The Socially-Distant Rehearsal

It’s late August and like many of you, I’ve been easing back into a sense of normalcy as the fall semester began albeit with some very new procedures. I’ve been impressed by my students as they have taken to wearing masks in class and following social distancing guidelines with seemingly no difficulty. Their flexibility and adaptability to this new education scenario has really given me a sense of optimism for the rest of the school year. Hopefully, we will be able to get this pandemic more under control and return to more social pursuits.

                I was pleased this past week to be able to run my first band rehearsal since March 10th. I’ve decided to run two smaller sectional rehearsals (woodwinds and then brass/percussion) instead of a large band rehearsal following risk mitigation techniques recommended by CBDNA and NAfME. The rehearsals are small, socially distant, and last only 30 minutes. We’re wearing masks except when playing and making sure to wipe down all surfaces what we’ve been touching at the end of rehearsal.

                I can report from last week’s first rehearsal that even though it was under these unusual circumstances, it felt really good to be making music again. It took some getting used to, but I feel like our socially distant rehearsal was productive in several ways. I also discovered that as much as I don’t like wearing the mask during my lecture classes, I really hate wearing one during rehearsal! Oh, well. Regardless, I’m grateful to have some positivity back in my daily routine and am looking forward to the day that we can ditch the distant rehearsal and just make music the way we used to. Thanks again for taking the time to read my blog and I hope that you have a great September!

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