In late August, 2022, I tested positive for COVID-19. This brief video outlines my experience with the illness, my symptoms, and the impact it had upon my piano performance post-illness. The video concludes with three considerations I suggest for those teaching students returning to the piano after being ill with COVID.
My COVID-19 Experience
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I am a classically trained pianist who loves all things musical. I can often be found giving private piano lessons, on the concert stage, or in rehearsal of some type. Currently I am Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. When I'm not making music, I enjoy reading a great novel or trying out a new recipe. View more posts
2 thoughts on “My COVID-19 Experience”
Dr. Freeman – thank you for sharing your personal experience with COVID. To me, this video was not just about COVID; it was a reminder that we, as teachers, should always be cognizant of our students’ mental, emotional, and physical well-being. While having the physical symptoms of COVID is stressful in itself, there is also mental stress associated with quarantining and the side effects of the physical symptoms (e.g. losing tastebuds and not being able to enjoy food).
As teachers, we should always strive to be empathic to our students’ individual situations, and be flexible to amending our lesson plans when needed, to ensure the students’ success and continued enjoyment throughout these difficult times.
Absolutely, Yuka! It’s amazing how these “big” events (like dealing with COVID) can remind us of the very basic things we should be doing in our lessons on a regular basis anyway. Thanks for watching!