Re: Beginner testing
Posted by Sanitary on 4/21/2021, 8:25 am, in reply to "Beginner testing"
Have a set of mouthpieces you're going to use for this. This may/will wind up damaging your WW equipment long term. But if you're trying to be sanitary, there's no way around it right now. |
First off, COMMUNICATE THE ENTIRE PROCESS IN WRITING to the parents AND MAKE THE PARENTS SIGN OFF ON IT. If a parent doesn't want their kid tested, or doesn't want it done the way you're going to do it, then let them opt OUT.
I test clarinet on mouthpiece/barrel (sax embouchure is substantially similar so I don't test it), flute HJ, percussion coordination, high brass on a trumpet mouthpiece, and low brass on baritone/trombone mouthpieces.
Have five sets of each mouthpiece you're testing on. Use Plasticover or Legere reeds (yes, really). Immerse the entire mouthpiece (and barrel!) in sanitizing solution (I used a 50/50 mix of alcohol-based mouthwash and water) when it's not being used. If you use plastic reeds, you don't waste as many and you can in fact re-use them next year if you store them properly. It's a large initial expense but it pays dividends.
Rotate mouthpieces between each kid. When you pull the mouthpiece out of the solution, dry it with a fresh paper towel as best you can, then use Sanimist (or wintergreen rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle) on the parts that touch lips/tongue.
The only thing this doesn't cover is flute - which can follow the same steps save for immersion in between kids. Have five HJs. Sanitize both before and after use, and let it air "dry" under a UV light. Swab the inside of the HJ after every use as well.
For percussion, if you're testing with sticks, wipe down each stick with a fresh Clorox or Lysol wipe in between kids.