As prep for my presentation to the Music Teachers Association (Alameda Branch), I’ve put together a series of exemplary SKYPE Lessons demonstrating the technology to best advantage.
In fact my May 11th Program title is, “Teaching Piano by Skype: Braving a High-Tech Universe.” Monday, May 11, 2015: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
My plan is to project blogs on a big screen that have have embedded you tube videos with various captions for multiple playback views. (Skype Call Recorder)
When a student is watching his/her computer, she can see me in full screen, but as a lesson progresses, on my end I can RECORD the event using various views (LOCAL-me; REMOTE: the student; or SPLIT SCREEN-me and the student) These settings can be altered while a lesson is in progress without interruption. Changing views does not stop the record process.
When I review and import the lesson footage to iMovie, I then upload it to You Tube and send the student a Lesson PLAYBACK with multiple keyboard views for increased pedagogical value.
This particular lesson by Skype from Berkeley, California to Staten Island, New York illustrated the process:
J.C. Bach Prelude in A minor
A Preceding Technique Lesson Segment (A minor scale and Arpeggio)
These were Video recorded supplements for Gayle re: the theory and Harmonic Rhythm of J.C. Prelude in A minor. They are embedded in the attached blog:
My Legato Pedaling segment included playing and naming A minor chords on each scale degree with an ear-training dimension, along with a harmonic Analysis of the first half of the J.C. Bach Prelude
This second segment examined part B with its string of Secondary Dominants:
About Gayle from Staten Island (She’s a transfer student with less than a preceding year of formal piano lessons)
A transplant from San Francisco to New York City (but originally from Chicago) Gayle made her first performance appearance in a SCREEN SHARE at our KICK-OFF SKYPE/LIVE piano recital. That meant she and all my piano students here and afar could watch Gayle in a pre-recorded segment. One other student, about to give birth did the same with Chopin’s C# minor Waltz thanks to the Miracle of Technology!
As it happened, I created Gayle’s video profile framing for her “Happiness” offering by Turk.
Gayle also made a transition from playing a digital piano, to acquiring a lovely Baldwin Acrosonic that was LANDED by FACE TIME, if you can believe!
Here’s how it played out from a first love meeting to marriage made in heaven(with my long distance matchmaker efforts)
Finally, I’m looking forward to spreading the Gospel on Skyping piano lessons at the May 11th MTAC Branch Meeting.
Here’s hoping for a good reception and turnout!
SKYPE/LIVE Student Piano RECITAL
A Piano Lesson by Skype Primer
Multi-cam Views during Skype or Face Time Piano Lessons
My Overhead Web Cam adds to my Online accouterments