Teaching music lessons online offers a slew of benefits for both the teacher and student. By being aware of some intricacies, you’ll be more comfortable and effective on screen and help your student learn better!
Setting the Scene
It’s important to set the scene and background to provide a quality atmosphere for your online lessons. This includes making sure that your lighting is adequate and that your camera shows everything that needs to be seen, and nothing you don’t want to be seen. You can always adjust angles during the lesson as needed.
Introducing Students to the Platform and Dealing with Tech Issues
It’s likely your student will be new to our online teaching environment. Remember to be understanding as they learn to take lessons online. We recommend taking the take to get familiar with our platform before your first lesson. If a student has an in-lesson issue, answer any basic questions they may have, and reach out to LuxLessons support for any more in-depth questions.
Verbalizing vs Demonstrating
When teaching online, you’ll need to verbalize or demonstrate things like posture, technique, and form. Be patient as your students learns, and make sure you are able to both verbalize and demonstrate topics. With some practice, you’ll become very effective at communicating with your student on our platform. It’s also a great idea to utilize our built-in whiteboard, and screen share functions to make notations or point out items in your students’ music.
Latency and Playing in Time
Our Lux Virtual Studio features industry-leading audio, video, and latency, but everyone’s computer and connection are different, so make sure you are comfortable with teaching even when quality is not ideal.
Eye Contact and Posture
Like in-person lessons, it’s always a good idea to make eye contact often with your student. It can seem unnatural at first, but making eye contact on our platform usually means looking into the camera. Just like in real-life, you’ll know when it’s appropriate to make eye contact. Remember that things like slouching and improper form are amplified online. Make sure to keep your student engaged by sitting up straight and using proper form during your lessons.
Required and Optional Equipment
There are some basic necessities you’ll need to effectively teach online. Before you start online music lessons make sure you have this required equipment:
- A modern computer
- A webcam
- A microphone
- A high-speed internet connection
There are also some additional equipment options that can make teaching easier. These are not required, but you may find them beneficial to look into:
- External or additional webcams
- Higher quality microphones