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Lesson Accessbility

We do our best to ensure that the music lessons we offer from our home are the most accessible that you'll find in The Triangle.

 

We are the only COVID-safe music lesson option in the area, and while as a residential location we have some limitations, we do our best to meet ADA Accessibility Standards and look forward to continuously improving accessibility.

 

Please read on for more details, and don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any thoughts on how we can improve our music lesson accessibility!

ADA Accessibility Standards

We do our best to comply with ADA Accessibility Standards for Business That Are Open to the Public. I'll highlight a few points below, and especially as a disabled couple ourselves, we want to be sure we make music lessons as accessible as possible; please don't hesitate to let me know how we can improve!

We have a wide gravel driveway and turnaround for parking, with ample space to enter and exit your vehicle. While very well compacted, the gravel driveway, which extends to the entry to the lesson space, may impede mobility. 

 

The gate entry to our backyard is roughly 3 feet wide. The ramp leading up to the porch is roughly 44" wide, the landing is 60"x83", and the doorway to the lesson space is 34.5" with a threshold of 2".

The ramp slope is 23.75% or 2.85:12, with the length of the ramp being 80" and the height of the porch 19". This is steeper than the desired ratio of 3:12, and we do plan on extending the ramp and decreasing the slope when we are financially able to do so. I'm more than happy to provide any and all assistance possible in the interim.

The route between the student's vehicle and the lesson space should be accessible, but we are happy to make reasonable adjustments to the best of our abilities if that is desired.

We do not have public restrooms available.

Please don't hesitate to let me know if I've missed anything, or if you have any questions whatsoever!

SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and airborne pathogen safety

In the summer of 2022 I began teaching from home in order to have a lesson space where we can have community care practices in place, especially for high-risk folks.

 

Here’s how we keep it well-ventilated and comfortable!

 

We use an Aranet4 CO2 monitor to help give us a rough idea of the airflow. Normal backroom levels outside are usually somewhere around 400 ppm, and I am to be as close to that as I can, and can usually stay between 450 and 800 ppm.

 

The space is designed so that I can adjust if I need to address the ventilation and/or temperature, which is largely accomplished with the help of bespoke window panels that we made. We used marine vinyl and cut the frames a little small to ensure ventilation and allow for our wonky window frames, and filled in the gaps a bit with some weather stripping. They’ve got latches so I can take them in and out to balance air flow and temperature, and in between and/or after lessons each day I can just open these up and blast the fans for a little bit to help clear it out and then put them back in quite easily.

 

During the summer, we make use of a number of fans! We’ve got one adjustable fan that can be pretty powerful (and also works great for gigs!) that blasts air across the whole space. We have an evaporative cooler pointed toward the student seating area, then another fan right over where students are seated, along with another evaporative cooler right in front of students to help keep folks nice and cool during the lesson.

 

We have a dehumidifier to keep it from getting too muggy, countering the moisture from the evaporative coolers and outside air.

 

We also have a portable AC unit that helps keep the temp in the 70s, and we’ve been able to mostly use it on dehumidifier mode to help keep it cool.

 

During the winter, we have two electric heaters to warm the space and help move air around. I cover the windows with greenhouse plastic to help it from being far too cold, and do spend a bit more time opening and closing the window panels, but it’s well worth it to keep us warm and ventilated!

 

Lastly, we’ve also got a HEPA filter near where students are seated.

 

All this together keeps things at a comfortable temperature with great ventilation, and with everyone properly masked and distanced, we have several layers of protection to help keep our community safe!

 

I'm very keen on continuously educating myself on how to make spaces more accessible and equitable for us all, so please do let me know if you have any thoughts on how we can further that goal!

Remote Lessons

Remote lessons are always available for anyone with access to the internet and are priced the same as in-person lessons.

My hope is that this makes it easier for people to learn without leaving their residence, especially if you live far from Carrboro! This also helps provide an alternative if students are feeling sick or are otherwise unable to attend in person.

 

If you wish to book remote lessons, you can do so here.

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