If you want to be able to teach online lessons using the webcam on your computer, the technology available today makes this a lot easier than you might think.
What you'll Need
Before we get started, there are some things you're going to need.
- Webcam - While it is, of course, possible to give a music lesson with only an audio connection, the experience is far less than wonderful. Also, in my experience teaching guitar, being able to see what the student's hands are doing is critical to spotting bad habits before they get too firmly entrenched. In addition, there is a much stronger connection when you can see each other, and this leads to better outcomes all around.
- Skype Account - Obviously, if you're going to use Skype, you'll need to have a Skype account. You'll also need to download the Skype software to your computer. You can sign up for a free account, and download the free software, from Skype's website.
- Your student's Skype Name - All Skype users have a unique Skype Name. Ask your student for theirs and you can edit their student profile and save it to our database, where you can access it at any time. There is an option to record a single Skype Name for a whole family, that will be available for all students in that family. This can be found by going to a student or parent's profile and clicking on the Family tab.
You can also indicate if an individual student has a Skype Name that is different from the family's Skype Name. This is found on the Profile tab for the student.
After setting up your Skype account, downloading and setting up the software, and recording the student's Skype ID in their student profile, you're ready for the lesson to start!