For me, the effort to make online piano lessons work is all about human connection through music!
While CCISD schools are closed for physical distancing, all piano lessons will be conducted via Web — no in-person lessons. For the online lessons, desktop or laptop is preferable for a side view of the student and keyboard and to turn Original Sound ON in Zoom’s desktop/laptop app’s Audio-Advanced settings. If you only have a tablet or smartphone available, let’s make do! I am also willing to try out my Google Meet account, Skype, Facetime, and What’s App. Just let me know of your interest!
To get ready for your first Zoom lesson, create your free basic Zoom account at zoom.us . When it’s almost time for the lesson, click on the link in the lesson reminder text. You will be prompted to download the Zoom app, which improves quality. Project your voice toward your device’s microphone.
Before each lesson, log in to your Musikhaus Texas Portal to read News and Lesson Notes so you know what to expect from the coming lesson. Close other Internet browser tabs. Place all piano lesson books, recordings and a pencil and eraser within reach. Ask others in your household to refrain from using the Internet during the lesson.
Attached are peeks from beyond the screens of my current online lesson setup.
Hi again, Musikhaus parents and students! I will no longer send you Zoom links for piano lessons. It’s much simpler for you to set up a free basic account at https://zoom.us/ and “Join” me on Zoom by inputting my Personal Meeting ID. That’s what I’ll be sending you this week, and you’ll join all lessons with it even when we reschedule. Use a desktop, laptop or tablet for the lesson so the screen is big enough to see what I am doing. Online piano lessons are getting better day by day!
I will text you Zoom links for our online piano lessons this week. You don’t need a Zoom account, just a device (or two) that has Internet, microphone, speakers, and camera.
The Skype-MyMusicStaff integration didn’t work out in test calls yesterday afternoon.
Additionally I’m having trouble with more emails than usual not being delivered, even after carefully going through the configurations yesterday morning. That’s why I’m posting about what’s going on here, on the Musikhaus Piano Lessons Facebook page, and the musikhaus.mymusicstaff.com portal.
All Musikhaus piano lessons will be conducted online at their previously scheduled times during the week of March 16 — no in-person lessons.
This STRONG strategy that encourages people to stay home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, out of LOVE for all our neighbors, including the most vulnerable, is called social distancing. Area school districts and many other organizations are adopting it. Social distancing is most effective at slowing the spread of a pandemic when practiced in lockstep and SOLIDARITY with the larger community! See www.ccisd.net/covid-19 .