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Hong Kong music school keeps on trucking through coronavirus shutdown

HONG KONG When 7-year-old Sophia Cheung overhears the motorist square outside her property in Hong Kong, she gets her sheet music and expires the opportunity.

In the vehicle, learning coach Evan Kam, holding a germicide bottle and a mask, greets her using a piano instrument.

With colleges put because of the fact that overdue January as a result of the coronavirus outburst, that have executed four of Hong Kong’s 890 instances, the students could have been asked to bring online programs.

But that can’t are effective for piano training.

Ming’s Piano, a tunes elementary school by using twelve lecturers and about 100 students, has pulled a few strings and rented 3 (three) pickup trucks to reveal lessons at students’ doorsteps and save its company.

For students like Sophia, the program are often a unique and introduction capability head out of her house.

“I feel very depressed myself, not to mention my children,” said mom, Wendy Yeung. “They are always asking: ‘When can we go out to play? Where can I go? What else can I do?’.”

“Now we have a choice.”

The school lost more than two-thirds of its business after the outbreak. Many students wanted to continue the lessons but did not want to use up masks or take public transport, said Jessica Lam, its business development manager.

Drawing inspiration from mobile blood donation centres, Ming’s Piano took its business on the road in late February and it is now operating at 70% of its pre-outbreak levels.

The piano keys get disinfected between lessons and the truck’s trailer is equipped with an air purifier and lighting, which means the engine has to be running.

As the idling truck rumbled softly beneath her feet, Cheung, wearing a caterpillar-themed face mask, practiced her favourite song “Let it Go”, from Disney’s “Frozen” soundtrack.

She played with both hands, an improvement from last week, as Kam nodded in approval. Outside, cars zoomed by and the occasional curious pedestrian craned their necks to have a look.

Kam said helping students with fingering and dynamic changes through digital screens would have been difficult. Teaching in a truck feels the same as teaching in the studio, Kam said, apart from the new challenge of finding washrooms.

“I need to drink water or else my throat hurts,” said Kam, who visits six or seven students a day, including some new recruits in far-flung villages. 

“Distance is not really a establish limit.”