On one hand I have been saddened by the temporary closure of schools. The poor teachers have been frantically trying to post lessons and work via the internet so that their students may continue to progress in their classes at home. On the other hand, I have been so proud of my daughters and daughters-in-law and how they have managed to take those on-line lessons and also plan their own activities for their children at home.
Teachers (like my daughter who teaches performance classes of Band, Orchestra, Choir and is the Vocal Coach and Choreographer for the middle school musical) are having a tough time. Her Title I Middle School students are not allowed to take their instruments home, so the band and orchestra students simply have no instruments to practice with. The choir classes this term were enrolled solely to perform in the school musical. Her only option for the Band and Orchestra classes has been to provide General Music worksheets, fingering chart memorization activities, and required listening assignments. For the Chorus classes, she decided to create videos of snippets of the School Musical's Ensemble songs with choreography that the kids can practice to. Still holding out hope that school will come back in late April and that the Musical and Concerts will be able to take place!
As glad as we are to have the internet and many streaming sources, we are finding that staying far away from people is really NOT satisfying. Our culture is one of Service and Interaction with People. Social Distancing is especially difficult when trying to teach performance classes. We NEED each other. Hopefully, we can all be diligent for this most serious time so that it can be of brief duration. Praying for a successful outcome and that the progression of the coronavirus will be stopped in its tracks!