What are your thoughts on quarantine as a musician?
Jackson: I’d say it’s mostly been a negative change because I can’t meet with anyone else. What’s so nice about playing with other people is that everybody comes together to make a piece sound good and complete. It’s not only fun when everyone’s parts come together, but the music itself just sounds more cohesive.
Joanna: It has given me more time to practice since my schedule is now more flexible. Before quarantine, I would be at school for six to seven hours and then have to go home and do homework for some time, which does not leave a lot of time for practicing. Now, I can spread out the time I practice, so I practice 2 hours in the morning and in the afternoon while doing schoolwork in between those times, and I even have extra time to do other things.
Eve: I would say it is neutral. I have had a lot more freedom and relaxing time during my practice sessions, however, I really really miss playing in orchestra and chamber ensembles with my friends. Orchestra and chamber ensembles really have much more space and power for musicality than a single person could do at home. I am really looking forward to when I will be able to play in ensembles again.