Teaching by live video
OK. We are supposed to be "social distancing" now, and I have some concerned students who want lessons to be online. What apps/programs work best, in your experience? Does anyone have experience with this?
I am on a MacBook Air and have an iPhone 6s, so I have FaceTime, but it does not work with some other phones/PCs - recommendations?
Skype seems to be the standard by which other things are judged.
There was a fairly detailed review posted on someone's blog that's worth reading:
Skype works great otherwise video call through Facebook messenger!
So I had an online lesson yesterday over FaceTime. My teacher has a mac book but I used a 2nd generation IPad air. She said that when I played, she heard a thumping/beating. At first, she thought I was stomping my feet. I moved the IPad around--from the top of a coffeemaker to a bookshelf--but it continued. I didn't have any appliances running and the heat pump was off. When she played I didn't hear anything unusual. She concluded it was my violin, which would be worrisome (open seams?). I think it is probably more likely to be some sort of problem with the connection or my device. Has anyone else had this experience?
In my experience, intonation, rhythm, tempo, and phrasing can be addressed through a virtual lesson. Dynamics and sound production are more difficult to hear although it is sometimes possible to *see* a problem that affects a student's sound production.
I did go to online only yesterday, and it works. But students using an iPad from school did have Jocelyn's issue. I don't know why. We were using FaceTime, and in the end I did best using my phone. I thought the laptop would be best, and even got a microphone for better tone quality with it, but the iPhone sounds and performs best overall.
Pinchas Zukerman, in some ways is a real innovator. Back in the late 90’s, he was one of the first musical educators to do video conferencing lessons via Internet2 with his students at MSM while on tour. It’s a nice alternative when times make it impossible to be in the same place as your students. Of course, the best way to learn is still the old fashioned way. As Mary Ellen said above, general things like intonation and rhythm can be addressed through video conferencing.