There appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel . . . COVID cases are falling, vaccines are being rolled out . . . NOW WHAT?!
KAM has begun preparations
for reopening our studios
COVID supplies (sanitizer, signage, clorox wipes, etc.) are here.
Our pianos are scheduled to be tuned next month. We have even acquired an additional piano so there can be 2 pianos in each of KAM's larger studios (one for the teacher and one for the student). This additional one is also portable so it will double as a traveling stage piano should KAM be performing outside (complete with pedal and speakers)!
Our studios have been equipt with rolling laptop / I-pad stands so teachers can easily pivot between in-person and virtual lessons depending on your choice once we return to our on-site studios.
Once Miss Karen gives the green light we will be able to begin phasing back . . . first private lessons for bass | guitar | piano | ukulele | violin; later voice lessons, semi-private lessons, and group classes.
As we begin to re-open . . . for those who choose in-person lessons . . . initially it will be one student and one teacher ONLY in each of our larger studios . . . the lobbies will not be in use . . parents / caregivers will be waiting in their cars in the parking lot. Lessons will need to be scheduled with time in between for cleaning and sanitizing. And, of course, masks will still be required and 6 ft social distancing by all expected. It will be your teacher's responsibility to sort out scheduling accordingly . . . . but only once Miss Karen says go!
A couple of weeks ago KAM teachers met on Zoom to discuss and learn about the above plans. As we get closer, there will be additional meetings to solidify details and Zoom Info Sessions for all of you . . . So you'll have a chance to be directly informed and you can ask questions, etc. then.
In the meantime, please read whatever information is shared in the coming weeks and save your questions, etc. for those sessions . . . 150 students + multiple teachers all trying to ask for the same not yet set information one at a time will just create a mass of emails and/or lesson time lost - things for which there is an immediate answer that should be shared are bound to get lost in a mess like that - so let's avoid it.
Most importantly . . . though I understand we all would love to know the answer . . . Do not repeatedly ask WHEN DO WE GET TO GO BACK?! . . . We've all had that kid in the back seat of the car constantly asking Are we there yet? Please don't let that be you. You will know the answer to that when it is going to happen (but not before that). I promise.
KAM is not part of the public schools . . . which means schools opening doesn't automatically mean KAM opens . . . KAM families come from many different cities and towns . . . some towns have very low incidences of COVID right now (as of yesterday Grafton is even back to Green levels) while others are still much higher . . . Just last night we added another student and her family battling COVID . . . that's 3 KAM families that I know of just in the first couple of months of 2021 (yes, just this year).
The vaccine rollout has begun . . . Miss Karen got her first shot today . . . yes, she made a whole bunch of healthcare workers smile for the rest of the day! No joke, this housecat will be fully vaccinated on April 1st!
Stan shared that he is scheduled to receive his first shot on Monday and we hope the rest of the team will have the opportunity to get protected soon (Indeed getting the world vaccinated is a challenge of mamouth proportions . . . and patience is a virtue). Vaccinations don't totally prevent the virus but they sure do make re-opening much safer for all.
Believe me I miss our studios and performing too! I haven't seen my apartment in NYC in a year.
That being said, we have enough frustration out there already surrounding vaccine promises - We don't need more frustration because Miss Karen set a date to return and then had to renege on it. The official date that in-studio lessons will begin to be available and full details of what to expect will be announced on our website, in a mailer, and on Facebook when it is about to happen.
Thank you for your patience . . . We will return soon . . . I am carefully watching . . . Stay Safe & Stay tuned!
Looking forward to more wonderful music making this spring!
Fall lessons begin in September. We will continue entirely online with KAM CAM lessons until further notice.
CAM KAM SHOWCASES, opportunities for KAM students to perform online, will resume in October for Halloween and continue through the Holiday Season.
See your teacher for details on deadlines for your performance videos.
Summer lessons begin next week. We will continue entirely online with KAM CAM lessons until further notice (Most likely Fall at the earliest).
KAM CAM SHOWCASES, opportunities for KAM students to perform online have been added to our programing. See your teacher for details on deadlines for your performance videos.
Dear KAM students and families,
Given the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 it has been decided that KAM will suspend all onsite lessons and classes until further notice (and we are well aware that this situation may continue for months, not just weeks).
That being said, our teachers of all instruments are now available to provide online lessons so our KAM families can continue to have the opportunity to discover the fun of music making while staying at home and practicing social distancing. If you are not already one of our families learning virtually with Stan, Edilio, Silvia, or Miss Karen they are eagerly awaiting your inquiry about this new (for all of us), alternate lesson format.
Our KAM team strives to keep all of us - our students and teachers along with their families and communities, as safe as possible. The uncertainty of this situation makes predicting what comes next and when a challenge for sure – so please bear with us as we continue to monitor the situation throughout each coming day and adjust our plans as things develop. The reopening of KAM's onsite studios will be posted on our website and on Facebook (just as weather related cancellations, etc. are), as well as sent out via email as soon as possible.
Although we will not be meeting in person at this time, in addition to online lessons KAM has created a website page with fun musical activities, apps, and the like that you and your child can choose to explore while away from the studios. We will be periodically adding things to it - So check back often! And as you are practicing and performing at home feel free to make a video of yourself and add it to Miss Karen and Edilio's replies under KAM's "Power of Music" post. Share any fun things you and your family may be doing to make the best of this unusual situation for that matter.
I know these times might be a bit tough. Need
something to make your day? Have you seen
Tigger around town? You wouldn't believe how
much fun it can be just strolling around (at least
6 ft. away, of course) singing, waving, and
exchanging smiles (not to mention the exercise).
Or maybe watch a spoof video (or make your own)
. . . Miss Karen has been working on one . . . still
need to practice the middle part more (yes, we
teachers practice too!) and actually memorize all
the new lyrics, but here's one take with a certain
In the theater there is a tradition of leaving a single light on when all else is dark and empty - a ghost light, which symbolizes that WE WILL RETURN. Though we are not operating onsite during these challenging times, I have chosen to leave our single light on in each lobby because WE too WILL RETURN to more wonderful in-person music making once this unprecedented public healh situation has passed.
The good news is, currently there are no confirmed or presumed positive COVID-19 cases associated with out KAM team, or students and/or their families; and there are no rumors of any either.
Please stay safe – have fun singing your favorite 20 second tune while you wash your hands throughout the day, practice social distancing, take care of yourselves, and stay tuned for updates.
Karen Amlaw, Owner / Director
and the KAM team