As I write this, the United States is going through the Covid-19 uproar. Schools are closed, and teachers are delivering instruction remotely. Many businesses and social venues are closed. People are nervous about their health and the health of their loved ones. Honestly, it's a scary time. As a music teacher, you are probably scrambling to find relevant online sources to provide your students with the best opportunities to "music", or experience music as a verb. It's not easy. But, we know as musicians, our art is a human necessity for emotional outlets during stress.  But go back to your life "before" corona. It was probably made up of ensemble or program rehearsals, faculty meetings, making lesson plans, attending professional development, and tending to your own family.      Now think back to the first time you just knew you were going into music somehow. For me, it was eighth grade. Band was my jam. I loved that it gave me someone that was...
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I'm pretty sure you know all about COVID-19, a viral disease that is pretty well turning the lives of citizens of the globe upside down.  The strongest, and most logical, advice given to prevent the spread is to thoroughly wash hands and avoid crowds. Unfortunately, the testing system for the virus is still, at this writing, not catching up with those who are carrying it. Sports events, concerts, local events, places of worship....all are canceling until further notice. One of the most obvious germ-collecting areas, of course, are schools. Not only are there students who get sent to school with a fever because a parent or guardian cannot afford to take a day off, but there are students with conditions that cause them to be immunosuppressed. For the protection of everyone, many states are calling off school after spring breaks to allow those who might be infected to be quarantined, preventing the illness from spreading further.  But, pathogens that cause pandemics aren't t...