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Online music and dance classes bring relief amid COVID-19

Online music and dance classes bring relief amid COVID-19

Santhosh Chandran
DOHA
Amidst the anxieties created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, online music and entertainment classes by several institutions in Qatar are offering a sense of relief to many people.
To overcome the monotony that accompanies staying at home, many adults along with their children, are attending these classes. Speaking to Qatar Tribune, Kalamandalam Simna Sujith, music teacher at the Skill Development Centre (SDC), said she teaches music to 15 students through online classes every day.
“In the beginning, teaching on an online platform seemed quite strange to me. However, I challenged myself to be in tune with the new system immediately. Now, everything is perfect and I am able to interact with students without any interruptions just like regular classes earlier. Response from the parents is inspiring and positive,” Sujith said.
According to teachers and parents, the online classes have several advantages as they provide an opportunity to parents to get involved in classes and interact with trainers.
“I felt very happy when institutions like SDC came up with online platforms to teach music. With the new system, parents are able to know how the teachers are interacting with students and how they are attending to them with utmost care. Monitoring these classes will also help parents to train their children at home,” Preethaja Prakash, a parent, said.
These classes are refreshing and comfortable for many parents who are passionate about art and music.
“Another advantage of the online classes is that we can convert them into digital format and archive them for future reference,” said another parent.
Apart from music, most of the leading institutions are offering online classes in performing arts. According to such institutions, more students will enrol for online classes. “Many parents were initially against online classes when we first announced them. But by now, most of them have accepted the idea,” an official of one of the institutions said.

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