UPDATED: June 3, 2020
We have received some calls asking if teachers would be able to homes for lessons. While this will ultimately be a decision left to individual teachers and their students’ families, we are asking any teachers who do return to in-person teaching to follow these guidelines:
- Wear a mask while teaching
- Maintain appropriate social distancing (6 feet) during lessons (as long as there is adequate space, this is relatively easy for most instruments)
- Use hand sanitizer before/after lessons
- Remove shoes when entering students’ homes
- Try not to handle students’ instruments as much as possible (if they do need to do so, they should make sure their hands are clean beforehand)
- Maintain proper hygiene on their own instruments
In addition to joining our teachers in wearing masks (if they feel comfortable doing so) and maintaining a 6-foot distance during lessons, we are also asking any families that invite our teachers back into their homes to make sure that their own instruments–especially large and shared instruments like pianos–are appropriately cleaned before and after each lesson. Please see our previous updates (below) for more information on how to do this effectively.
And finally, we would like to share the current CDC guidelines for protecting yourself from the virus.
We will, of course, continue to offer live online lessons. Before in-person lessons resume, families and their teachers should come to a mutual agreement. Please contact your teacher, or contact us and and we will get in touch with them on your behalf.
-The SSS Team
P.S. Remember that we also have online video courses available for purchase (stay tuned for more info on our new courses soon!) and free live streams!
May 19, 2020
Zoom has released a required update to improve their security measures. It will automatically update on May 30th, so in order to avoid a delay on that day, make sure your client is up-to-date today!
April 14, 2020
We now have a dedicated Online Video Lessons page! Please check back for further information in the near future. Thanks! – The SSS Team
April 2, 2020
String Sound Studios remains committed to providing quality music education, even during this unusual time. To that end, we are very happy to be offering live video lessons using ZOOM.
As some of you might be aware, Zoom is a video conferencing software like Skype, but we think it is much more user-friendly. We’ve written up a short guide to using Zoom, which you can read here (on Google Docs) or here (on our website). (We are planning on offering this service in the future as well, to bring our lessons to everyone–not just those in the Long Island area!)
*If you take live video lessons with us in April, you are eligible for a 10% discount! Please call us at 631-476-8946 for more details!*
Additionally, a quick reminder that we also have Guitar and Ukulele video courses available for purchase (if you want to learn on your own schedule) and our Live Streams are archived for FREE on YouTube.
Be well, play music, and don’t forget to wash your hands!
– The SSS Team
March 12, 2020
Because of the current concerns surrounding COVID-19, we are asking our clients and teachers to take the following precautions:
- If you or anyone in your house is sick, please don’t hesitate to cancel lessons. Let us know as soon as you can, and we will work with you to reschedule when everyone is feeling better.
- Clean/sanitize your instruments. You can wipe down keys and strings with disinfecting wipes, or a rag or paper towel with cleaner sprayed onto it. Please do not spray anything directly onto your instruments, and avoid using bleach as it may cause damage!
For Teachers specifically
- Keep a distance from anyone who is ill. We know this is difficult in our line of work, but do your best if you have to teach in a home with a sick child!
- Use hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) in between lessons, especially if your student or anyone in their house was sick.
- Wash your hands with soap and water, frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cough/sneeze into a disposable tissue or your sleeve/arm (not into your hands).