How to improve your set-up for your online music lessons:
As we complete our first month of online lessons, I'm sure many of you have been making adjustments to your technical set-up to get the most value out from your time with your teacher.
Here are a few tips to achieve this:
- Use the largest screen you have available
- If you use a computer, use an ethernet cable rather than WiFi if at all possible.
- If you have an external microphone that can attach to your device, use it. It makes it much easier for your teacher to hear the best sound.
- If you use Zoom for your lessons, make the following sound adjustments to your settings as listed on our website.
Visit the SSSG on Facebook
We have been posting lots of short videos that you can watch with your children and brighten your days.
In the last few weeks, we have been sharing videos from a very sweet SSSG father and daughter team, Daev Mulholland and his daughter Kira. They have been entertaining us with their beautiful playing, quizzes, jokes and generally silliness from their basement. Don't miss their upcoming episodes!
Visit us on Facebook. Like our page, and you will see our posts in your newsfeed.
Grocery Cards Are on the Way!
The grocery cards are packed and ready to be delivered. Board members have kindly volunteered to help distribute cards for April, May and June. One of us will be in touch by phone or email to arrange a convenient time to stop by - at a safe distance of course!
Virtual Play-in with your Group Class
a link to our online
registration forms next week. We have extended the deadline until mid-May.
Due to the current social distancing situation, we have decided to offer our families two Virtual Play-in dates when each group class will meet online. This will provide our students a way to connect with each other and their group class teacher and break the social isolation in a musical way.
Please be ready for a Zoom meeting with your group class at your regular group class time on Saturday, April 25th and May 2nd. This will include all of our group classes and rhythmic reading classes but not Tanglewood orchestra or Concorde. You will receive an invitation from your teacher the night before each meeting.
In order to reduce the likelihood of a time conflict between classes for siblings, we are moving our rhythmic reading classes to the afternoon on those two same days:
1 pm: Rhythmic Reading 3
2 pm: Rhythmic Reading 1A
3 pm: Rhythmic Reading 1B
4 pm: Rhythmic Reading 2
Caroline will be emailing the invitation to your meeting the night before the class.
Rhythmic Reading: A message from Caroline
Hello rhythmic reading families! I hope you are all doing well.
When you have completed your homework from our last class, please scan it or take a picture of it and email it to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Show everyone how you're keeping the music going
Share the creative way you are making music while staying safe at home. Send your pics to email@example.com
Call for COVID-19 Performances
Calling all students to submit performances to be posted on the SSSG YouTube Channel. We want to hear how you are continuing your work on your instrument and sharing your music during this time of social distancing.
Make a video of your child performing a polished piece that he or she would like to share with the world and we will share it on the SSSG YouTube channel. Some of the videos may also be shared on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
Performances can be accompanied or unaccompanied, family members playing together as a group, recordings of online lessons or practice sessions (playing a duet with your teacher or practice buddy). Let your imagination run wild!
How to record your video: No need for fancy equipment! Just use your phone or your camera. Record at a lower resolution to ensure the file isn't too big: 1080p HD 30fps is a good video setting for this purpose.
How to submit your video:
- Fill out our submission form
- Upload your video to our COVID-19 Performance Dropbox
Organizations are being wonderfully creative in offering new ways to enjoy all types of events online.
Free concerts, plays and tours to keep you entertained