Adventures in Online Teaching Part I - Setting Up Your Studio Space

April 3, 2020, 7:07 PM · Like many of you, I’ve pivoted to online teaching for individual and group lessons as a way to stay connected with the families who normally come to my home studio on a weekly basis. With the camera and sound equipment I already had in storage, this is how I set up my teaching studio to run online lessons. I thought I'd share what is working for me, in case it can provide ideas for other teachers and students about how to set up your own studio or practice space for online interaction.

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The great news is: the technology works pretty well! As we read in Thomas’s post about the comparisons between video conferencing software, there doesn’t seem to be a clear leader for a platform that prioritizes audio fidelity for music conferencing.

I prefer my students to use the Zoom platform on a computer, not a tablet or phone, so they can adjust the advanced audio settings on their end. Tablets and phones do not give access to advanced audio settings. I ask the students to make the following adjustments in the advanced settings: Original sound ON, intermittent and persistent background suppression DISABLED, Auto control of volume OFF. The students who are able to connect even a modest external microphone to their computer improve the fidelity of the sound they send back to me by significant strides.

A ribbon microphone on either end would enable even clearer and more resonant sound than a condenser mic, but these are not typically priced for most families. A ribbon mic on the teacher’s end would greatly enhance the sound of the teacher’s playing to the student and would be a value-add for any online studio set-up.

I’ll add "Adventures in Online Teaching Part II – Group Class ideas" and "Adventures in Online Teaching Part III – Supplemental Materials" in the next few days.

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April 6, 2020 at 05:23 AM · Great writeup, Carrie! How do you run one continuous meeting in Zoom?

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