Sarah Dutcher sits at her dark wood Yamaha grand piano in Clinton Hill and looks to her right. A nearby computer shows her student’s hands strut across each key. The image is a little shaky—the student’s mom is using FaceTime on a phone to connect for the weekly lesson.
The coronavirus emergency has moved piano instruction online, creating new challenges for instructors and students.
Hunter College is providing keyboards to students, said professor Geoffrey Burleson, who told Bklyner that instructors are discovering other limitations to remote teaching: “You can’t really do a chamber music or a band rehearsal through Zoom or video-conferencing programs because you’ll go out of sync all of the time.”