox for later viewing if you cannot attend. Let me know if you need the link.
Ben and I look forward to seeing you virtually for bit longer, where we will continue our pursuit of singing well. We thank you for your patience in this matter.
May 12, 2020 Hello Amazing Studio Family! It's almost been 2 months, and we are now at the point where we can consider opening up again, due to the relaxation of certain restrictions in our area beginning May 16.
Which means, you are probably wondering when we can get back to in-person lessons and performing! I urge you to read this email thoroughly, as it contains some very important information for us all.
At this time, we will remain online. Why? I am glad you asked!
Over the last few months, we've learned more and more about the ways COVID-19 behaves in the world - how it spreads, what conditions help slow spread, and which conditions exacerbate spread.
We now know from the newest data and research that one way COVID-19 is spread is by aerosols. Aerosols are the droplets of wet stuff that come out of our noses and mouths when we use our breath. Gross, I know, but important to understand.
We know that these tiny virus droplets hang out for a long time in the air (sometimes up to 2 hours!) and that they are small enough to get deep into the lungs from up to 16 feet away! These aerosols are "boosted" from things like sneezing, talking, projecting our voices (like in acting), breathing heavily, and singing. We also know that things like being outdoors with the wind to our backs, lots of targeted UV rays, aggressive sanitation, distances of 16 ft or more, and lots of time between students maybe effective ways to address those rascally droplets and reduce virus spread.
At this time, the studio is looking into ways to be equipped with UV, Hepa filters, sanitization, scheduling difference, and more, so that it is compliant with mandates. Yet, it isn't quite at the place where I am ready to implement these measures with the integrity this studio is known for.
And this is why we will remain online, for now!
I'm taking great care in researching what options are available to us as restrictions and mandates change. I am reviewing science weekly.
I am excited to continue to serve you in new and effective ways as we grow in our skills. I've learned so much about online teaching! Together, we will create art, life, and music as we strive for health for all AND the pursuit of excellence in our performing.
If you're interested in learning more, let me know, and I can point you toward some easy to read info on what we do know.
For now, take advantage of our weekly group Zoom chats, Q&A sessions, and Master Classes that are being offered. Ben and I will see you virtually, where we will continue our pursuit of singing well.
As for summer plans, that will come out in another email in the coming weeks, so be on the lookout!
You're doing great and I am so proud of us all for doing our best in this truly remarkable season.