Beethoven adapted…we can too!
"Beethoven adapted…we can too!”
Like many coaching services, Summit Music Centre in Collingwood chose to switch to online lessons during the COVID19 lockdown. With some quick thinking and adaptability, the Music Centre led by Christine Gardhouse has kept students and parents engaged and excited about learning music while we all stay at home.
“Learning online with Christine the last couple of months has been a really positive experience,” says studio parent Janine Murphy. “Christine was ahead of the curve, with a game plan already lined up when everything was changing so rapidly with social isolation guidelines.”
Gardhouse explains that the switch to online lessons was accomplished seamlessly. “We implemented our online learning plan and have kept up our lessons without missing a beat.” Murphy explains, “The online interface was very smooth. Accessing learning materials, bonus materials, and her effective teaching videos was very simple. Lessons were very efficient, with Christine being able to see my child play their pieces, and give valuable feedback in real-time.”
Summit Music Centre is a co-operative of music teachers offering a variety of learning opportunities for all ages and abilities, including piano, Music for Young Children®, and flute lessons. Gardhouse explains that while they are doing things differently right now, the Music Centre continues to provide the quality lessons students and parents are used to.
“When life gives you lemons… make music!” says studio parent Courtney Colekessian. “Aside from missing our group lessons and seeing Christine in person, I feel my girls have not lost any time because of this pandemic and have made our virtual music lessons our "new normal".”
“We appreciate the extra time and attention studio teacher Lesley constantly puts into her lessons, both in the studio and now on Zoom!” say parents Steve and Vanessa Ferris. “As her student, Sonja has progressed very quickly on the flute, and is excited to continue with Lesley next year!”
“Nothing is quite as rich as an in-person learning experience,” says Murphy, “but I was quite satisfied with the online lessons. In September, if online is the only option open to us, I will not hesitate to participate again.”
Summit Music Centre wants to thank all the families who graciously adjusted to online lessons and continue to make music together. “Seeing the students online each week has brought routine, normalcy and joy to these uncertain times, and we feel very blessed to continue teaching our students.” says Gardhouse.