Stay-at-Home Diaries | Kim Nakae, Adult Student

On Thursday March, 19, Los Angeles residents were asked to stay in their residences and limit all activities outside of their homes beyond what is necessary for essential tasks. Days later, PCM adapted its lessons and programs and launched a “distance learning” spring quarter.

For this series, we’re checking in with students, instructors, and staff members to see how they’re managing and how distance learning (and teaching) is working for them.

Man playing banjo

PCM: Where are you right now and who are you with?
KN: Home: Me, my wife Donna, and Mr. Fluffo.

PCM: How are you feeling and how have you adjusted to life at home?
KN: Well enough, but this experience of the whole world going through this together is mind-boggling.

PCM: What does a typical day look like for you right now?
KN: Wake up, eat, nap, play music, walk, work (a few hours a week), watch videos, eat, go to bed.

PCM: In what ways has the current situation impacted your lessons, practice schedule, and music education experience in general?
KN: A lot more time to practice, lots of very cool live performances by some of my favorite players, free opera, free online workshops!! AND Adult jazz combo online, with the wonderful, Sherry Luchette, and my fellow jazzers, also wonderful, has been great.

PCM: What are you most looking forward to when everyone returns to campus? What, if anything, will you miss?
KN: Getting back to playing TOGETHER. Miss? “Don’t it always seem to go. That you don’t know what you’ve got. Till it’s gone.”