Every Sunday...this is how I teach..
I log into preply and start teaching the students from Australia and Japan. I am in Italy (CEST timezone), which means that my morning is their afternoon.
Lunch and dance workout
I join my brother for a dance workout on Steezy!
I log into lessonface to teach the American students. My afternoon corresponds to their morning.
I upload the recordings of my lessons on flipgrid for my students
No comments yet
Be the first to comment
Download Qoorio to talk & learn from other Humans
MORE INSIGHTS YOU MIGHT LIKELearn more by discovering other insights
So I was looking for a Zoom alternative and I came across https://www.muzie.live/ . In the video I explain why it’s a good alternative for music teachers but there is one feature that got my attention.
Unlimited cloud storage for lesson recordings on the paid plan
As a music teacher, I know how effective videos are when it comes to revising the lesson’s content. Nothing summarise it better than watching the teacher playing a certain part of the piece and connecting visual cues to auditory ones. It certainly works better than a Word doc. But with Zoom, you are limited to one 1GB of cloud storage on the Pro Plan. Just consider that 1 hour HD recording of a lesson would probably occupy 1GB of space on its own. You could of course delete the lesson recording everytime and transfer it on your Google Drive or OneDrive, but then you would have to give the students access to it. Imagine doing that for every single lesson! Luckily, with Muzie your recordings can be accessed by the student as soon as the lesson as ended.
Let’s talk about money. The Zoom Pro plan would cost you $14.99 per month if you pay on a monthly basis and $12.49 per month if you choose the annual subscription. The standard Muzie plan is $10 per month. Now, it’s also true that to teach group lessons and to record them you would have to upgrade to the Pro plan on Muzie, which would cost you $20 per month. The standard plan only allows you to teach and record 1:1 lessons. That said, you would have to pay an extra $40 per month on Zoom to have 100GB of cloud storage.
Zoom and Skype are not always ideal solutions when it comes to playing duets or chamber music with your students. Whilst the ‘turn on original sound’ and ‘do not suppress background noise’ functions can certainly help, I decided to give Zencastr a try.
Zencastr is used by podcasters to record live interviews, so it’s not designed for music education, but then again, not many platforms are designed for music education to start with. Most of the time (but not all the time), teachers adopt business apps and use them in their music class.
I tried out the tool with my brother. In the video, he is singing and I am playing the ukulele. We did not rehearse the song, it was just to test Zencastr.
The distinction between the ukulele and voice parts is very clear. Not even once some chords or lyrics are suppressed.
There is a time lag. You can hear it as my chords sound delayed in comparison to his singing.
As music teachers, how do we go on about creating an online course? In this insight I consider 2 different aspects. How do we design the course from a pedagogical point of view? And how do we choose where to host or publish our course on the web? There's a link to a video at the end of the article if you want to dig deeper into this topic.
As teachers, we have designed units of learning before. In the video I simply explain that it’s good to have 2 sections, 1 for technique and the other one for songs where the students apply the techniques. I also explain that I always include some practice exercises in each video, where I literally say ‘Your turn’, stare at the camera calculating how long it approximately takes for them to repeat the exercise.
2 Where to host the course on the web
If your course is for your existing students, you can create a password protected webpage on your website and then embed videos from your Vimeo account (Youtube is also ok but I recommend Vimeo). I use squarespace. You can also include PDFs the students can download. In terms of getting paid, you can list the course on your Buy me a Coffee page and include the webpage URL and password in the message the clients receive after having purchased the course.