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MUSICOLOGY: Rebecca Featherstone finds solution to teaching music online

Rebecca Port Dover Maple Leaf

By Nate Clark

It happened last March, and Rebecca Featherstone’s panicked staff of 14 piano, guitar and voice teachers looked to her for answers. In the blink of an eye, everything she’d worked the last 12 years for was on the brink of collapse. It was sink-or-swim time and she needed a new plan, fast.

“Everyone was in shock when they locked us down,” says Ms Featherstone, 41, a Port Dover native, from her home in Dundas, Ontario. Her parents now live in Waterford.

“There was no government relief coming that we knew of, and my teachers needed guidance. I didn’t sleep for a week.”

Ms Featherstone’s first solution was the obvious one: she took her entire school online. Although the move provided her team with some relief, everyone quickly realized that traditional video conference platforms were not designed for music classes…

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