Communication is key!
Creating new ways of communicating with each other has also been helpful to keep the lessons interactive and the students motivated online. Students are on mute for the majority of their lesson, so it is fun finding different ways of using our hands, fingers and bodies to make shapes, as a way of giving answers to describe the music and to communicate without sound to make the lesson more effective. This gets everyone involved and gives me a good sense of how the students have understood the music.
Learning online has had its challenging moments, from both my perspective and the students’. I feel that they have adapted extremely well and it has become an effective way for students to continue to develop their music skills, when seeing each other in person was not possible. Online learning is helping us feel that sense of group familiarity and is feeding our desire for music in our lives. That one hour lesson follows us into the rest of the week, in our ears and fingers as we practise. It helps us to continue our routines and celebrate our achievements, big and small. In a world that is far from ordinary, we have been able to create that sense of normality inside our own homes and still share the joy of music. We have continued to develop our skills as teachers and students and to learn more from each other in new ways.