Here's why we created Gig Room for teaching music online.
For several years, I have experimented with teaching music online: individual piano lessons, chamber ensemble coaching, and large group rehearsals. The results have always been, well, awful. With Zoom, Skype, FaceTime and Hangouts, I experience a delay that is anywhere from 1.5 seconds to as much as 6 seconds. I ask my student to stop playing, and she continues for four more measures before she hears me. The video conferencing platform is itself a distraction, and certainly not a useful tool.
The COVID pandemic made this issue a daily problem for my professional life.
So, for my own benefit, I started working with the engineers at www.MusicalOverture.com to develop an audio/video-conferencing tool that would help me teach lessons with a delay so small, it is unnoticeable in a lesson situation. When I say “stop”, the student stops immediately. When I point out an incorrect or out of tune note, the student knows exactly which note I’m talking about. And, with a fast enough internet connection, we can even play simultaneously, as if we were in the same room!
Finally, I can teach online without the frustration of the “Zoom delays”, and focus on the student and the music. I would like to share this revolutionary tool with you. You can teach up to three students at a time (4 users total) with imperceptible delays. There is an on-screen metronome and tuner, and all users get a Musical Overture profile page with unlimited HD video uploads, access to the Musical Overture video repository, messaging app, search engine, directory, blog entries, events calendar and more.
I’d love to hop in a Gig Room with you and give you a personal demo. Just reply to this email and let me know what day/time works best for you.
Gig Room has solved a problem that most of us thought could not be solved and has enabled me to help my students thrive throughout the pandemic. None of us know what the future holds, but one thing is for certain: digital learning is here to stay. Gig Room makes excellent online musical instruction possible.
Conductor and Music Director
Carroll Symphony Orchestra