Summary

Let’s talk about synth – podcasts in bytes.

Synth basically allows you to create a collaborative podcast where students can add their own audio files by recording them straight from their browser and engage in a conversation with their teacher and classmates, depending on how has been added to the podcast group. It does not involve the use of email addresses because students can join using a weblink and a code that expires after 30 days.

Synth for music lessons

In a classroom setting, you could immediately involve the students in a musical discussion by asking them to play a certain melody in different ways. But remotely, you will need technology to achieve that goal. So that could be one of the uses of synth. Any other ways to use synth in your virtual music lessons? Let me know! costanza@tunedupclub.com

Here is the podcast I made for my students on Synth where I talk about all things music technology


Summary

Zoom and Skype are not always ideal solutions when it comes to playing duets or chamber music with your students. Whilst the ‘turn on original sound’ and ‘do not suppress background noise’ functions can certainly help, I decided to give Zencastr a try. Zencastr is used by podcasters to record live interviews, so it’s not designed for music education, but then again, not many platforms are designed for music education to start with. Most of the time (but not all the time), teachers adopt business apps and use them in their music class.

I tried out the tool with my brother. In the video, he is singing and I am playing the ukulele. We did not rehearse the song, it was just to test Zencastr.

PROS

The distinction between the ukulele and voice parts is very clear. Not even once some chords or lyrics are suppressed.

CONS

There is a time lag. You can hear it as my chords sound delayed in comparison to his singing.