Webinar - Synchronous Online Arts Instruction


Chat transcript

Facilitated by Andrew Mercer, this webinar offered ideas for instructors who are seeking a thorough understanding of how to practically deliver live classes over the Internet. The session covered topics such as cameras and microphones, optimizing networks and computers for live online teaching, Google Meet tips and tricks, and sharing videos and other content in Google Meet.

Resources provided by Andrew Mercer

Tool/ResourceWeb linkNotes
Planning for Your Choirhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/11rX2muurY8QYz9FsVdqhZw4PU08FE2zh/view 
How to set Zoom to original soundhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbMMsBW5Taw 
OBS Studiohttps://obsproject.com/Use OBS Studio for multi-camera use.
Basic tech equipment
  • Logitech camera
  • Microphones
    • Plantronics (usb)
    • Blue or Blue Yeti (usb)
    • Box audio interface
Recommended basic tech equipment for better quality video and audio experience.
Test out your internet speedwww.speedtest.netTry this before each of your classes and find your best spot to teach with better internet speed.
Google Meet
  • Try Google Meet extensions - Page Marker, Nod, Attendance
  • Setting controls for better video
On Google Meet select the “3 dots” in the bottom left corner then “settings”. Change both “sending” and “receiving” resolution from 360 default to 720 for better quality video
Jamulushttp://llcon.sourceforge.net/Open source real-time music-making with only 22 millisecond lag, compared to Google Meet 72 millisecond lag.
Duet Displayhttps://www.duetdisplay.comUse Duet Display to install multiple screens for your computer
Screencastifyhttps://www.screencastify.com/Explore another classroom tool (A Chrome extension mentioned by someone in the chat during the session)
Movavi editing  
Create click-tracks and audio recordings for up to 16 tracks on Audacity (open-source)
Watch Andrew’s videos on how to use Audacity for your class on YouTube
SoundBiblehttp://soundbible.com/Project idea for grades 7 and up. Sound effects and soundscape.
MusicPlayOnlinehttps://musicplayonline.com/By fellow teacher Denise Gagne
Cell phone mic for recordings Use wind sock/nylons to cover mic of cell phone for clearer recordings
Placement of cellphone also affects sound. For example for your trumpet player to place the cell phone on the other side of the room (15 to 20 ft away ideally).
Incrediboxhttps://www.incredibox.com/“Music app that lets you create your own music with the help of a merry crew of beatboxers.
Choose your musical style among 7 impressive atmospheres and start to lay down, record and share your mix.”
You students are not playing alone and are accompanied by a back beat.
Music Ace Maestrohttps://www.harmonicvision.com/mafact.htmHighly recommended resource for music theory.
From Session #2 Zoom video recordingwww.onband.com/inittogetherAt 1:52 to the end on Zoom recording video, Andrew gives us his recommendation on what to plan and when to plan your curriculum.


We are able to offer this service to the sector thanks to a Digital Strategies grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, and support from the Azrieli Foundation.

We are delighted to partner with the Coalition for Music Education and the Manitoba Arts Network on this webinar.