Which is best: phone, tablet, or computer? Ultimately, use what you have—but you might also want to take these ideas into consideration:
Zoom’s computer interface allows any participant to record part or all of the meeting. Do you want to be able to record your teacher demonstrating something for you to reference while you are practicing? If so, use a computer if you can. This feature is not available on tablets and phones.
Some devices are better at connecting to Wifi than others. If you have multiple devices, you might experiment to see which offers the best connection.
Original Sound On. Video conferencing platforms use technology to isolate the human voice and filter out other sounds. This often includes instruments! If your teacher can’t hear your instrument, you will need to enable original sound.
(Follow the comprehensive instructions directly from Zoom by clicking here!)
The speakers and microphones built into a device are typically of moderate quality. Do you have headphones and/or a microphone you can connect? Using one or both can increase the audio quality for you and your teacher.
Framing. Essentially, you want your teacher to be able to see you and your instrument as much as possible. Arrange your set-up so you are close enough to interact with the device but far enough away that your teacher can see your face, instrument, and hands.
Lighting. If possible, sit or stand in front of a relatively neutral background. You’ll want to avoid standing in front of a window. Try turning on more lights or moving a lamp near you if you are in the shadows.
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