Tech Setup

Devices - All you need is a computer, tablet, or smartphone with a camera and microphone connected to the internet or cellular data. Set it off to the side of your piano so we can see your face and hands.

Headphones – Video conferencing has a tendency to create echoes which is easily avoided by wearing headphone or turning your volume down.

Access

As of Fall 2019, we are replacing Google Hangouts with the Zoom web conferencing platform for a better experience.

  • On or before the day of the class, you’ll receive an invitation by email with an access link.

  • To participate in the "meeting" (our class), simply click or tap the link under the heading, “Join Zoom Meeting” to open your browser (Chrome, Safari, etc.)

  • Privacy: If you prefer to observe off-camera, follow these same instructions but disable your camera and/or microphone as soon as you arrive by clicking the labeled icons in the toolbar. Alternatively, you can just aim your camera to your ceiling to hide your face.

  • Alternatively, you can connect through your phone by tapping the listed numbers.

  • The first time, you’ll receive a prompt to download a one-time plug-in for your browser that takes about 3 seconds to install. If you do not wish to download any plug-ins or software you can cancel and stream the meeting through your browser, however there will be a few limitations. This link explains more.

·       Learn more about how to join a meeting here.

Troubleshooting

Check your connection – Streaming video is very demanding on your Internet connection. If you are on Wifi, the closer you are to the router, the better. A direct Ethernet connection is usually more reliable than Wifi.

Reduce demand – Encourage those around you who are on the same connection to take a break from the internet or, at least, refrain from downloading large files or streaming video (this includes Netflix and Xbox Live) during the duration of the lesson.

Close unnecessary programs – Close down all software, apps and browser tabs on your device, except what you need to view the class. This includes online storage programs that sync in the background such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

Suggested positioning of your device.

Suggested positioning of your device.

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Microphone and camera ON.

Microphone and camera ON.

Microphone and camera OFF.

Microphone and camera OFF.

Here’s how zoom looks on your end.

Here’s how zoom looks on your end.

 

Help for problems:

  • Contact us (but not after class starts) here.

  • Send an email to tonyasouthwick@gmail.com

  • Go to the zoom website and click the Help button in the lower right-hand corner.