Reopening your music studio since COVID lockdown.

All over the world COVID19 has Music Teachers in schools, homes and studios being forced to close their teaching space and move to online lessons. In some parts of the world, lockdowns are nearing the end and some lessons are returning to “face to face” delivery.

I’ve been asked by numerous teachers how they should manage their return to studio teaching whilst best managing their own health and safety. If you are concerned about how to best look after yourself and your students then this post is for you.

Considerations

MTNA has produced a comprehensive list that gives out 10 well thought out points to consider. Here is a shortened version.

  1. Send a Pre-Opening – Welcome Back Letter. This needs to make it clear the expectations and that they are requirements. List opening date and all sanitisation procedures etc.
  2. Scheduling – Make sure there is a gap between students to reduce the number of persons in the studio at any one time.
  3. Waiting Room – Either remove this option and have students wait in their cars or remove items such as magazines etc.
  4. Screening List – Make it clear that students with any illness or symptoms must not attend lessons.
  5. Limit on Items – Limit books & items brought to lessons.
  6. Hand Sanitizer – Sanitizer needs to be mandatory and available at the door.
  7. Temperature – Consider taking temperatures prior to entry.
  8. Payment – Consider touch less payment wherever possible.
  9. Masks – Mandatory or as required.
  10. Sanitation – Establish (and consider documenting ) a set schedule to sanitize all areas and items in the teaching area.

My personal advice to all music teachers is that firstly you must look after yourself and your health. You then must be comfortable with resuming to face to face teaching. Secondly, be vigilant in maintaining standards. That way, all families maintain the same and necessary procedures so you can be confident in keeping safe.

Good luck and keep safe!

Wendy

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Wendy Brentnall-Wood

Wendy Brentnall-Wood

I am passionate about encouraging and inspiring people to begin to experience the heart filling joy of making music in a simple, easy and systematic way, enabling them to enrich their lives and the lives of those around them.

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