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Vocalizing During Online Lessons

I have been doing online lessons for the last two weeks on FaceTime , I am still adjusting my teaching style one thing that I have found helpful since I can’t be hands on is to vocalize the events especially when we are doing two hands together. For example on dreams we they would say out loud together alone, alone, alone, together. It has been very helpful, and of course good training for a little later…
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Making Online Lessons Simple

I promised I'd send online ideas that make it SIMPLE for beginning onliners. I've been doing this for a while now. It is particularly helpful I find for kids in groups online. It helps the lesson get off to a flying start at that typically clunky online beginning of lesson with lining the technology up. It covers the super important LTR, PL and checking NOTES from previous week without saying a word. What I have in…
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WeChat for Chinese Online Students

A number of my students are from Chinese families who are used to using WeChat for online contact and video calls. One of them helped me set up a WeChat account yesterday and I will teach through WeChat tomorrow. I am quite excited and it makes it easier for the Chinese background families to accept the idea of doing online lessons :) most Chinese people are very strong creatures of habit. (that was not meant in…
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Setup for Online Lessons

For any teachers that are wanting a more thorough way to explain setup direction/instructions to students, I created a video tutorial series as a well as a guide. You can see it at the link below. Feel free to use it or duplicate it how you see fit... https://www.pianobelloso.com/online-lessons#online-lessons-equipment   Original discussion started March 20, 2020
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Tips for Online Lessons

Ideas that can help streamline Online lessons you use? When your student is playing and you need them to stop, instead of shouting, use a percussion instrument. This can be fun, incorporating music instrument, saving your voice and for the student to not feel they are being 'yelled at' I have found clapping doesn't help as effectively as an instrument. Maybe the ears hear the instrument better, it is louder? I…
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Share Screen & Books in Zoom

Question for experienced Zoom users with a Mac- can you share Ibooks to your screen? I have all my Simply Music curriculum in Ibooks- when I tried to share my screen I could share websites and pdfs, but I couldn't seem to get Ibooks to work with it- anyone know if this is possible, and if so, how? TIA On a laptop/desktop computer, at least, Zoom can share either your…
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Self-Generativity in Online Lessons

I noticed an unexpected benefit today in my virtual lessons - because I wasn't there to have more 'hands on' instruction,they had to think through and process instruction a little differently. It seemed more generative as they spoke the instructions kinda to themselves and figured some things without a lot of guidance from me. Kinda cool. UPDATE: Today at the end of a lesson, I asked the student to write their notes. Typically I'd have…
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Notes for Online Lessons

Another online teaching question... How do you do the notes at the end of the lesson? I may have the camera on my whiteboard as I write it. Or I just speak out what they need to write. I have them send me a photo of the notes they wrote to make sure we are on the same page (hehe love the pun?) I think zoom has…
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Online Group Lessons

Has anyone successfully taught shared lessons in an online setting? My husband suggested Google Hangouts. I'm using Zoom. You can log yourself in with two devices so you can have a face to face view as well as a keyboard view. I think it takes a little education for the students to get familiar with the different views and how to set up their device, etc. but it's worked well so…

MAC Program Progression

I posted about the MAC program to someone looking for piano exposure for some younger homeschooling kids in a facebook group I am in. She is now asking me more and I'm not sure how to respond since I haven't actually been through the whole MAC program myself and I'm not sure how many levels it will end up having and what the plan is for developing those? Her response: "I just signed up for this,…

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