Studio 9509

Piano Performance • Private Lessons

A collection of useful COVID information for music teachers

I. SMTA CIG: Resuming in-person lessons slides.

II. Washington State's guideline for re-opening professional service businesses in Phase II.

III. Masks!!!

IV. Supplies for disinfecting near piano. Benzalkonium chloride (sometimes called BZK) is a quaternary ammonium compound used in hospital and restaurant sanitation, and as a topical antiseptic (Bactine spray). It is also one of the active ingredients in Lysol. It is listed (as "quaternary ammonium" or QA for short) in EPA and FDA lists as a suitable disinfectant for COVID-19.
  • For wiping piano keys on the go: 0.13% benzalkonium chloride towelette from Dynarex; 2 sheets should be sufficient for 88 keys.
  • For painted/nonporous surfaces (for example, piano fallboard, music stand, bench, plexiglass, also keyboard), can wipe with Steramine ("Sanitab") solution which is a common restaurant disinfectant safe for food-contact surfaces (also a final rinse of glasswares).
    • Standard usage concentration (0.02%) is 1 tablet per 1 gallon of water (recommend dissolve in small amount of hot water first before dilute to 1 gallon. The tablet can require a bit of shaking and waiting before fully dissolved in cold water.)
    • Manufacturer recommends for COVID, 2-3 times more concentrated (2-3 tablets per gallon of water).
    • Spray on a microfiber cloth and wipe. Leave slightly damp on surface (evaporate in 10 sec or so.)
Product demonstration video on Youtube.

V. Non-alcohol hand sanitizer containing 0.13% Benzalkonium chloride: R&R Lotions Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer. Also available on Amazon.
  • cream-based formulation; nondrying.
  • remains active for up to 4 hrs.
  • wash off before contacting eyes or food.

VI. Local custom plexiglass:
  • Arts Tech Center Contact Michael Moore (email:
    • understands the needs and budget of music teachers.
    • also has off-the-shelf sheds that can be easily assembled in 10 minutes.

VII. Recent studies on wind instrument and voice.
  1. Aerosol studies and containment strategies commissioned by National Federation of State High School Associations