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Melissa Dvorak is a freelance harpist and teacher in Metro Washington, D.C. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband, two kids, and fluffy white dog.

—by Melissa Tardiff Dvorak

Five important skills students gained from a year of online lessons

Like many harpists, I am doing a lot more teaching and less performing these days. I spend much of my day in the home studio with students on the other end of a video link. What started with trial and error a year ago has reached an equilibrium through online collaboration. While it’s not ideal and probably not what we want long-term, online lessons have gotten the job done. I can say, with confidence, the learning has continued. As teachers, we know the lessons have always been about more than improving technique and encouraging discipline. With one year of the pandemic behind us, I’ve taken some time to reflect on what else my students learned, and I’ve made some observations on what they’ve gained.

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Melissa Dvorak is a freelance harpist and teacher in Metro Washington, D.C. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband, two kids, and fluffy white dog.

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