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Re: Would you start Beginners if...?
Absolutely not. Unless I can physically be present to help with embouchure, posture, hand position, and assembly, there's no way I want them playing a horn.
Hypothetical question: If we do not start school in the Fall in class, but only continue online, or with smaller classes for core subject remediation in school but electives online, would you consider starting beginners if you couldn't be in the same room with them? I would rather have them wait a year and have band with me in person every day, but I think it's a conversation that we might need to consider having. I'm not trying to be gloom and doom, just realistic. I can keep doing zoom lessons and virtual band arrangements with my older kids, but beginners...?