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  • You could be a big step closer to becoming a 2020 best-rated online music teacher by using this free, powerful, web-based rhythmic training program called "Groove Scribe” +

    No matter which musical instrument you teach to your online music lesson students, most teachers giving online music lessons agree it can be a real challenge to find interesting and innovative ways to enhance your curriculum with the all-important subject of rhythmic training. Both you and your online music students will love meeting the challenge with the help of Groove Scribe! Rhythmic training has always been at the forefront of what I share with my music students because the synergy of listening and timing are at the core of musicality and music making. I played drums and orchestral percussion while growing up, from Elementary school, Middle School, High School and pre-Conservatory College. That intense level of rhythmic training gave me very deep insight into understanding and teaching rhythm to my students.   With my live, interactive, personalized one-on-one private music lessons that I provide around the world online using video Read More
  • Blog Series - "Wisdom and Intuitive Intelligence" - PART ONE: review of New York Times front page opinion article entitled "Art Never Dies" by Jazz Master Saxophone Legend Sonny Rollins +

    This is Part One of my new Blog post columns on the significance and meaningful connections between learning, understanding and engaging in music through "wisdom and intuitive intelligence. " This beautifully written article exemplifies the sage advice of Jazz legendary saxophone master Sonny Rollins, who at age 89 wrote an essay published by the New York Times in their "Why Does Art Matter?" series To begin, please click the link below this photo to read the article in its entirety. It is heart-felt, authentic, inspiring, and profound. All my students loved reading it. President Obama presents Sonny Rollins with the 2010 National Medal of Arts (photo credit: by Ruth David)   CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE If you cannot access the article at the link for any reason, I have copied and pasted the full-length text of the article at the bottom of this blog post.   And for those online Read More
  • A free online Whiteboard can come in very handy when you need to write or draw a musical example from scratch during an online, interactive live private music lesson +

    For those private music lesson teachers that are unfamiliar with what an online whiteboard is and how it can be useful to you, it is simply a blank white space with annotation tools for text, lines and shapes that allows you to write and draw your content in real-time for your students while screen sharing. After checking out the top five online whiteboards, I settled on using AWW Whiteboard and have been very happy with it. I find it useful and most helpful when I’m trying to illustrate harmonic analysis, custom charts, chord changes during the lesson.   I use the Basic version, which is free and requires no registration. It is perfect for on the spot whiteboarding notes. The basic version can be found at this link: https://awwapp.com/# I just open that page in my browser tab and start whiteboarding with the Basic tools on hand. It works great Read More
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The ultimate webcam for online music teachers giving live one-on-one private lessons in real-time via video chat is the ZOOM Q2N-4K.

Want the best of breed for super high quality audio and video quality at a price point of under $250? This hi-def video camera with built-in USB stereo microphone has all the features you'll ever need in a webcam!

 Zoom Q2n4k webcam online lessons front

The Zoom Q2n-4k is advertised as a "handy" video and audio recording/playback device specifically designed with the musician in mind. But the webcam function makes it the perfect webcam for both video and audio whether you're the teacher or student for live private online lessons in real-time via video chat. It was a game-changer for me, and my students love the expanded field-of-vision view that allows them to feel like they are in the room with me, not just focused on my talking head or piano keys.

Here's list of features and some specs that pertain to the webcam usage:

  •           High-quality 150° wide-angle lens (f2.8/15.2 mm)
  •           Built-in X/Y stereo microphones handling sound levels up to 120 dB SPL
  •           Can be used as standalone audio recorder for WAV files up to 24-bit/96 kHz
  •           5 field of view (FOV) settings
  •           Color LCD
  •           Support for three HD video modes: 720p, 1080p and 4K
  •           Stereo input for use with external devices plus support for plug-in power
  •           Headphone/line-level output for fast audio monitoring
  •           USB interface for live streaming and data transfer
  •           Compatible with OBS Open Broadcaster Software, Skype, other streaming apps
  •           USB mic function (with low-latency direct monitoring)
  •           Built-in standard tripod mount

 

 

Zoom Q2n4k webcam online lessons backThis is the direct link to the Zoom Official Website for this amazing audio and video recorder with webcam and USB mic mode:

https://zoom-na.com/products/field-video-recording/video-recording/zoom-q2n-4k-handy-video-recorder

And here are YouTube introductory videos on functions and features posted by Zoom:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUmmWJurzwU&feature=emb_logo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdzA8MQUe4M&feature=emb_logo

I highly recommend you check this out and get yourself one if and when you're ready to upgrade from your current webcam. If not for the improved audio, at least for the five field-of-view settings that makes your teaching studio look great at the best camera view. It's pretty affordable at $220 and works great. Five star rating!!!!

I bought mine at B&H Photo at this link where they have it in stock as of this writing, whereas most other webcams are on backorder. They also sell all the correct accessories you'll need to add as you use it as a video recorder and playback device:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1441156-REG/zoom_zq2n4k_q2n_4k_video_recorder.html
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