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Keylab online faq

For families taking remote online classes or lessons. 

How do we schedule our online session?

Setting up for the first session - Please read this before your first session!

What do we need to do before a session?

How do we join the Zoom meeting?

How will Keylab be conducting sessions with kids?

How will kids work on projects during the week?

How can kids collaborate online?

HOW DO WE SCHEDULE OUR ONLINE SESSION? 

  • Private lesson students have already been scheduled.

  • Songlab students were sent emails with links to select a time slot for their Songlab Online session. Please check your email from Keylab or Doodle.com if you haven't selected a time slot!

  • Before Monday, families will receive an invitation to a recurring weekly Zoom video conferencing appointment

  • Please accept the appointment in order to confirm the appointment

  • This will be your regular time slot each week

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SETTING UP FOR THE FIRST SESSION

In order to make the first lesson as fun as possible for your child, please do your best to work out your tech setup BEFORE your first session!

  • SOFTWARE

    • Log in to your child's account on Soundtrap - can be used on any device

    • Download Zoom teleconferencing software 

  • COMPUTER / TABLET / SMARTPHONE

    • Using a laptop or desktop computer is preferred for online sessions. 

    • Ipads/tablets will work, but are not as good. 

    • Phones should only be used as a last resort if computer or tablet are not available.

    • Please make sure your device has a working camera and microphone so we can see and hear students. 

    • Most devices have cameras and mics built in, but webcams are great too!

  • INSTRUMENTS​​

    • PIANO/KEYBOARD

      • If your child is taking private piano lessons, they can use a piano or digital piano/keyboard

      • Having a digital piano/keyboard connected to a computer or ipad will make Keylab's online experience more fun for all students.

      • If you do not own a keyboard, but are interested in getting one, we will be happy to suggest one that will fit your space and budget

      • Virtual keyboards on ipads/tablets can be used for Songlab and music production for all students, and piano lessons for our youngest students.

    • GUITAR & BASS

      • Electric or acoustic guitars and basses can be used.

      • Guitars and basses should be tuned before beginning online sessions

      • You will need an amplifier or an audio interface.

    • DRUMS

      • If a student plays acoustic drums, they must use headphones

      • If a student plays digital drums, they will either need an amplifier, audio interface, or usb midi connection to computer or tablet

    • VOICE

      • can use mic on computer, tablet, or webcam

  • CAMERA/MIC/SPEAKERS

    • CAMERA 

      • Whenever possible, the camera should be set up so students can easily play their instrument and see computer screen at the same time without having to change location or move head back and forth too much

      • The camera angle should allow teachers to see the student and their instrument clearly, including seeing kids fingers on guitar fretboard or piano keyboard

      • It is best to experiment with this BEFORE your first session!

    • MICROPHONE

      •  Please test and make sure your microphone is working before your child's 1st session!

    • SPEAKERS

      • High quality audio is important for our online sessions, and using the built in speaker on your computer will not work

      • If the audio experience is not good, the kids will not enjoy the process!

      • For the best experience, it is ideal for kids to use headphones.

      • If headphones are not possible, routing audio through a soundbar, high fidelity speakers, or other type of stereo speaker with decent bass will work fine.

  • THE LESSON ENVIRONMENT

    • should be well lit

    • should 

    • should be in a private area free from distractions

    • Ideally there will be no other noise or sound in the lesson environment to interfere with session, especially voices/activity from family members who may not know they are  in the home

    • should be comfortable for student

    • Should be special and make the student feel happy and excited. Posters, books, photos, art, etc. are all great.

    • Should be a space that promotes focus, exploration, and expression. 

 

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WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO BEFORE A SESSION?

  • Log into your child's Soundtrap account

  • Turn on the digital/electronic keyboard and make sure it is connected to computer.

  • Make sure headphones are connected, or speakers are turned on and that everything is working before joining the zoom meeting

  • Please close memory intensive applications and minimize use of data intensive video streaming services or video conferencing apps on your wifi network during the session. 

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HOW DO WE JOIN THE ZOOM MEETING?

  • If you do not have Zoom, please set up your free account here.

  • When it is time for your meeting click the link in the appointment on your calendar and follow instructions to join the meeting

  • make sure the mic and camera are unmuted

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HOW WILL YOU BE CONDUCTING SESSIONS WITH KIDS?

  • Except for our youngest students, once the meeting has been initiated, we will be able to work with your child directly without supervision or assistance. 

  • For our youngest children, we may need occasional assistance from parents to open up websites and help children use screen sharing so we can do online testing and games

  • The first week will be treated as orientation sessions to get the kids up to speed with how to use Zoom and Soundtrap.

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HOW WILL KIDS WORK ON PROJECTS DURING THE WEEK?

  • Assignments will be sent either through Soundtrap or Google Classroom

  • Kids will be able to message teachers for help or to check progress on assignments.

  • Teachers will do their best to get back to kids asap with feedback

  • All messaging will occur securely within Soundtrap or Google Classroom

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HOW CAN KIDS COLLABORATE ONLINE?

  • Kids can search for each other to collaborate

  • Once connected, users will be able to edit and make changes independently of their collaborators

  • If users want to share, they will choose to SYNC their changes and the other user will be prompted to accept the sync. 

  • Users can go back to previous versions if they want

  • More advanced users can add vocals, guitar, or other instruments or sound effects using a microphone

  • For more info go to SOUNDTRAP SUPPORT

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN COLLABORATING
(from soundtrap.com)

  • So you’ve just started collabing with someone? Great! Here are some advice on how to achieve a joyful experience and still making sure everyone’s visions are fulfilled:

  • Give feedback to each other! To share musical ideas with others takes a lot of courage. It will all be a lot easier if you as collaborators give credit and support each other via the text- or video chat.

  • …And speaking of that. A lot of valuable ideas might be coming up while talking to each other. The text chat and video chat is an awesome creative tool!

  • Don’t be afraid to share unpolished ideas and sketches to get the creative flow going.

  • If you want to have your private space when coming up with new things, though, it might be good to know that your collaborators won’t be able to hear your recordings until you click save.

  • Hard to understand each others vision? Use reference songs! Create playlists or link video clips to get a shared vision

  • Hard to come up with new ideas? Browse the loop library to find inspiration

  • Last but not least; be kind, be bold and always respect each others ideas!

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