Saturday, July 25, 2020

In these uncertain and unprecedented times, and in response to guidelines and laws laid out by Public Health Officials, the CDC, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and the City and County of San Diego our first priority is the health, safety and welfare of all students and staff.  At this time, all lessons are conducted via FaceTime or Zoom and in-person private lessons are not available.  

Scientists say that the volume of airborne droplet nuclei generated by singing is six times more than those emitted during normal talking, the equivalent to coughing. (Although singing is contained, whereas coughing is not).  There is currently no barrier considered 100% safe for singing in contained spaces like a practice room or music studio.

New research has been done into aerosols and how they behave.  Please see the interview below with Professor Kimberley Pathor for an easy-to-understand account of these more recent findings.

We continue to monitor the situation closely and to stay on top of the latest trusted information, advice and mandates.  We know that virtual lessons are not the same as meeting in-person, but we are lucky to have the virtual option, and to continue to learn and grow as musical artists.  We'll be together again, soon.

ALL LESSONS WILL REMAIN VIRTUAL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, MOST LIKELY UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR.

Do...

  • WEAR A WELL-FITTED MASK OR FACE COVERING: Wear your mask in all enclosed spaced and even in outside public spaces too.  Even if you're wearing a mask, still maintain a minimum of 6ft distance from others around you.

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • wash your hands as soon as you get back home

  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards

  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don't...

  • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Here's what the CDC says about PREVENTION:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Ways to help stop the spread of infection:

Helpful Information:

Interview with Professor Kimberley Pathor, PhD, Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry at UC San Diego, June 16

https://youtu.be/PU8Hf_5-oLc

National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Webinar from May 5, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2867&v=DFl3GsVzj6Q&feature=emb_logo

The New York Times, When Will It Be Safe To Sing Together Again? from June 9, 2020

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/09/arts/music/choirs-singing-coronavirus-safe.html

Advanced Audio Settings in Zoom for better sound quality in Music Lessons

https://www.lessonface.com/content/advanced-audio-settings-zoom

How to get best sound for music lessons using apple or android devices (phones and tablets)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfszcjY8VDI

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