Accessories 2021: Teaching Online – Amplified Learning

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Coronavirus has upended the lives and livelihoods of musicians around the globe – and one consequence has been the rapid growth of online instrumental teaching. Charlotte Smith looks at ways in which dedicated technology can enhance the experience without breaking the bank

One of the many repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the move from in-person to online instrumental tuition. For some, the compromises of remote learning – from intermittent internet connections to sound latency – have been difficult in the extreme, and the day that normalcy resumes cannot come soon enough. But for others, online teaching has provided new opportunities to expand teaching practices, to access students in remote locations and to design personal education programmes. Despite advances in treatment, tracing and vaccination, it’s clear that the pandemic will continue to place restrictions on our lives in one form or another for some time to come, and that one of its lasting legacies will be an exponential growth in digital activity across all sectors. How, then, can we make the most of this brave new world of online education?

One basic way to improve the digital teaching experience is to invest in equipment to boost visual and audio quality. Teaching through a screen, without the immediacy of being in the same physical space, is difficult enough without being able to hear and see as clearly as possible how the student is progressing. And while laptop, tablet and mobile picture and sound have improved greatly over the last ten years, one or two extra pieces of dedicated equipment can make a world of difference…

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