Covid-19 & Online Lessons
Due to the restrictions in place to contain the Covid-19 virus, I will continue lessons online via video calls (as outlined in my previous letter) commencing Tuesday 24th March for as long as required.
Music lessons via video have been around for quite some time! I have experience teaching online with good results and found there were actually some advantages such as no travel needed to attend lessons, and students always have their music (It’s not left on the bus or in the car!).
The following will apply:
The timetable will run as usual so that we can continue with our routine. Your lesson will start and finish at the usual time. HOWEVER, if your lesson time clashes with your travel to/from school, another time slot will be organised.
We will be sitting side by side just as we normally would - only it will be in cyberspace!
Please set up your device or webcam at one end of the piano so that your hands can be seen. You will need to have it supported upright on a stool or table high enough to see the keys.
If using a mobile phone, stand the phone upright at the end of the piano looking along the keyboard. Place a small object in front to stop it slipping.
Have your notebook and a pencil/eraser handy.
I have chosen Skype (see link below) as my application of choice for our online lessons, it is free and available for a huge range of devices including mobile, desktop, tablet, iPad, Alexa, X-Box and more.
Skype: My Skype name is: L.Buttenshaw
Resources, theory sheets and extra information will be emailed – let me know which address you would like me to use!
Students will be able to catch up on their general music knowledge, music appreciation and music theory. I will send you activities to do at home.
I appreciate there may be some initial ‘setting up’ issues!
All students will have their first video lesson free of charge to sort out what works best for them.
I am looking forward to continuing our learning and seeing you all ‘on screen’!
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.
All the best,
NB: Please let me know if you do not have internet or if your connection is very poor. We will discuss avenues of learning including activities that can be posted or safely collected when you come into town. I have even had people play music over the phone! Your lessons may need to be modified to suit your situation, but we can work together to maintain some continuity and worthwhile learning.
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Good sounding piano at tip!
We spotted an old Beale upright piano at the Bland Shire Council Tip in West Wyalong on 30th October 2019. The piano had been set aside so that offers could be made for it. The sound was good and the keys worked fine on all notes except the lowest. Unfortunately the case veneer had been damaged by water, but it would make a fun restoration project, and could be played right now.
NB: Moving a piano is not easy you would need a good team.
Unsure if the piano is still there but it could be worth a look(see picture below).