Towns and cities around Wyoming are shutting their businesses down and people are keeping a healthy distance from one another in an effort to slow the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus. Early this week, at the outset of the crisis that for many already feels like a lifetime ago, efforts at normalcy continued at this music lesson, albeit with the addition of a new accessory. A student at the String Academy of Wyoming in Laramie wore his mask to a violin lesson with his instructor Jim Przygocki.
The lesson came before Gov. Mark Gordon and state health officials ordered public spaces closed statewide, including schools. Like so much else in American life, music lessons have likely ceased or moved online. The comfort of music, however, remains, from bands offering free performances online to quarantined Italians serenading each other from their balconies.