In-Person vs Virtual Lessons
Now that I've experienced both in-person lessons and virtual (as a student), what are your thoughts on the pros and cons of both? For me, virtual is more convenient - and that's about where the benefits end. Both tone and the physicality of playing are difficult to assess/correct on-line. When I was doing virtual lessons during the pandemic, I thought I would continue virtually even when it ended. Now that I'm in live lessons, I see the stark differences.
Try helping a young student tune a string that has slipped.
I agree that trying to help a younger student tune is the most frustrating part of virtual lessons.
I am relatively new to online teaching and have a question. I was doing a lesson with a student a couple of days ago on zoom and the sound on his end kept cutting out especially in the higher registers. There didn't seem to be a problem on my end. He suggested we switch to facetime which solved the problem. Have others had the same type of problem? I'm going to be doing some online master classes for the Young Strings program of the Dallas Symphony and would appreciate any information about how to handle this. Thanks, Bruce
It varies depending on the equipment of both parties but I have not found that "original sound" is the panacea it's made out to be. More often, "automatically adjust microphone volume" is the (bigger) culprit or the student's microphone is just bad. No software setting will compensate for that kind of hardware deficiency.