Staying Home Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak

by | Mar 24, 2020 | Improvisation and song writing | 5 comments

I’m staying home due to the coronavirus outbreak. And I’m working on new ideas for sharing ukulele online with our ukulele community. 

Today is the first day of my spring break, but everything is uncertain because of the outbreak of coronavirus. Here in Illinois we are “sheltering in place.”  That means my husband, son, and I all work from home. None of us can go out except for a walk or a trip to the grocery store.  

While we have a LOT to be thankful for, we miss our daily routines. I miss the students I teach at my school job. I miss both their energy and making music with them face to face. 

On a happy note, many of my public school students are making videos of themselves playing their instruments joyfully. They’ve been posting videos on social media or sending them to me. It warms my heart!

I am sure many of us are in the same boat. We’re home; we’re waiting and we’re anxious.

For Spring Break, I was planning a trip to California to see family and to work with my sister Rebecca on our business. I was looking forward to celebrating together what we have accomplished this year.

So, what am I doing now?

  1. Taking long walks or bicycling every day.
  2. Building my spiritual practice with daily meditations and readings.
  3. Playing my ukulele.
  4. Reconnecting with family members now that we are together under one roof.
  5. Developing new and exciting ways of teaching ukulele online.
  6. Watching lots of instructional videos to learn more about how to build great courses and community.

I am excited to share all of these ideas with our ukulele community. I hope all of you are well and that you are enjoying your friends and loved ones in this stressful period. The ukulele is such a happy instrument; I hope it can bring you joy in a troubled time. 

How about you? How are you spending time while staying home due to the coronavirus outbreak?


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  1. David Jenkins

    What you were doing here is all new to me. I first connected with you many years ago. I tried to log onto your website and failed. I sent you an email about this. I just love the site that you put together.

    From your blog entry, I noticed that you’re still teaching school. I remember your story where you found some ukuleles in the closet which got you started in teaching. As your online business has grown, I wondered if you had stopped teaching. I’m glad to hear that you’re still doing it.

    I don’t have any business. I simply wanted to say hello.

    • Jenny Peters

      Yes, I am still teaching. We are all “sheltering in place” right now, so I am trying to find wonderful ways of teaching music online to my school students. Thank you for your interest.

  2. Jackie Smith

    Thanks for your encouraging ideas of how to make good use of our time while staying close to home. Music is such a wonderful gift from the Lord! I too have been taking advantage of my extra time at home to play my flute, clarinet, recorder, and ukulele, as well as enjoying walks, biking, Bible Study, reading, and organizing my music and stuff! It has also been a good time to catch up with people I haven’t been in touch with recently, so “sheltering in place” does have some advantages, in my case mainly it cuts out all the time I was wasting on shopping!

    I do so appreciate you and your generous sharing of your music! It really is an encouragement!

    • Jenny Peters

      I agree with you. I am so glad you’re finding ways to spend your time that are uplifting and empowering.

  3. Jenny Peters

    That would be great!


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