Verify that you have a stable internet connection. The fewer devices/programs
internet, the stronger the signal.
Go to Zoom’s sign-up page to
create a FREE account (or go to the App store to download the FREE Zoom for
iCloud Meetings App) onto a device with camera and mic: desktop or laptop
computer, iPad, iPhone or other type of tablet. Install the App after
a PARTICIPANT, you receive an invitation from a HOST by email. Click on the
link included. Some hosts also provide a password and a
waiting room for admittance into the event for security and management.
STUDENTS need only the basic,
free account. https://zoom.us/freesignup/
Free accounts have a 40 min. limit. Zoom
Pro accounts have unlimited time and other features for a $15 monthly fee.
There are many YouTube videos, tutorials and webinars on the HOW TO
& set up.
Some have now come along that help to maximize settings for instrumental
music rather than just talking. Changing
the audio settings as well as adding an external mic help increase the clarity
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mEAb4G063sM - Audio settings, Advanced
adjust microphone volume” should NOT be selected
both the “Suppress Persistent
Background Noise & Intermittent Background Noise”.
as AUTO for “Echo Cancellation”.
Explanation of why these settings need to be changed.
https://plgmusic.com.au/news/2020/3/23/best-zoom-meeting-settings-for-remote-music-lessons - Info. for ‘remote’ music
“Turn on Original
Sound” – option on computers. Is a toggle in upper left
hand corner of the Zoom window. Will then say “Turn
Off Original Sound.” Leave it alone.
Test your settings
before a meeting or workshop!! Set up a
meeting for yourself.
Adding even a simple external USB mic (not
a speaker) if your device allows,
will greatly improve your sound. You
won’t notice the difference but participants will!! Check out Amazon. Example
Conference mic, omnidirectional, for Computers, PC, Mac, streaming,
Skype. Designate the use of this mic in
your Zoom settings as well as in system preferences on your device, if an
Can open the Chat box to
read/write messages when you are muted.
OR SPEAKER VIEW
Try out either, depending on
group size and purpose of Zooming.
Can click on photo of Ex/ leader
– click on 3 dots to Pin (enlarge) to see fuller view of an instrument or
The HOST admits everyone to the
event through a waiting room. Everyone
participating is shown on the screen so be mindful of how you want to look as
well as your background. Fancy
backgrounds are available, but they might have some distortion. Because of sound
delay annoyance the HOST
mutes all except whoever is leading the tune.
It becomes a kind of a karaoke with each muted player only hearing the
lead player and their own instrument. It
helps to have a common repertoire to draw on or music at the ready – whether
sheet music, tab or memorized.
Individual lessons can be very
successful if the instructor and student each set up their instruments and
communication devices to view each other.
Facetime and Skype are other options besides Zoom. A call and response
Many musicians and organizers are
developing plans to offer distance learning and entertainment.
Dulcimer Players News – Dulcimer
resources galore!! https://www.dpnews.com
Nonsuch Dulcimer Club in the UK –
Zoom Guidelines & Resources:
– SHEET MUSIC
Open the file/sheet music to be
shared and close other files on desktop. (Have music files in desktop folder)
Host mutes participants except person leading the tune. Host or attendee -
Click the green Share Screen icon. Click on
the sheet music to be shared, then click on Share.
Click on Stop Share to end. https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362153-Sharing-your-screen
• Avoid Zoom-Bombing!!!
Don’t share meeting log-in info. on social media.
• Zoom security –Waiting
Room is used to manage entry of participants.
up to date on
recommendations. Watch tutorials.
out your Zoom set up
BEFORE your first workshop, etc. on Zoom.