-stayed home sick but feel fine now
-weather created unsafe road conditions
-visiting a second parent’s house on a different night than normal
and of course now, rain & cold & the pandemic. Maestro Music Academy has put a brief hold on in-person outdoor lessons while the MusicMobile is renovated, and members have switched to zoom during the hiatus. We had an informative & brief workshop last night for students either new to zoom or looking for ways to improve their lesson experience. Here's an overview for your reference!
Tip #1: Posture
You've heard your teacher talk about this til you could recite it word for word - but have you LOOKED at yourself in zoom recently? The bigger your screen the more helpful the lesson will be (aka tablet or laptop is bigger than a cell phone). Place your device so you are showing both your face and your fingers on your instrument. We don't need to see your music usually (we have a copy) but we need to see your profile from head to fingers.
Tip #2: Original Sound
Video calls often screen out background noise, and you wouldn't want zoom to hear your guitar strumming and filter it out. Learn how to enable "Original Sound", their term for authentic music, by logging into your zoom app and enabling the setting BEFORE the meeting begins AND every time you join a new meeting. (Original Sound is not an option when using a cell phone for your lesson.) https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115003279466-Using-and-preserving-original-sound-in-a-meeting
Tip #3: Annotation
This is my favorite tool. Zoom has improved it a LOT since the company became a household name and I use it every day. Imagine it's 1970 and you have a copy of the teacher's slides to write on for notes - if you circled a portion of a slide or drew on it, you "annotated" the slide. Now zoom ahead to 2021 and use the pencil-shaped annotate feature from everything to marking music to playing games to practicing drawing music notes on the whiteboard screen. Enable this feature here https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/4409894568845-Enabling-or-disabling-annotation-tools-for-meetings
And find the annotate tool by reading these instructions https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115005706806-Using-annotation-tools-for-virtual-meeting-collaboration