• Michael

"Our piano lesson is the only thing that gets us out of the house these days"

Welp, here we are.

The 2020-2021 "school year" is about to begin. Oof.

I say "school year" with quotes not to be snotty, because honestly, our teachers, school administrators, and parents are doing a heroic job right now attempting to make the best of a very bizarre situation. I am immensely proud to be a part of this community.

Still, we know that things won't be the same, at least not for a while. School is, after all, about so much more than learning to read, to solve math problems, or to locate America on a map.

In school, kids learn how to socialize. They learn how to make friends, how to interact with authority figures, how to play. They learn how to act in public when they go on field trips; they learn about the arts, about culture, and about how human beings interact with each other in the world.

There is obviously no alternative, but kids are going to lose a lot of that when schooling goes online for 2020-2021.

But, it's not all bad news.

While sports and other group activities remain largely impossible at this point, various local arts organizations are working the midnight oil to prepare programs for your kids.

Because of the unique one-on-one format, music lessons remain one of the only ways that kids can interact with people outside of their nuclear families.

Every week, I hear the same thing from my tudents --- and from students in our violin, guitar, and voice programs -- that they are SO glad they are still able to come to their weekly lessons.

Tacoma Music Lab is very safety conscious. We provide masks for anyone who forgets theirs, enforce strict hand-washing and hand-sanitizing procedures, and wipe down our instruments before and after every use.

Because of these safety measures, and because of the individualized nature of music lessons, TML students still retain this valuable opportunity once a week to socialize directly with an adult --- an instructor who is invested in their growth -- who can hear about their experience in the world right now.

What's more, students often see other students in the waiting area of the Lab, and with appropriate distancing measures, can actually SEE another kid. OOF.

I'm not saying this as a business owner, but as a human being: I am VERY grateful that we can still teach music in this crazy environment.

If it's in the cards for your family, I think you will feel the same.

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