What in studio lessons look like during COVID?

In studio lessons - this is my goal for all students beginning July 2021.

​I currently offer a limited number of my youngest students, a handful of adult student, and my most advanced students in-studio lessons on a case-by-case basis.

I will receive my second immunization April 7, 2021.  

Everyone MUST wear a clean mask, covering nose and mouth, at all times at 615 N Sherman Ave - this applies inside the Music Studios at 615 Suite, hallways, restrooms, stairwell, and studio spaces. I strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask when you exit your vehicle (outdoors) - and as you encounter others in the parking lot and sidewalks, and in the adjacent outdoor cafe space at  Ancora Coffee.

Students MUST wear clean socks - I will not allow street shoes inside my studio. Shad will wear shoes that he wear indoors in the studio only. (Students may leave shoes in the lobby on the designated black carpets - street shoes are permitted in the lobby unless they are soiled / in which case I ask that they be left on the black carpet in the hallway).

Students must regularly wash the piano bag, and bring all of their own materials to lesson. Shad will handle materials as needed. 

Students will be scheduled with a 15 minute break between households / this will allow time for the air purifiers to work (clean the air) and also allow Shad sufficient time to wipe down surfaces and disinfect piano keys, the bench, and clean as needed. 

The is no food or drink permitted in the lobby. 

In the lobby, please seat yourselves by household - if someone is waiting in the lobby and they are not from your household, please maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet. 

There is a 5 person limit in the lobby. Seating is arranged to allow "two" zones - i.e. two households and social distancing. A separate air purifier runs constantly in the lobby. 

Phase 1 begins Saturday, April 10

​Phase 2 begins Monday, May 3

​Phase 3 begins with Summer Session - Monday June 28, 2021

By attending a lesson in-person, I am asking that all students recognize there is an assumed risk associated with being in relatively close proximity - as is reasonable - for a private piano lesson. Understand that Shad may occasionally stand or sit in close (less than 3 foot) proximity as is necessary to conduct a piano lesson. For at least half of the lesson, Shad will be seated on the opposite side of a plexiglass wall - and will use hand sanitizer before and after close or near-close contact with a student. 

Until the State of WI officially receives a designation whereby we have "attained herd immunity", I reserve the right to the following:

I will not ask a student to report or share their immunization status, nor limit who is eligible to take an in-studio lesson other than by enforcing safety protocols. I will assume that students may come in contact with someone who has had COVID, and recognize that mask wearing, hand washing, distancing, and air purifiers are strategies that help to minimize our risk. I appreciate students who share their known exposures and self-isolate by requesting a virtual-online lesson if a known exposure or risk becomes evident - I encourage sharing in the spirit of safety but will not require it.

I will not risk myself, nor any of my students, by granting exceptions to my COVID policies and protocols. 

I will not refund tuition or fees for any reason related to COVID. I will exercise compassion, and reschedule lessons as is necessary to encourage safety and open communication among individuals who feel comfortable self-identifying and sharing information with Shad. 

I will continue to enforce a mask-required and no-street shoes policy through the entirety of Winter-Spring 2022, and beyond if indeed that is advised by professional advisors. 

The following essays and weblinks inform my decision and policies as stated above:






I welcome input from students and families whose expertise will inform a modicum of reason and awareness as regards COVID best practices. Thank you! - Shad

Things I will not do

End a lesson if a student seems unwell or refuses to wear a mask / or abide by studio policies; if such a circumstance occurs, I will reschedule that lesson as a virtual lesson - at my discretion and level of comfort. 

Suspend in-studio lessons and reschedule as online-virtual lessons if there is an "outbreak" or relatively high-risk circumstances as regards the COVID-19 coronavirus.​​

April 10 - I will invite 8 students to in-studio lessons each week - provided protocols and policies are adhered to.

May 3 - I will invite all students to have an in-studio lesson each week - provided protocols and policies are adhered to.

June 28 - in-studio for every lesson will be my default - provided protocols and policies are adhered to - although students who are under the weather may take online, and any students may choose online if that is their preference.