Online guitar lessons and Google Classroom
Updated: Aug 16, 2020
Welcome to our first blog post! I’ll be posting here from time to time to talk to you about things I’m working on to help you learn guitar. I’d like to start by telling you about our remote guitar lessons and how they’ve been evolving. We switched to an entirely remote platform back in March. When it’s safe to go back to meeting together in person, we will do so again. Until then, we can work together online. Since so many of us are now doing different types of work online, it’s been a very natural transition into live video guitar lessons.
The thing I’m most excited about at the moment is the integration of Google Classroom with our lessons. If you haven’t heard of it or used it before, I’ll tell you a bit about it now. It is free service provided by google that allows a teachers to share and distribute lesson materials in a way that’s very simple and organized. Every student has their own classroom. When you’re viewing the ‘classroom’, you’ll see the page divided into sections. There are sections for Songs, Scales, Exercises and Method Books. Within each section you’ll find things like PDF’s of songs, chord charts, scale books, instructional videos and web links. At the top of the page you’ll find a summary of what you’ll be working on between each lesson. There is an excellent mobile app for Google Classroom and it’s available on desktop as well. It has really helped streamline the virtual guitar lessons experience for me as a teacher and for all of my students.
Another aspect of teaching guitar lessons online that has been very helpful is the ability to share my screen during a lessons. This really helps when discussing specific areas in a song that we’re focusing on. It’s very similar to physically pointing to something on a page if we were in the same room together and helps eliminate a lot of confusion during an online guitar lesson.
Moving forward I’ll be looking at new ways to help make the remote guitar lesson platform as close to being in the same room together as possible. Check back here next week when I’ll be discussing how play-along tracks and videos can help make practicing a lot more fun and effective.
Until next time, stay safe and keep playing!