Technology, Corona virus

Christy Hodder said: Mar 13, 2020
Christy Hodder
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Halifax, NS
7 posts

Can someone recommend a software and advice on what they have found works best for running a group class with technology? Can there still be a teacher and piano accompanist that runs the class and the students still participate but from home? I run a very large Suzuki program of 240 students and want to continue their group classes. 

Thankyou for your help.

Christy Hodder

Lois Reiter said: Mar 14, 2020
Lois Reiter
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Gatesville, TX
13 posts

Also trying to figure all this out. Following…

Miriam said: Mar 14, 2020
 
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
Somerville, MA
1 posts

Hi All,

I have heard that ZOOM works well for video conferencing and can accommodate multiple participants. Not sure it is possible to have the pianist and teacher in different places (probably would be best to have pianist and teacher in same space).

Best of luck!

-m

-m

Nicola said: Mar 15, 2020
 1 posts

Yes, I was thinking of Zoom too. I participated in an international conference where Zoom was used and it seemed to be pretty good from my perspective. Good luck :-)

Nicola

Debra said: Mar 15, 2020
Debra Smoller
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
East Montpelier, VT
9 posts

What’s the word on Skype Vs. Zoom? I haven’t tried Zoom with piano yet, but Skype isn’t bad. Skype also can be used in association with MyMusicStaff.com, which is my studio software. Has anyone tried both with live music?

Debra Smoller

Karen Stefanik Collins said: Mar 15, 2020
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Cello
Summerfield, NC
5 posts

My school is going to use Zoom. We went through some training & trial runs last week. It works well, but need to go to advanced settings to improve the sound. You can also see multiple people at once (Hope to have some online sectionals for my orchestra students). The sound does sometimes go in & out, but not too much of a delay. Someone also mentioned that if the teacher uses a computer & the student uses an iPad it will help with the sound, but I haven’t tried this yet.

Karen Stefanik Collins
Suzuki Violin
Greensboro

Christine said: Mar 16, 2020
Christine GoodnerInstitute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Hillsboro, OR
100 posts

I am using zoom as well. I think the pro version is worth it and use it all the time. If you want students to play together my best tip is to put everyone else on mute and then they play along with you on their end. To them it will sound like you are playing together (however because of a slight lag time they will not look like they are from your end). There are great tutorials online for zoom if you do some google searches to help you get started.

Christine Goodner

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John Cesar said: Mar 17, 2020
John Cesar
Suzuki Association Member
Guitar
1 posts

I hope everyone is doing okay. I made video about somethings you can do to have a decent set up for online lessons.

Hope this helps!
https://youtu.be/d-_DW2G0m0U

John Cesar
Professional Classical Guitarist and Instructor

Trina said: Mar 17, 2020
Trina Carey HodgsonSAA Board
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
70 posts

Hi, Everyone,

This and more is being discussed on the FaceBook Group “Distance Learning Forum for Suzuki Teachers”.

Come join the conversation! :-)

Emily Deguzis said: Mar 17, 2020
Emily Deguzis
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Windsor, CT
1 posts

I’ve started using Zoom this week and it’s awesome!

Marlene Moses said: Mar 18, 2020
 1 posts

Hello! I will be using Zoom for the first time on Friday. Do I need to invite everyone to their lesson time as I do a meeting? Do I need to do that one time and it will recur each week?

Laura said: Mar 20, 2020
Laura Mozena
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Mancos, CO
106 posts
Mary Taylor Allen said: Apr 6, 2020
Mary Taylor Allen
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Cello, Viola
Kihei, HI
5 posts

I had my first private Zoom lesson. A few hours later my first Group Zoom Lesson. Both formats were wonderful. I was so pleased by my Group students, they waited turns even better online than they do live! So terrific to be able to get together to learn. I also use Slack for private lesson though group can be used too. I also use Skype. I enjoy having the option of different formats for my students convenience.

Mary Taylor Allen

Barbara Eadie said: Apr 7, 2020
Barbara Eadie
Suzuki Association Member
Flute
Victoria, BC
39 posts

I have been having trouble with the sound cutting out on zoom. There has been static and a freezing picture on Skype. I am having great success with face time on my iPhone to the student’s iPad. I am seriously thinking of getting myself an iPad. This, however, will not work for PC and android users. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Joy Witherow said: Apr 7, 2020
 1 posts

If you like FaceTime, check out Google Duo. It works on iPhone, Android, and PC and Mac computers, so really across the board. You can only have one person in the call, so it doesn’t work for group lessons like Zoom does, but I like it for private lessons.

Karen Stefanik Collins said: Apr 8, 2020
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Cello
Summerfield, NC
5 posts

There are some audio settings on Zoom that help with the sound. Go to “Audio” in settings, click “Advanced”. Check the box that allows the users to “Enable Original Sound”. Then below that, there are 3 boxes to “Disable” persistent background noise and intermittent background noise. I also have my echo set at “aggressive”. When I am teaching lessons, both teacher & students should have the Original Sound on (it is a button on the top left of the screen when you are in a zoom mtg). Hope this helps!

Karen Stefanik Collins
Suzuki Violin
Greensboro

Susan Beth Barak said: Apr 8, 2020
Susan Beth Barak
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Violin
Newmarket, ON
13 posts

Barbara, I use Skype with those who don’t have an iPad. I find that for private lessons Skype and FaceTime work better than Zoom, as far as sound quality (by far). It’s important to remind your students that the closer they are to their modem, the better their connection will be, if they are wireless.
Happy holiday, everyone!

Daniel said: Apr 8, 2020
Daniel Rodriguez Velasquez
Suzuki Association Member
Guitar
Chia, Colombia
1 posts

Hi Barbara,
If you tried Zoom last weekend, April 4 and 5, 2020, and it didn’t work well for you, it was because the platform was being upgraded.

On the other hand, here in Bogota, Colombia, other Apps/platforms don’t work as good as Zoom because they create a delay, mostly all the time, and this lag, plus the frozen screen, really bother students and affect the fluency of the class. FaceTime works much better than Skype, but for me, Zoom is the best option. 

So, if you are planning to buy an iPad, it will work perfectly in Zoom, especially for its camera, that you can use it at the same time with your laptop/computer/cellphone, allowing you to catch some angles of your instrument. 

If you are going to use them simultaneously, just keep present to mute all the mics but one device, and of course, keep present that computers, laptops, and tables, usually perform better than cellphones.

Hope this mail helps you in some way.

Please stay safe, and share wonderful times with your family, students, and music,

Daniel Rodriguez

DRV

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