Pink Couch Academy of Music, a Frisco-based boutique music academy, shifted its entire music school online March 16 as coronavirus confines more families to their homes, owner Brittnee Belt said.
“I’ve had so many parents that have reached out to me and are just so grateful that their kids can have some normalcy in their lives, especially with all the changes going on,” Belt said.
For a limited time, Frisco residents can take advantage of a free, 30-minute beginner piano class online, she said. The first lesson took place yesterday, and the next is Thursday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m.
“It’s just kind of a fun thing that the parents can log into and their kid can learn a little bit about beginner piano,” Belt said. “And if they want to continue with more advanced classes, they can.”
The academy typically offers its voice and instrument lessons, songwriting sessions, stage classes and artist development classes at its location on Avon Lane. All classes are now being offered online, Belt said.
So far, the shift to online-only has been successful for the music school, Belt said. Of the school’s 100 students, only three were not interested in taking online classes.
“I think that speaks a lot about the way parents are responding to it,” she said.
Not only are online classes keeping the school’s students mentally engaged, Belt said, they are helping keep Pink Couch Academy of Music afloat while many small businesses struggle to keep their doors open.
“Instead of losing our revenue and putting eight of our teachers out of a paycheck, we decided we wanted to adapt,” she said.