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With the news of 97,000 children infected, and Multiple student and staff quarantined after 1st week of school reopenings, IDK guys, may have to wait it out for 3 years in the USA, or move to another country w/ sane humans.

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My concern is that a teaching piano isn't just some random surface in your home. For a piano teacher, it's an exclusive surface that multiple people spend extended time at, touching it all over as they play. And if it's anything like the lessons I've had and seen, students switch off frequently with the teacher as well who is correcting and demonstrating technique. Realistically, a person may be touching their face, or any other part of their body that hasn't been scrubbed for 40 seconds, a dozen times or more over a 30-60 minutes lesson. And so is the teacher. And then the next student comes in. It's not a good situation from a social distancing perspective.

Given how transmissible we know COVID is, I think it is really, really bad advice to suggest not cleaning the piano (especially keys and bench) between lessons. Don't worry about the finish, that fake ivory touch touch surface is just plastic.


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Sage words, Gombessa.
I have no worries about my piano because no one touches it but me.

But a teaching piano? That's a totally different use case.

And, yes, the keys are just plastic. Lysol wipes for the keys and for everything else. Simple.

That's if there are any parents willing to take the risk these days.
I wonder how the teaching business is faring?
Perhaps Morodiene will come along and comment.

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Originally Posted by Gombessa
My concern is that a teaching piano isn't just some random surface in your home. For a piano teacher, it's an exclusive surface that multiple people spend extended time at, touching it all over as they play. And if it's anything like the lessons I've had and seen, students switch off frequently with the teacher as well who is correcting and demonstrating technique. Realistically, a person may be touching their face, or any other part of their body that hasn't been scrubbed for 40 seconds, a dozen times or more over a 30-60 minutes lesson. And so is the teacher. And then the next student comes in. It's not a good situation from a social distancing perspective.

Given how transmissible we know COVID is, I think it is really, really bad advice to suggest not cleaning the piano (especially keys and bench) between lessons. Don't worry about the finish, that fake ivory touch touch surface is just plastic.

Regarding the deadliness and transmissiblity of the virus it's already too late for many countries to shut down their economy. They're all doing what China did: Lying to the entire world and their own people. This includes majority of the 1st world countries.

Cleaning, wiping, etc are all necessary health measures but at this stage in my humble opinion around 70% of us will eventually deal with this virus at some stage (if we haven't been exposed to the virus already!!!) and this is the best case scenario.

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I would say that if the teacher and the pupils are at all nervous about this, then maybe stick to Skype, as you're always going to have that tense feeling at the back of your mind.

I think you either mutually agree to do it an accept the risk, perhaps wiping the keys with Lysol (that sounded like a good idea) inbetween pupils, wear masks, and have a bottle of hand sanitiser (similar to any shop) or don't if one party is nervous.

I do think the Lysol sounds like the best one so far, as it doesn't damage the key surfaces, according to the poster. Or is there a kind of clear plastic temporary covering one can fit to the keys in the meantime, or something like that? Not ideal, but just a thought.

I would also bear in mind that adults may be more disciplined about touching their face, sneezing, coughing, etc. etc. than kids.

Just to add - that thing a few posts up about the strings - possible, but going a touch far, in my opinion, however, let's assume it's correct - teach with the lid down?

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It'd be a lot of work if you want to be thorough and wipe down every single of the 88 keys, including the 2 sides of all the black keys, every single time in between students. That is, if you want to be thorough, which you do, because what's the point if you don't in the first place.

And this is also assuming that you (should) ask every students to wash their hands thoroughly before each lesson at your house. But unless you supervise them washing their hands in your bathroom, how do you know if they do a good job washing their hands or not?

But as soon as they touch any part of their face then the keyboard, you'd have to assume that their face is contaminated, and therefore your keyboard has been contaminated again. And this is already assuming that they wear face mask while playing, so coughing and sneezing into the face mask doesn't cause contamination. And this is assuming that the face mask has enough thickness and has no filtering that can vent their breathing out unfiltered ...

Boy, it's tiring and complicated to keep up with this for every single lesson....

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Originally Posted by MacMacMac
Sage words, Gombessa.

And, yes, the keys are just plastic. Lysol wipes for the keys and for everything else. Simple.

Are we sure lysol won't discolor affect abs keys ?, what about the spray kind, does it have some sort of solvent ?

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From this website:

https://www.pianistmagazine.com/blogs/how-to-disinfect-your-piano/

Kawai's Tom Haydney offer some great advice:

"In terms of making sure germs aren’t transferred, the best thing to do is always wash hands before playing, and also after. It’s a very good habit even outside of pandemics.

Using cleaning substances containing alcohol is fine with plastic keys."

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Spray Lysol? On a piano? Shudddddder. frown
Wipes only, please.

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With the news of 97,000 children infected, and Multiple student and staff quarantined after 1st week of school reopenings, IDK guys, may have to wait it out for 3 years in the USA, or move to another country w/ sane humans.

+1. Which country has the best Kawai support? If I move to Japan will KJ be my personal technician?? smile


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Yes, I've also heard it's not recommended to use spray products on a piano (more because it gets into the keys). If I had to, I'd choose spraying a piano over risking anyone's health, but the easy alternative is to spray the solution onto a cloth (which may also give any aresolizing agents or solvents a chance to dissipate), and then use the cloth to wipe the piano.


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