Covid-19 Pandemic:
A Free Support & Resource Centre for String Teachers & Musicians

Online Teaching for String Instruments

How To Teach Online

If you are converting your teaching work online, please first read the advice for learners on the previous page of this microsite. It's critical that you understand:

1. You can do this! You can teach online!
2. Online teaching is different, but that doesn't mean it's not valuable. In fact, it can be uniquely valuable in new and exciting ways!
3. YOU are uniquely valuable. Don't devalue your work. If you need to lower your prices for charitable reasons, do it explicitly - not because you're moving your work online. Be professional, even when you're helping people out for free or testing how to transition to online tuition. Teachers change lives. We are needed now as never before. Let's step up to the challenge together.

Get Your Learners Ready

Many of your learners will quickly adapt to online learning, but for some, you may encounter reluctance or fear. It's down to YOU to change this.

One of the most important things to do is to set the expectations of your learners, and prepare them in advance of any tuition. Carefully read through our article How to Prepare for a Webcam Violin Lesson and feel free to share it with your own learners.

Get Your Technology Ready

There's no way around this ... you need a good internet connection, and either a smartphone, a tablet and a laptop or desktop computer. This needs to be your first focus. We'll add more detail here soon about internet speed, bandwidth, and what you need to do to make things work well for you.

The software you will need to consider includes Zoom, Skype, Facetime and others. Zoom has quickly emerged as a favourite choice for music teachers because of its current quality for speech. There are also settings upgrades that you can use to improve the quality of connection for musical instruments.

Change Your Approach

At the time of writing (March 2020), it's not generally possible to achieve real time collaboration at a speed that's genuinely fast enough to rehearse or play together in real time. But this technology will exist soon.

We are monitoring the digital landscape in regards to how the situation is evolving, and we encourage you to keep an eye on our dedicated page for this topic: Real-Time Collaboration.

In the meantime, you will need to adapt your teaching approach to get the best from existing digital and online tools.

We are rapidly gathering best practices and will post again imminently with more comprehensive guidance on how to prepare yourself to teach effectively using these tools.

Virtual Orchestras & Ensembles

Techniques for creating 'Virtual Orchestras', 'Virtual Choirs' and 'Virtual Ensembles' are rapidly emerging and enabling the continuity of musical groups around the world.

We are currently documenting best practises, including approach and technology, and will be publishing comprehensive 'how-to' guides here in the coming days.

Useful Links

Musicians Union (UK) - Teaching Music during the Coronavirus Outbreak 
https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/Home/Advice/covid-19/music-teaching/
Guidance for employed, self-employed and zero-hour contract teachers during the coronavirus outbreak

ISM (UK) - Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for Performers and Teachers
https://www.ism.org/advice/performers-covid-19/
Guidance for performers, and for teachers who are teaching on both a self-employed or employed basis

Frequently Asked Questions

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