REMOTE LESSONS: Getting Started Guide
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | Practicing and General Education
In a REMOTE LESSON we will use a video conferencing app to conduct a lesson of similar length and content to the student’s usual lesson. After the lesson is over, the teacher will email an updated assignment sheet.
REMOTE LESSON: BASIC CHECKLIST
♪ For the first lessons, parent help may be required.
♪ Choose a quality laptop computer with a good camera.
♪ Set it up ahead of time, and make sure it works by taking a video recording.
♪ Listen to the recording to make sure the audio quality is acceptable. Troubleshoot ahead of time.
♪ Find a stable place to put it where the student can see the screen AND the teacher can see the student’s face, hands, and keyboard.
♪ If you have EVER used a metronome before, it will be helpful to have a separate device available. You can always buy an old-fashioned metronome on Amazon or locally at Foxes Music. (Pretty much any option in the $10 to $30 rage will work.)
♪ If you have long hair, pull it back so your teacher can see more of your face!
♪ Plan to be present and engaged throughout the entire lesson. Probably your child will maintain appropriate behavior but…it can’t hurt to supervise them the first time. After the first lessons, you’ll have an idea of how much support and assistance your child needs going forward.
♪ Don’t be discouraged. Start with whatever you have, however you are able.
REMOTE LESSON: ADDITIONAL TIPS & NOTES
♪ If you can’t use a laptop, a tablet or phone will work. Getting the set-up right, so that your teacher can see the student’s hands, face, and keyboard may be harder.
♪ Placing your device on a soft surface may in some cases improve the sound quality.
♪ A wired connection is better than a wireless connection. A wired connection isn’t practical in all circumstances but use one if you can. You can purchase very long ethernet cables for $10 to $30.
ADDITIONAL CONSIDERTIONS FOR ADVANCING STUDENTS
The built-in microphone and built-in speakers in your quality laptop or tablet are probably acceptable for elementary students. For advanced students, better sound quality may make a big difference in the usefulness of the remote lesson. We have a separate "tech tips" post on improving your sound quality.