Configuring Zoom for Music Lessons
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Ever since the start of the Covid 19 music teachers have been switching to online teaching. I’m sure the switch from live one on one to the virtual classroom must have been hard. For those music teachers and students who have not yet made the move to online music lessons I’ve compiled a list of materials you need and certain configurations you need to make in Zoom. Hopefully all these recommendations will make your first time online teaching experience run more smoothly.
1. Desktop computer, laptop or even a smart phone: The faster the device with a great sound card is preferable but not necessary when starting out. Work with what you have and upgrade to a better and faster computer when you can financially afford it.
2. Buy a good quality microphone: A good quality mic will ensure you are getting a clean and clear sound and will make sure your getting great sound quality. Either a good USB mic or one you can plug into an interface. Below are some examples you can purchase one online.
3. Interface: The interface is an important one to get. More so for a music teacher than the student. Most students who are beginners won’t be interested in spending a lot of money on equipment. Most likely the student will only be using their stock sound card and USB mic that they just plug into the computer or laptop. Some students might just rely on their android or i phone for the lesson. So the sound quality on their end might not be the greatest. For the music instructor who has a large clientele base is definitely worth the investment. The interface will allow you to mic your guitar or piano in a more professional manner and achieve a studio quality sound. Here some links to affordable interfaces that you can purchase online.
Both teacher and student should do step #4
4. Zoom Configuration: Both parties should take the time to configure your audio setting in Zoom. This will give us the best sound quality and get rid of any delay in sound. It also will allow us to perform or jam in real time. To configure Zoom please follow the instructions in the 2 pictures below.
Go to your Zoom Settings which is indicated by the grey wheel on the right hand side and click on Audio. Once you are on the Audio page, click on the Advanced Tab in the bottom right hand corner.