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Utah Music Business Thrives Through Coronavirus [Video]

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SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — All across Utah, businesses had to rethink their plans with the arrival of the coronavirus. And when your business teaches people how to make music, you can’t exactly deliver lessons curbside — all you can do is try to take them online and hope people keep showing up.

For Jaime Varner, music is often an escape — a soothing path away from the worries of everyday life.

“So my mom plays and taught when I was a kid,” she said. “She taught lessons in our home our whole life.”

Varner said she begged to take lessons herself. Once she began, learning the piano consumed her life.

As an adult, she became a teacher herself.

“Had my baby grand in my living room that I would teach from,” she said. “And I had like up to 80 students there.”

Her sister taught in the basement. Eventually, it became too much.

“Crazy because the students were coming in and …

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