Wow, how has it already been 3 years working full-time in the studio? And 15 months of that time has been spent handling lessons during a worldwide pandemic!
The past year has taught me a lot about the word "Navigating." I used that word at least once a day during the pandemic. It is typically used in a travel setting, as its definition is : "to plan and direct the course of ship, plane, car etc.,"
Funny that with coronavirus raging around the world, I would consistently use a word most associated with the word "travel," when I couldn't travel at all, whether it be for adoption or vacation.
But as I reflect on all the decisions that had to be made in the past 15 months regarding the studio, I was, in fact, planning and directing the course of my teaching. Because every decision counted, for the safety and protection of each student, their immediate families, and their nearby family members.
So March 2020 through August 2020 became a strictly virtual lesson studio, and that was good and wise for that time period. We knew very little about the virus at the time, so when school was shut down for the students for the rest of the school year, my studio was able to provide the weekly, consistent, and stable rhythm of teaching that encouraged progress and growth.
August 2020 to January 2021 was another unique phase in the studio, wherein I allowed in-person lessons, but only in an outdoor setting. This required a bit of creativity, as a keyboard was purchased for the use of lessons either outside on my back deck or inside my g