Teaching Music Courses & Lessons
The following resources are offered by colleagues from the Texas Tech School of Music to help centralize resources for strategies and technologies to help us deal with a disrupted teaching environment. If you have resources that you would like to add to this page, please contact Micah Logan.
Using flipgrid to teach asynchronous music lessons online. Genevieve Clarkson is the Tuba/Euphonium Professor at Oklahoma City University.
She's created a trial space here: https://flipgrid.com/clarksonpracticegrid with the password “practice2020”
Teaching via zoom, skype, etc. may work best with “automatic microphone settings” turned off. This will stop the program from lowering and raising the microphone settings as you move from speaking and playing an instrument. With this setting engaged instruments are often too loud and speaking is often too soft.
For zoom: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362623-Changing-settings-in-the-desktop-client-or-mobile-app
The setting is: “Automatically adjust microphone”
For skype: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/skypeforbusiness/troubleshoot/server-configuration/disable-automatic-gain-control
The setting is: “Automatic Gain Control”
The following link from the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) offers Ideas to deal with Coronavirus and Distance Learning for Ensembles (and Conducting Class).
Caleb Hudson, Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Texas College of Music has made the following video to cover the basics about audio settings, equipment suggestions, equipment setup, and additional features within Zoom for online applied lessons. https://youtu.be/OvvsiyV9ev
Gwen Walker's 21 Tips for Voice Teachers Teaching Online
Professor Walker teaches Voice for Musical Theatre at Penn State. Permission granted to share.
Here is a great link for using zoom to teach music. It guides folks on how to set up the microphone settings best.
If you are interested in using Zoom for your lessons, please contact IT Help Central (742-HELP) to request a license. For more information or general tutorials on Zoom, please visit the Zoom section on the TLPDC COVID-19 Teaching Resources page.