Online and Internet Teaching Resources
Note: We are continuously trying to update this article with more resources that we find.
As our members have had to close their doors to teaching lessons in a classroom setting, we have seen a number of them creating online teaching programmes and conducting their lessons via online platforms such as Skype and Zoom (which is free for unlimted one-on-one meetings / lessons).
We think this is a wonderful idea and we wanted to provide a few resources for anyone who is thinking of starting online lessons, but would like a little bit more information.
IAYO’s Internet Teaching Pilot Scheme
Firstly, a number of years ago IAYO, along with Carlow College of Music, Music Generation Carlow, Laois School of Music and Music Generation Laois, launched an Oboe Internet Teaching Pilot in 2016 which allowed for one-on-one tuition and distance learning. You can find all the information on the programme here including the teaching model, Internet Teaching Child Protection Statement and a step-by-step guide to internet teaching.
NYMAZ Connect: Resound Remote Music Learning Network
NYMAZ is a youth music development charity which champions the transformative potential of music for children and young people in the north of the United Kingdom. One of their strands is that they have a Remote Music Learning Network. Within this network, you will find many resources on online and distance teaching including webinars on introductions to online teaching and safeguarding.
Membership to this network is free and you can join here (you will need to fill in all the boxes in the form and then check your spam folder for the confirmation email).
NYMAZ are running a free online webinar on 8 April 2020 at 1pm on ‘Introduction to Online Music Teaching’. You need to book your place here.
The Best Services and Settings for Remote Music Lessons (with step-by-step instructions)
Eric Heidbreder has released a free online article on the best service and settings for remote music lessons on either a PC or mobile phone with step-by-step instructions on how to use each of them and with sample videos of each. He breaks down what the teacher will need and what the student will need in easy and understandable terms.
Future Learn have begun a three-week online course on ‘How to Teach Online: Providing Continuity for Students’. This course explores online teaching for educators designed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The course started today (23 March 2020) however, but you can join it and work through it after it starts.
Musical Futures have created a guide to the top 10 online resources to help music teachers set meaningful work that students can complete from home in the event of school closures.
Musician David Taylor has developed a webpage with blogs for an ‘Online Musician Guide’! On this website, there are many articles including information on what equipment you may need to teach online, on how to use Zoom to teach online and how to live stream a concert!
The NAMM Foundation recently held on online webinar called ‘Bridging the Gap: Teaching and Learning Music Online Webinar’. While it is mainly focussed towards teachers in a classroom setting, there is much practical information and advice that any instrumental tutor could use.
Piano Magazine have released a series of quick-reference tips and resources written by experts from the Frances Clark Centre for remote and online piano teaching however, these resources are also transferrable to other instrumental tuition. There are also a number of upcoming webinars for subscribers but many of the resources are also free to non-subscribers.
Newpark Acadmey of Music have begun a Pro Tip Series called ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ with videos of some of Ireland’s professional musicians offering helpful tips for students practicing at home.
ABRSM today have launched their new online platform Play On. Play On has been created to support and inspire teachers, learners and parents on their musical journey during the current times. With regular features, advice and insight, Play On can help everyone get the most from their playing or singing in the days ahead. Updated regularly.
The second of the NAMM Foundation’s webinars. Discover online group lessons and therapeutic music-making for children and adults, and business models to move in-store music lessons quickly online to keep students connected and making music. You can read more about the NAMM Foundations’ Covid-19 resources here.
A great video by a very experienced music teacher who has been teaching online for over 10 years. Some great tips for both the teacher and the student.
The Digital Concert Hall now free for everyone
The Philharmonie Berlin is closed until 19 April to help contain the coronavirus. But the orchestra will continue to play for you – in the Digital Concert Hall. The Berliner Philharmoniker invite you to visit their virtual concert hall free of charge. There are over 600 orchestral concerts from the Berliner Philharmoniker in the Digital Concert Hall from more than ten years, including 15 concerts with the new chief conductor Kirill Petrenko. There are also bonus videos from behind the scenes: documentaries on the history of the orchestra, portraits of conductors and orchestra members, and projects from our education programme.
This is a great resource for anyone with any questions or queries about how to work safetly online with young people. Due to current circumstances, many people have found themselves working remotely and communicating a lot more online with young people has become the new norm. Youth Theatre Ireland have issued guidance on working safely online to affiliate youth theatres. Some helpful tips are summarised in the article for general use.
Other helpful tips
We asked a tutor who has been teaching online for a number of years to give some helpful tips and advice to those starting off. She had some very interesting things to say:
“Don’t expect it to be the same as in person teaching – it feels very different and will take a while to adjust to. Probably best not to jump straight into the teaching part of a lesson and make sure you and your student can see/hear and are comfortable etc.
Take some time before a lessons to set things up, and get used to the feel of being online. It is different to Skyping your friends or family in that it’s not just a chat, so take time to centre yourself in your room/chair etc before you start the video call.
Let your housemates/family/cat know what you’re doing before your start so they don’t interrupt you (where possible!!)
Online teaching can be more intense as, without the cues and body language you are used to with in person lessons, I found there to be less chatting and down time, and more instruction being given. With this in mind where possible, allow for slightly shorter lessons as I found online teaching to be exhausting.
I definitely found it worked better with older students. Currently, I’m offering online lessons to my secondary school and older students while with my primary age students I’m asking them to send me audio clips which I will listen to then send back comments and instructions. Online teaching does not necessarily need to be live!”