COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Defending Online Lessons

Amy Turner

The Weekend Before Lesson Day
Coronavirus: Hey, I'm here. Going to disrupt your plans.
Piano Teacher:
Uh oh. Who are you? I can still have people in my home and teach piano lessons, right?
Coronavirus: Maybe for a while, but you might want to plan on feeling a life-altering, paralyzing fear of online lessons coming your way. Ready?
Piano Teacher: Online?! How can I teach without my student right next to me?
Coronavirus: Unless you want to lose students, you better start setting up that webcam.
Piano Teacher: Webcam?!!
Coronavirus: [scoffing, to Influenza] They think I'm the flu.
Influenza: [chuckles]
Piano Teacher: Well, aren't you? Don't I need to just send home the sick student and credit him/her for a week's lesson?
Coronavirus: I'm going to be around waaaaaay longer than Influenza. He takes summers off, remember? My summer's about to get started.
Piano Teacher: [deep breath] Okay. Online lessons. I can do this. I just set my iPhone right here on the ke... [phone falls to the floor, after banging bass keys on the way down].
Coronavirus: [snickers]
Piano Teacher: I'll try my iPad. [loading Zoom]
Zoom: This iPad is too old for me. I'm not compatible. I need something newer. Best Buy is open now, isn't it?
Piano Teacher: [polling Facebook Piano Teachers' Group] What platform do you use for online lessons?
Facebook Piano Teachers' Group: 1,778 replies, each with varying and heated opinions
Piano Teacher: [reaches for Ibuprofen]

Lesson Day
Piano Teacher: [calls first student on FaceTime]
FaceTime: You need to get in touch with someone? Oh, you need Google Duo for this one. Android and all...
Chromebook: I already have Google Duo installed! I can do it, but I'm too cumbersome to sit on your music stand.
Google Duo: Where's your ethernet cable? I'm going to be really pixel-y without that. Your student will look sort of like an amoeba, but, I mean...you can hear.
Ethernet Cable, from Upstairs: I'm up here! ...coiled up under your husband's pants in his closet! I knew one day you'd need me.
Router: How many feet long is your cord, Ethernet?
Ethernet Cable: Not long enough.
Ethernet Cable and Router: [guffaw]
Piano Teacher: [praying]
Coronavirus: Got that set up yet?

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