While the community copes with the shelter-in-place order and students may feel isolated, Da Capo Music Studio in Elburn is leveraging technology to keep pupils on track and motivated, a news release stated.
In an effort to maintain some normalcy and consistency for both teachers and students, Da Capo Music Studio has gone completely virtual, doing all lessons online. It continues to offer instruction for piano, voice, guitar, flute, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet and low brass.
The teachers and students are all at their homes, and meet once a week at regular lesson times via FaceTime, Skype or Google Duo. It has been a great way to keep students still working towards their music goals, according to the release.
Once restrictions are lifted, in-person lessons will resume at Da Capo, as well as monthly recitals and weekly ensemble rehearsals. And because the online lessons have been successful, Da Capo has decided to make it a permanent service. Students will be able to choose classes at the studio, or virtual lessons at home.
Da Capo also announced a new annual summer workshop for beginning band students called Band-Aid. The workshop is available to all students ages 9 and older who play band instruments (woodwinds and brass). Da Capo’s faculty will help them learn basics such as how to put their instruments together, posture and breathing. They also get a crash course in note reading and rhythms, and will learn to play notes and simple melodies.
Since school band programs have been cut short this year, Da Capo has decided to make the workshop free for all Kaneland School District students. Students outside the District still receive a discounted price for the workshop, and all students who participate can have a free private lesson with any Da Capo instructor.