The coronavirus pandemic has changed every aspect of our lives. Like everything else, teaching music too has been badly affected. But there’s a way out for music teachers who’re worried about canceled music lessons. Yes, you guessed it right – we’re talking about teaching music online. If you haven’t started doing it, here are the top 3 steps that can help you to get initiated.
1. Chose the platform carefully
Teaching music online effectively needs the students to see and hear the teacher. As a music teacher, the responsibility is on you to choose the right platform for teaching music online. You may be tempted to use popular options like Zoom or Skype, which let students and teachers have face-to-face interactions and music demonstrations. You may even use Google Duo if the total number of participants in a music class (including you) is 12. Another option – and a better one at that, is to try Mousiki.io, especially if you don’t want to get stressed about the restrictions that popular platforms often have in terms of the number of participants allowed in a music class, the length of the session, etc.
2. Have a reliable internet connection
Both you and your students need to have a steady internet connection for optimal image and sound quality. If you have high latency, there would be a significant lag between what you say or teach and when it actually reaches your students. Similarly, what your students do or ask would also reach you after a time lag. Both would interrupt the natural flow of your online music lessons. In case your music class has students with limited computer access, inadequate internet strength, or network problems, you may consider recording your classes and sharing the link with them to bring them up to speed when teaching music online.
3. Set some ground rules
Teaching music online is tough. That’s why you need to set some ground rules to ensure the learning process is easy and effective. To begin with, make sure both you and your students are sitting in a well-lit space. This is especially important if you’re demonstrating how to play a musical instrument. You should also explain to your students that both you and they need to give time after they finish playing or asking a question to let the other party respond. This way, you and your students can avoid talking over each other.
Use these steps to make sure teaching music online is an enjoyable experience – both for you and your students.