By HUGH COLLINS
FOR one Queenstown teacher it’s going to take a lot more than a national lockdown to prevent her from sharing her musical knowledge.
Kinga Krupa, a classically-trained pianist and teacher with around 70 students each week, will be taking her classes online for the next four weeks from her home in Lower Shotover.
With students aged from 5 to 75, she started making the shift several weeks ago in anticipation of the lockdown.
“The online lessons have been a great success so far and I have been working hard with setting up the equipment, materials, developing online teaching material and a programme to allow me to teach online at the highest level,” Krupa says.
“It’s now very easy for any student to set up and get going, a simple five-minute process.
“All they need is an internet connection and a smartphone or tablet.”
She first began teaching online when an Australian family living in Queenstown moved home and wanted to continue learning from her.
“We have learned so much since then, ironed out all the creases and really got the online lessons to a place where I’m delighted with the quality.”
Originally from Poland, Krupa comes from a family of classical and jazz musicians and studied classical music at university.
“Coved-19 has taken us all by surprise and is a great worry to all of us, especially the families.
“Hopefully our online lessons will give the students and families something to still look forward to every week and allow them to continue their hard work which they’ve been putting in over the past weeks and months.”