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  Improve your online audio quality  

Piano Player
 Online teaching platform for music lessons  

When I started online lessons, most teachers used platforms like Skype, Facetime, or Zoom. After trying each of them out, I decided to continue with Zoom. I felt it was the most straightforward and user-friendly, and I love the screen-sharing function where I can annotate on my Ipad and students can view it simultaneously. 

 

Since then, Zoom has done several updates. The more significant music improvement would be the high fidelity mode setting that Zoom introduced on 1st Sep 2020, which I mentioned in my earlier Blog. As musicians, good audio quality is essential.  

Nowadays, many more online teaching platforms have been introduced. Here are a few that some teachers are using :

It is a strictly individual preference which platform you select eventually. But here are a few factors you might want to consider before deciding.

1. Features - different combinations of features are available on various platforms. To name a few :

  • screen sharing, whiteboard for easy annotation

  • recording

  • file uploads

  • chat

  • interactive keyboards

  • schedulers and reminders

  • creating homework assignments

  • metronome

  • goal tracking for students and many more

2. Audio Quality - This is part of a feature too, but I think it deserves a point on its own as it is a vital consideration for musicians. 

Can that specific platform capture the whole tonal range of the instrument, allow duet playing, and have low latency? Is the setting made especially for music? The best is to do a trial and then decide for yourself, as everyone has a different setup.

3. Price - some platforms offer FREE monthly but with restrictions like duration and the number of students each time. I won't recommend using the Free version if you are a teacher. Paid subscriptions usually have better audio and additional features to make learning fun and engaging. Maybe you can also consider the number of students you teach online before deciding which pricing plan is most cost-effective. Do you require all the necessary features for that particular plan? 

4. Customer Support - is it readily available?

5. User-friendly - do you need a particular browser or download a specific software? Will students find it easy to navigate?​

Whatever platform you select, in the end, both you and your student will still need a good wifi and internet connection to have a smooth and productive online lesson. 

For more information on student set-up, please click here.

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