I have a student who is the lead singer in the school band. The first thing I asked him is always “ok what should we work on now for your next performance?’ Then he told me the other day that the band has stopped by school.
That’s when I realised that on Monday, school across NSW were told that singing and playing wind instruments in groups should cease for the rest of term 3. The reaction for this varies. Some teachers said it is unfair that students were presented from playing and singing in bands but can still play contact sport on the weekend wile their parents could attend pubs, clubs and restaurants. Some teachers and kids are just relieved and are happy to have a break.
If you ask me, I do think it’s good to stop because it is hard to think of a way that groups can perform safely together. Covid 19 spreads from person to person through droplets in the air, even if the person does not show any symptoms of the disease. Both private and public schools should do their best to provide safe environment to kids.
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We always teach students to project the voice with diaphragm breathing technique. Well trained vocalists sing with strong air speed and lung pressure which will produce more aerosols. I do think there is risk in choir singing and I also believe that even in private lessons there is necessary to have sufficient space in conducting singing lessons with students. SO kids!! if you still love to come and sing, please ....air kiss and hug only. We have a big studio we don't need to stand so close to each other OK? hahahha
I know it is hard for the teachers and students but being safe is the most important thing. Lets not take any risk and stay safe.