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Not planning on cancelling yet... will just be careful re hand sanitising. Only 256 known cases in the whole of Australia so far, 19 of which are in my state, so trying to stay chilled at the moment, but with my ear to the ground re developments. 😜
We’ve not gone to lessons the last two weeks because we are in the Seattle area and had some illness in the family a couple weeks ago. Now we are in a state of emergency as a hotspot in the US so I’m going to call my teacher tomorrow and see if we can either do them by video chat or just cancel until the social isolation period is over. My wife has pretty bad asthma and we can’t risk bringing it home. Regardless if we go or not, I will still be paying him as it’s money we have budgeted for lessons and too many small businesses in the area are struggling. So I figure I’ll help in what small ways I can. I’ve also bought gift cards at our favorite local restaurants and indie movie theater because they aren’t sure if they can weather this for 6-8 weeks It’s bad times here. I’m blessed to have a job that I can do completely at home and is very stable.
Last edited by Chrispy; 03/15/2001:08 AM.
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I pay tuition and fees before the term even starts, so my teacher gets paid whether I show up or not. I really feel for the small business people out there (including piano teachers) who will struggle, income-wise, in the face of people staying home.
Yamaha C3X In summer, the song sings itself. --William Carlos Williams
Wherever you are, I think you should cancel... Apart from the very concrete risk of giving it to elderly, immunocompromised or fragile people, keep in mind that younger, healthy people can die too! I kind of just realised this myself. We just had a 47-year-old otherwise healthy man die in 2 days from the disease. I took a few walks outside this week, but I intend to observe the lockdown to the letter in the next days.
One of my children's music schools (various non-piano instruments) has closed for 2 weeks (in line with the closure of schools here). The other one (piano) is going to try remote lessons. My son's lesson is scheduled for 2.30 tomorrow, so either they won't be up and running for that yet or we'll be an early guinea pig. I'm ok with being a guinea pig though, it feels like helping them with the transition will be a constructive thing to do. I haven't spoken to my own teacher yet, but I won't be attending in-person lessons right now.
trying our best to support local eateries before they are forced to close temporarily. Likewise, I plan to support my teacher, although this pass week was the worse for all the news of cancellations, and heading to a lock down. We will probably try virtual lesson next week...
Dream came true : playing the piano Kawai CS11/Yamaha Arius 161 lessons: 150 hours + counting
My teacher cancelled in-studio lessons as of today. She's going to skype or facetime. I've done skype lessons before and really have no interest in learning that way, but she will continue to be paid our regular monthly amount regardless. Remember folks, if you can afford it, a broke piano teacher does you no good. This too will pass.