On Friday March 13, 2020, life changed for me (and many, many other people!). It was my last day at the Community Music Center of Boston in-person, and I thought we might be away for a couple of weeks. But, here we are, July 4th, still working and teaching from home.
I am proud to say that the Music Center and I were teaching over 80% of our classes online within 2-weeks of that confusing day. I miss my students and singing together more than words could express, but I am proud of the work and perseverance that allowed us to continue teaching in the virtual world.
With a quality external microphone and an investment in my overall setup, my home studio is flourishing. With so much time spent inside my house, it is a joy and privilege to connect with my students each week via video chat to sing, play, dance, and learn. I look forward to each lesson, overcoming the challenges, and forgetting about the bigger problems in the world for an hour or so.
It's such a unique time to be working with students, hearing their curiosities, talking through their confusions, and making music. We have made great progress while online, and even new students have had great success. I feel so lucky to still get this connection with my students. For information about joining me for online lessons and classes during the coronavirus shutdown, please email me at SamanthaGambaccini@gmail.com.