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 that looks like the optional test meeting invite below. It will also be posted on the resource page and in the Facebook group.
To participate in what Zoom calls a "meeting" (our class), click or tap the link under the heading, “Join Zoom Meeting” to open your browser (Chrome, Safari, etc.). Alternatively, you can connect through your phone by tapping the listed numbers. If you like, you can learn more about how to join a meeting here.
For the first time joining a Zoom meeting, the internet browser will download the Zoom installer for you, if you don't already have it installed on your computer. If you like, you can download the installer ahead of time here http://www.zoom.us/support/download, and then run the installer.
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.
Privacy: When you arrive, your microphone and video camera are set to OFF by default. Turn either or both on so we can hear and see you. If you prefer to observe off-camera, leave them both off.
Tips for best performance
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 like this. à
Headphones – Video conferencing echoes are easily avoided by wearing headphones and/or turning your volume down.
Software - For the best experience, install the Zoom desktop application here: www.zoom.us/support/download
Check your connection – Streaming video is very demanding on your Internet connection. If you are on Wi-Fi, the closer you are to the router, the better. A direct Ethernet connection is usually more reliable than Wi-Fi.
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.