No-Cost “Warm-Up Wednesday” Appointments Now Offered On Zoom

Since we’re stuck inside for a while longer, we might as well stay in shape for our glorious return to normal. All current, past and prospective vocal studio friends are invited to set up a private no-cost Zoom appointment with me for Warm-Up Wednesdays between 9:00a and 11:00a. We’ll start with ten individual slots for 12 minutes each. Just have your laptop or cellphone ready with your warm up tracks and we’ll jump on and off at the appointed time! Lemme know!

All Voice & Instrument Lessons Online Now!

Our position as music studio owners, theatre people, musicians and music educators has always been “don’t make it about the money.” We’re here to help you realize your dream and “living the dream” often means waiting tables, tutoring/teaching/assisting, construction gigs, etc. between auditions. If you’re a parent, you want to keep your child’s daily and weekly experience as close to “normal” as possible – which involves social interaction and continual learning with friends, schoolmates and teachers.

Thus, we are not shutting down the studio to wait out the virus. Until at least April 19, everything we do is going to be online via FaceTime or WhatsApp. If you have a laptop with a camera, great, let’s use it and get to work.

Speaking of which, what if you’re not working right now?

Easy. Pay what you can. It is a long-standing theatre tradition that recognizes the need for art and joy over class, social status or checking account. Don’t make it about the money – we’re not.

In the meantime, let’s at least get some weekly vocal warm-ups in, shall we?

Between 10a and 12n daily M-F, I will be offering NO COST weekly vocal warm-ups via FaceTime/WhatsApp to as many friends as I can. Just text or email me to schedule. All you have to do is make sure you are looking into a mirror at home.

See you soon!

FaceTime and Online Voice & Music Sessions To Get You Through

It’s been two whole days of social distancing and, like you, we’re already feeling pretty stir-crazy. A high percentage of our friends/clients/students are still coming to the studio in-person, which is great because it’s nice to get out of the house, it’s super fun to sing and play and there are only two of us in the studio at any time which keeps transmission chances extremely low. That, and the fact that we have 15-minute buffers between sessions, before and after every session we spray and clean all surfaces that have been touched (doorknobs, piano keys, chair armrests, music stands, etc.) and elbow bump or give a friendly wave hello and goodbye is about as safe as we can be without resorting to full-time hazmat apparel.

However, as we aggressively “flatten the curve,” the FaceTime/Online option is a good one for students who want to stay in practice during quarantine. We use FaceTime and WhatsApp and if you have a laptop or phone with a camera, that’s about all you need to get going. It does help to have a mini-stand for your phone because it can get pretty awkward holding a phone and playing guitar. Our online approach continues to evolve and for those of you who do use a laptop and have gmail, we can utilize Google Hangout. In the meantime, we make sure you have the materials and we take it from there.

30-minute online voice and instrument sessions are very efficient and since our music studio is open 24/7, we’re ready when you are.

We’re Open, Just Stay On Top Of It

We have taken the extra step of creating 15 minute buffers between sessions during the Coronavirus pandemic. If you or your student don’t feel well, stay home, no worries. Here is an email from our dear friend Dr. Marc Futernick:

I’ve been asked about this pandemic by many people, so figured I’d share my thoughts with this group that has been with me for so long.  As always, feel free to share.

The virus is currently in our communities, throughout the country, in much higher numbers than the official counts. There is still insufficient testing, and the majority of people are minimally symptomatic so will never be tested, but are still spreading the virus.
Even if some medications are found that might help, this will have minimal impact on the overall morbidity and mortality.
An effective vaccine will not help this season, and even when available will have less than perfect efficacy, just like the flu vaccine.

Right now, the only answer is in all of our hands.  We must shut down every public contact that is not essential.  If you are able to protect yourself by staying home, you should do that as strictly as you can manage.  This is the only real protection.  Don’t visit people at risk in person, and there are a lot of people at risk.  I’m nearly 50 and feel like I’m in great health, but statistically I am still at significant risk of getting critically ill if (when?) I get this virus.

If everyone practices social distancing, staying home and limiting exposures, then those of us who don’t have that ability will be much safer.  This virus will burn out if we stop giving it to each other.  Right now, that is the only way to protect our healthcare workers, police, and others who must interact with the public.  

  • If you have even a very low grade fever or a mild cough, assume you have the virus and be vigilant about quarantining yourself. 
  • If you do not have symptoms, stay home, and only go out if you absolutely must.
  • Don’t come to the ER unless you’ve talked to a health professional first (feel free to call me) and you absolutely need to (e.g., you are having trouble breathing).  The ER is where you will undoubtedly find the virus.

 Please stay safe, and take this seriously.  Do this for yourself, for your family, and for your entire community.  

Marc Futernick, MDEmergency Physician
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