Well. What an… interesting few months we’ve had! Covid-19 has certainly changed the way that business has been done in Ireland and my teaching has been no exception.
Luckily, as soon as the schools closed, I immediately moved all of my students to online lessons. We used a mixture of Facetime, Zoom and Whatsapp Video. Overall it worked very well, although the first two weeks were a steep learning curve for me! My music room looked like an explosion in a paper factory as I had to have so many different types of music to hand, not to mention my camera roll which had screenshots and photos of many of my students’ music. My biggest takeaway from that aspect is that I need to have copies of all the music that all my students have in case of emergency.
It all did work out for the best! My exam students where able to submit video exams, my other learners were able to keep improving and I even had a new beginner student who has taken to music lessons like a duck to water.
One thing that I noticed was that the teenage and older students really managed very well with the remote teaching. Some were able to practise more than usual and have leapt forward more than they would have. For the younger learners, however, the biggest struggle has simply been the connection made when communicating in person. There must be something in the way that they mimic the teacher in person, because things took a little longer, although we always got there in the end. |
As always I feel incredibly lucky to be teaching the students I have. They have shown patience and focus and willingness that I’m not sure I would have when I was so young! I can’t begin to tell you how much I missed them all over the weeks. Watching on a screen is no substitute for the jokes and fun we have in our lessons.
Here’s hoping it can all get closer to normal soon.
Stay safe and well!