Some subjects seem more easily translatable to online lessons than others, but for one group of students — budding musicians who depend on their schools for instruments, mentorship and training in ensembles — the closure of schools because of coronavirus has been especially difficult.This appeared on the website of the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. I was given permission to publish it.By Sarah Robinson Every few days, I get a calendar notification reminding me of a musical event no longer happening for students in Metro Nashville Public Schools in Tennessee. As I dismiss each notification, feelings of frustration and disappointment hit me like a one-two punch.For a moment, I picture myself in an alternate universe and think, today is the day the chamber choir is performing as part of the Mayor’s address — or the ukulele donation is getting delivered to the elementary school, or the guest artist-in-residence is arriving at the middle school rock band classroom.In reality, I am sitting behind a computer at home like most of us, trying to make the best of a bad situation while I process the implications of this pandemic on the musical life


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