Over 500 students are taking online music lessons so they never have to miss a “beat.”
Have you always wanted your child to learn how to play an instrument but could never find the time? Well, we now have nothing but time, and Forté Music School is offering music lessons online to make learning safe and convenient.
Students can still have hands-on, one-on-one instruction from an experienced Forté instructor while maintaining social distancing guidelines. Music lessons help sharpen the mind, incorporate new learning experiences, and–perhaps most importantly during this uncertain time–provide an emotional outlet. To help families retain a sense of normalcy, they can now log on and enjoy regular music lessons. New students are also welcome to begin lessons and instruments can be purchased online.
The transition to the online format has been of little “treble” to the superb instructors at Forté. Using familiar, reliable platforms like Skype, Zoom, and FaceTime, teachers can guide students with ease. Some teachers even offer online lessons year-round, so students can stay connected from anywhere in the world.
Parents and students alike are enjoying the transition. One parent exclaims, “[My son] enjoys the online lessons! He was so excited to see his teacher and to get involved again with his instrument after two weeks locked at home. He enjoyed having a change of pace with an activity he loves.”
Director Virgil Lupu has been working around the clock alongside Heather Williams (office manager) and Bogdan Berindean (Assistant Director) to make sure all faculty and students have everything they need to make the transition to online smooth and enjoyable.
“Music has such a healing power, one that is vital in uncertain times. I believe that our instructors provide such experiences, experiences that are especially beneficial at this time,” confesses Lupu. In initiating this transition, Lupu had to close the school for an early spring break. During this time, he and his staff created video tutorials for 3 different platforms, conducted phone and video call training sessions with all 35 teachers, and distributed iPads, keyboards, and method books to ensure every teacher had everything they needed.
“I really couldn’t have done it alone. I am so grateful to have such reliable and hardworking staff,” Lupu credits.