Katie Ditschun cozies up with her piano to perform a stunning live rendition of HER — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
And that’s not all the Ontario jazz-pop artist has to share: She’s also giving away free online music lessons every week. With a world reacting to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Ditschun is hoping her at-home instruction — plus her new video for HER and single Here We Are — can offer respite for music lovers navigating the new world of increased isolation.
“There’s something about being in the moment when the music is all there is,” says Ditschun. “For me, all life’s worries melt away and I’m left only concerned about what phrase comes next and letting the notes float out. It’s my hope that my online music lessons can offer even just a bit of that for others in this challenging time.”
Written and recorded last year, “long before we got to this place,” her single Here We Are is a highlight of her debut LP Spare Skirt. “The song speaks to the feeling that there’s some distance between what your life is and how you thought it would turn out, who you thought you’d become, or where you thought you’d be. Now more than ever, we’re all finding ourselves with plans pushed aside, and wondering how do we go on like this, and for how long. Feeling the weight of our current reality, we need reminders that we’ll get through this together.”
To that end, she offers lessons every Friday at 11 a.m. EST on her Facebook page. They are geared towards beginners and focus solely on singing, so no instruments are required. Ditschun is a classically trained musician who attended both Berklee College of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has over 20 years experience in teaching, is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association, and won the 2014 Independent Teacher Fellowship Award.