Henry Wong Doe, a professor in IUP’s Department of Music and a native of New Zealand, is adjusting to teaching all his classes online by setting up cameras and microphones in his home to connect with his students. In between classes, we recently caught
up with him for a progress report.
For all my piano students, making sure everyone has access to a keyboard or piano and an internet connection. Having to combine teaching both synchronously and asynchronously and having the same—or close to the same—learning outcomes has also
definitely been a challenge.
Because students are not able to be together, group and ensemble work is one thing I have had to reconsider and change. Right now, I am exploring ways of recording a track and having students play with it to simulate an ensemble environment. I
have yet to test this out, but I hope it will work!
The three students who I taught today seem to be very receptive. Their lessons were very productive, and it was nice to see them after all this time!
Learning more about technology, setting up my studio with microphones and webcams, and figuring out how it can all work. It can only enhance the options for me professionally as we move forward from this scary situation!
For other faculty members, don’t get too frustrated if things don’t work out the first time. Keep assignments simple. Make sure there are lots of different options available to students, and give them lots of flexibility. We can get through this
together! Smile on your videos, and keep a positive outlook for your students.