The Sage Music Covid-19 Action Plan

Sage Music continues to help students learn and grow with music lessons online and welcomes new students

Important Update: The Sage Music COVID Response

Updated July 15, 2020 at 7:54 a.m. EST

NY State Reopening Rules and Guidelines

Due to the legal restrictions in the NY State reopening rules and guidelines, and to keep everyone safe, Sage Music will continue to operate online.

We will do in person music lessons again when city and state rules, and safety allows.

What this means for you:

  • We will open for in person music lessons when
    • 1) the state and city guidelines allow it and
    • 2) when it’s safe for students and staff to return to class.
  • We will continue to grow and enroll students for online music classes across the US via video chat.

Changes to Your Lessons and Classes

Sage Music grows stronger and thrives during these difficult times by offering all lessons and classes online

What this means for you:

  • Yes, we are enrolling and accepting new students online.
  • Yes, you still will continue to learn and grow with your private lessons and classes.
  • Starting Tuesday, March 17, all private music lessons will be given online via Google Hangouts
  • All ensemble classes are cancelled, and credits will be given when classes resume
  • Group Classes will be held online via Google Hangouts
  • Music lessons will continue at regular times online
Adult Music Lessons Online

Online Music Lesson and Class Logistics

  • You will get an email with directions on how to access your lesson or class. Hint: It’s very easy.
  • You will get a mini online course to show you how to get the best from your online lessons
  • You will keep your regularly scheduled lesson time
  • Office staff will remain available to help you with technical needs
  • If you need help with equipment or set up, please contact us

Bonus Classes and Community

We know that many of you love the social interactions that you get by coming to our school. So we’ve been busy building some new ways to keep you connected:

  • You’ll get an invitation to the private facebook group the Sage Music Community so you can connect with your friends
  • We’ll be hosting online open mics every Thursday night so you can play for others and watch from the security of home
  • Group make up classes will be converted to Studio Classes. Every week, in addition to your private lesson, you can have an additional group class with all your peers
  • Every adult student and parent will get access to our flagship online course The Sage Student
  • Other online classes are being prepped for launch, because we know you’ll need things to do at home…stay tuned
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Practice rooms and facilities no longer available for online lessons

Because of the Governer Cuomo’s stay at home order, we are not currentlly able to provide you any facilities. However, we can help you find the right instruments and gear.

Contact us for more.

Offices remain open, faculty and staff work from home

  • Sage Music Faculty and staff will work from home
  • Offices will remain open to ensure support for students and staff
  • Call us at (833) 537-0680
  • Or send us a text message
  • For common concerns, please see our covid faqs

Avoid Getting Sick (Active)

You should be able to go about your daily life and continue with your music lessons and classes, with the following easy precautions. These are the same precautions you would take to reduce the chance of getting the cold or the flu.

All Sage Music Employees, students, and guests are directed to do the following:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before eating or drinking, and after coughing, sneezing, using the bathroom, or touching potentially unclean surfaces.
  • Students, staff and guests should wash hands with soap and water before taking lessons and classes.
  • If soap and water is not available, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, or face with unwashed or unsanitized hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Facemasks are not recommended to prevent sickness. They are used for people who are sick to prevent spreading the disease, and by medical health professionals who are at risk of exposure.

TL;DR; – Stay Healthy with 3 simple steps

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. It’s the ‘gold standard’ and is way better than hand sanitizer.
  2. Don’t touch your face because the virus can’t get into your lungs unless you put it there.
  3. Avoid people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick or may have been exposed.

Avoid Getting Others Sick (Active)

To avoid potentially spreading the disease, All Sage Music Employees, students, and guests are directed to do the following:

  • If you are feeling sick, coughing, sneezing, having trouble breathing, or running a fever:
    • Stay at home to avoid getting others sick
    • Immediately contact your doctor for testing and treatment
  • If you have recently been to Italy, Japan, Iran, China, or South Korea, you should stay at home for 14 days after returning and self monitor for symptoms.
  • Any Sage Music students who are feeling sick or have recently traveled to a CDC Level 3 identified area should not come to Sage Music for lessons.
    • We will provide lessons online via Skype or Google Hangouts for any students who are sick, or are at home self monitoring
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you sneeze or cough. Don’t use your hands. Put the tissue directly into the trash.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after coughing or sneezing.
    • If soap and water is not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Sage Music’s Plan for Elevated COVID-19 Risk (Currently Inactive)

Sage Music has stocked safety supplies in advance. These supplies are currently stocked off site, and are ready to be delivered to Sage Music for use in the event of elevated risk.

In the event of an elevated Corona Virus risk level we will take the following actions beyond the CDC recommendations to go above and beyond to keep everyone safe and healthy:

  • Sage Music Teachers will wipe down any public surfaces with disinfecting wipes, such as piano keys, computers, and shared musical instruments or supplies between music lessons
  • Sage Music will provide music lessons online for any students who are sick, or on home monitoring to reduce the risk of transmission
  • Sage Music will make available single use soap towelettes and hand sanitizer for handwashing and sanitizing
  • Sage Music will make available tissue to students who may cough or sneeze.

Because the risk of infection is currently low, Sage Music remains open for lessons and classes, and all current CDC recommendations will be followed.

Sage Music’s Plan in case of High COVID-19 Risk (Currently Active)

In the event of a high Corona Virus risk level, a government mandated quarantine, state of emergency, or other qualifying event we will take the following actions beyond the CDC recommendations to go above and beyond to keep everyone safe and healthy:

  • Sage Music Faculty will work remotely from home
  • Sage Music will provide all scheduled music lessons online via Google Hangouts or Skype for all students to prevent disease transmission
  • Ensemble Classes will be cancelled
  • Group Classes will be held online
  • Sage Music will follow the updated health recommendations of the WHO, CDC, Federal and Local governements

What to do if you are sick or at risk

If you are at risk of COVID-19 exposure, or have underlying health conditions that would make your exposure to COVID-19 worse, first contact your doctor for guidance. After you have spoken with a medical professional, contact us 718-361-2922 and we will arrange for you to take your music lessons online from the comfort and safety of your home.

Myths and Facts About Corona Virus

Myth: Hand Sanitizer is the best way to prevent getting the Corona Virus.
Fact: No, the gold standard for prevention is washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. That is why we have stocked soap at our school, so that you can wash your hands before and after your music lessons and classes.

Myth: Wearing a facemask will keep me from getting sick.
Fact: Facemasks are for persons who are already sick, to prevent their coughing or sneezing from spreading the disease. Most facemasks from retail stores do not have the proper rating or seal to prevent you from getting sick. And you need special training to make the facemasks work. So facemasks are not recommended and are not generally going to be effective.

Myth: I can get the coronavirus from just walking around.
Fact: The virus cannot move on its own, so it needs our help to spread. If you avoid touching your face, you also avoid moving the virus near your respiratory system and will help prevent infection.

This is a fluid and evolving situation. We may alter our plans in order to ensure every stays safe as the situation changes. Please check this page for updates. 

Because of multiple states of emergency and governmental advice, we are updating our COVID response. Additionaly, NYC has required a 50% reduction in building capacity.

Sage Music is ensuring that all our students, staff, and friends remain healthy.

And ensuring we are doing the right thing for the greater public good, too.

Although the risk for infection is still currently low in NYC, according to the Centers for Disease Control it will significantly increase.

And that increase, if left unchecked, will potentially lead to overwhelming healthcare systems, majorly disrupting the economy, and leaving many families broken because the large number of deaths.

However, small reductions in transmission will have huge benefits on the number of infections and fatalities.

This working paper from the Institute of Disease Modeling estimates that a 25% reduction in social interactions would lead to a 61% reduction of infections and deaths.

Social Distancing InterventionEstimated InfectionsDestined Deaths
Business as Usual25,000400
25% Reduction9,700160
50% Reduction4,800100
75% Reduction1,70030

The point is that early small changes will lead to big results in the end.

So it’s our moral responsibility to help lower the transmission rate. It will literally help save lives. By activating our below response, together we will

  • reduce the strain on our healthcare system
  • protect the lives of high risk citizens
  • minimize the economic impact by keeping people healthy
  • keep learning and growing, despite the difficulties
  • keep your teachers working

FAQs about this change

Is my child is too young for video lessons?

We have already tested vido lessons with several students successfully. The situation is not ideal, of course, but a COVID epidemic isn’t either. The NYC Center for Disease Control estimates several months before things return to normal. So we are taking steps to ensure that your child can remain safe and healthy. And that they will continue to learn and grow despite the changes in the world around us.

Are lessons online less personal?

You already have a relationship with your teacher. And they have a relationship with you. You won’t be in the same room as your teacher, but you will still have their full and dedicated attention. Your lessons will be quite personal, just not in person.

Do lessons online make it hard to learn?

Online lessons do come with some challenges, but we’ve got the ability to manage those. The options are to learn with a little more difficulty, or to stop learning. For us, that choice seems easy.

We are also offering you a number of other courses and offerings during this difficult time to give you even more options to learn.

  • Facebook group for students
  • Online Open Mics
  • Weekly studio class with your teacher and peers
  • More details to follow

What if I don’t have a good computer or tablet at home for the best quality for lessons?

There is a difference between the video quality and the quality of your lessons. Your lessons are still going to have the same great quality you’d expect at Sage Music. 

We’ve got some simple, low cost solutions for you. Contact us if you need help with equipment.

And if video quality is important to you, we are offering you the chance to use the practice rooms at Sage Music free of charge. We’ve got all the video equipment you need for a great online experience.

Can't I just wait out COVID and come back later?

Unfortunately, according to the CDC, this may take many months to resolve. Travel restrictions are going to get worse. Public spaces will be shut down. And many people will be required to work or school from home. We recommend continuing your lessons, so that you don’t put your entire life on hold for many months or more.

We are also offering many additional services during this time to keep you engaged. Studio classes, open mics, facebook groups, online courses and more.

It’s probably going to be a rough time, but we are here with you so that we can to it together.