ISSUE NO. 17 | JULY 2020
A MODERN DAY REOPENING
THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF MODERN DAY MUSIC SCHOOL
MDM staff and students are excited to be back to in-person lessons this month! On July 6th, we’ll be back to business as usual with some important changes to ensure the health of the MDM community.
When entering MDM, we now have a sanitizing station where everyone must sanitize their hands and secure their mask before entering. All staff, students, and parents are required to wear masks in the building and in lessons, so please don't forget to bring yours!
BY LAURA BETH JOHNSON
Our smaller lesson rooms have a plexiglass shield between student and coach to ensure safety for both. This is especially important for voice lessons when, at times, wearing a mask is not possible.
Our staff will be disinfecting all doorknobs, surfaces, piano keys, the bathroom, and lesson rooms between every set of lessons to ensure MDM is fully sanitized for each student. We also use a professional cleaning service. Our number one priority is your family’s health and the health of our staff.
All staff are answering COVID screening questions before every shift in addition to taking their temperature. Students can help by taking their temperature before coming to MDM and practicing standard safety measures such as washing their hands, wearing masks, social distancing, and not touching their face in public.
We also made some changes to ensure the lobby does not get overcrowded. We ask that all parents stay in their cars until 2 minutes before their child’s lesson is over. At that time, you can come into the lobby to get the usual lesson feedback from the coach. We appreciate everyone waiting in their cars or outside before lessons begin and end.
As the gym is still closed, there will be no water fountain access. Bringing a filled water bottle to lessons is highly encouraged. Please make sure your child keeps track of their bottle as a lost and found is not possible at this time.
Lastly, we are still looking forward to doing events like showcases and shows. These will have to be in large locations — ideally we’re looking for outdoor areas. We’re also considering holding events by age groups to minimize the number of attendees. We don’t have an exact date on this yet, but are continuing to watch state guidelines. We will be sure to let all students know as soon as it is feasible to do a showcase. That first one back is going to be so special for all of us!
Beyond our new protocol, we are, of course, committed to keeping our space full of positivity and growth as we navigate this re-opening together. Thank you for bearing with us as we face this unprecedented situation. The coaches were amazed by how quickly students adapted to Zoom lessons and were able to continue to grow! For families that aren’t ready to resume in-person lessons, we’re more than happy to continue Zoom lessons. If you have questions or concerns, our office would love to talk with you.
You may wear a mask now and get an elbow bump instead of a high five, but MDM is still the same. We’re here for you in ways big and small. We believe your potential as a musician is limitless and we’re committed to seeing musicians excel in a safe and healthy environment.
Sarah G. (16) is a voice and guitar student who has used her time at home to practice a new instrument and start writing original music! She said, “Lessons have given me something to look forward to and help mark the days. I’m missing so much so it’s nice to have something to do.”
Sarah takes voice with Laura and guitar with Tony although she’s also been learning piano in her extra free time. “I’ve been really impressed by how Sarah has continued to challenge herself,” said Laura, “We learned an art song for a school requirement and she went above and beyond with practicing to make sure it was just right.” Tony loves bouncing songwriting ideas back and forth with Sarah and is proud of how she has grown as a pianist and lyricist in the last few months.
“Music does do a lot to help me cope,” Sarah shared. “Listening to it and making it is a distraction from feeling overwhelmed, it’s a release method for anxiety. It’s been very beneficial to me over quarantine.” She continued, “I’m grateful that with Zoom I’ve been able to stay safe and keep my family safe and also keep going with music.”
Last month, Laura and Tony surprised Sarah at her home with a special socially distanced birthday performance! Tony played guitar and they both sang a few tunes for her including Happy Birthday! “I was so surprised!” she said, “It was really fun to see them and hear them sing!”
We love hearing stories like this where coaches go above and beyond to encourage and inspire their students. “In the future I can see myself writing songs and teaching music,” said Sarah, “Music impacts me so much and I want to continue to share that positivity with others the way my coaches do with me.”
Sarah’s quarantine song of encouragement has been Trying My Best by Anson Seabra which is about overcoming struggles.
We are hoping to restart our group programs as soon as possible! We will not be doing a new summer session, unfortunately, but will continue with the spring session that has yet to be completed.
We are still looking for social media videos of you or your child performing, playing their instrument, or singing at home. Please send them our way!
A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR OUR NEW STUDENTS and returning students in june!
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