1. Vaccination (or natural immunity) is the best defense. If the student feels sick and/or suspects Covid-19, please postpone the lesson until Covid is ruled out. If you believe you are sick but you feel well enough for a lesson, we can still do the lesson remotely, if desired.
2. Social Distancing: I will strive to maintain “social space” in lessons. However, it is not really possible to be 6 feet apart at all times, given the size and setup of the lesson room.
3. Face Masks: I wear a face mask with an adjustable flap or opening to allow for continuous mask-wearing, even while playing (available online or at local music stores). However, it is often inconvenient to use and can hinder direct instruction on the embouchure and other fundamentals. Nevertheless I ask students (and myself) to wear a mask for at least part of the 30-minute lesson period, especially when not playing the instrument. 4. Elastic Bell Covers are also available at local music stores or online and can be used by students in lessons. Since studies have shown that the instrument itself acts as an effective aerosol filter, I am no longer requiring bell covers in lessons, although they are recommended for trumpet/cornet, the most “transmitting” of the brass instruments.
5. Lesson Host Protocols: Paper towels or newspaper will be provided to use when emptying water from spit valves. The paper will be discarded in plastic bags at the end of each lesson and the bags tied and disposed of. My home studio is ventilated and closed off from the rest of the premises during lessons.