Wired for music and art

When the going gets tough, the arts get going. One of the biggest trends in our new world is the virtual classroom and not just for the core curriculum. Arts education is also getting a boost online.

With the Port Chester-based Clay Art Center, you can have some fun with virtual clay lessons, demonstrations and lectures via Zoom for children ages 7 and up as well as adults.

The youth classes are one hour and feature an instructional clay project using materials available through Amazon or Michael’s curbside pickup. Adult offerings include a gas kiln tech talk with Brandon Schnur, Thursday, April 9, 1 to 2 p.m. and an artist talk with Madhvi Subrahmanian “Between Myth and Ritual: Clay in India,” Friday, April 17, noon to 1 p.m. You can still shop at the Clay Art Center or get more information at clayartcenter.org.

Meanwhile, Music in Chappaqua is offering music education classes. “For young people quarantined at home, unable to attend school or see friends or relatives, now is the ideal time to provide a virtual program that is instructive, healing, uplifting and an inspirational way to confront the isolation and difficulties we face with this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic,” says Angie Angier, founding president of Music in Chappaqua.

“Music is one of the most healing forms of self-expression,” she adds, “and if we can provide comfort to students and help them to endure this challenging time by working with them to upgrade their skills and understanding of their instrument of choice, then we are pleased and proud to do so.”

That’s the spirit.

For more, visit musicinchappaqua.com.

Georgette Gouveia

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