Updated: Aug 26, 2021
So after 18 months of teaching online piano and theory, I am finally re-opening my studio for in-person lessons and I've spent the last two weeks preparing. I live in Ontario where the current restrictions require me to obseve physical distancing and so I've positioned my keyboard next to the piano with the required two meter space between teacher and student. This is quite satisfactory for teaching practical piano but will not work for teaching theory.
So then it came to me. Why not use the Zoom screenshare for in-person lessons just like I've been using it for online instruction? I could continue to require students to email assignments two days ahead of their lesson which would give me time to mark them before they come. In the lesson I could start a meeting, turn the laptop toward the student and share the file from my Ipad without compromising the physical distancing.
The best thing about this plan is that there is virtually no adjustment needed whether the lesson is online or in-person. The students are used to the system of sending in their work ahead of time and making their corrections on their pages from the screen as we take it up.
If there is a rise in cases and we need to move to remote lessons, it's an easy switch!
I haven't put this setup into practice yet but I'm already thinking it doesn't need to be limited to theory. I have a lot of PDF resources such as music scores, rhythm sheets and technique handouts and what about online activities such as NoteRush, Rhythm Generator, Google Slides or BoomCards? If you have other ideas and systems for combining online apps with in-person lessons, I'd love for you to share them in the comments.
Wishing you a Happy and Safe New Teaching Year!