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Online music classes have different rhythm

The Gilkey Square tree lighting. Fall and spring concerts. Regional music educator festivals. Christmas wreath sales. Pep band. Maybe Disneyland.

COVID-19 wiped the 2020-21 school music calendar clean, leaving La Conner Director of Bands and Choirs McKenzie Clark and his students to make music on-line.

That is a challenge for an essentially face-to-face endeavor.

When meeting in person, music classes begin with call-and-response warm-up exercises. Clark sings or plays a line; students repeat it. Online, he sings or plays – and does not hear a thing.

“Students are muted because of the lag...


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