Q: How does it work?
A: Students download an app, link provided. Then each student on the enrollment list is sent an automated email prior to the start of class. They simply click the link in the email, the app opens up, and they're entered right into the live classroom. An alternate method; open the provided app, enter a code (provided after registration), and then you're entered into the live classroom.
Q: What if we miss a class?
A: All classes are recorded, archived and made available to the students following the live class. That way you never miss out on the lesson. This is covered in more detail in our 'Policies' section.
Q: How is class content taught?
A: The first half of the class is the lesson plan, gone over in detail by the instructor. The second half is our Q&A portion. This allows all students to ask questions, give comments directly to the instructor, and demonstrate their playing. We have found this format to be the most productive for this medium.
Q: How are classes put together?
A: Non-accredited classes can be formed in a number of ways; by age, grade, open group, etc. This is ultimately up to your needs. If you decide to have a class with various age groups, we recommend capping it, for example; ages 7-10, 11-13, 14-17, and 18 and up. Accredited classes can be structured by grade or mixed grades.
Q: What is the difference between your lessons and others?
A: Conventional lessons are live, face to face and interactive, ideal for asking questions in real time, however, there is generally no video archive of the lesson. Also, there can be limitations in viewing certain techniques, for example; seeing a close up of a bass drum-foot demonstration. Recorded video lessons can be viewed repeatedly, and provide different camera angles for better viewing of all techniques, but interaction with the teacher is typically nil. Our lessons combine the best of both worlds; live, face to face interaction with the instructor, all lessons are recorded, archived and made available to the students following the live lesson, different camera views to enhance the learning experience, and much more. All of this at a much lower cost.
Q: What sets your teachers apart from the others?
A: Unfortunately, some music schools don't properly vet their instructors, or they hire teachers with little or no experience. The same goes for Youtube lessons, where it can be hard to know if the teacher is fully qualified. We do an annual criminal background checks on every instructor, all teachers have a minimum of a music related diploma (or equivalent), and a minimum of three years teaching experience. Additionally, we only hire instructors with extra musical experience in live and studio performance. We believe that having a well rounded teacher is paramount.
Q: What do we see at our end?
A: Students have a choice of a full screen view of the instructor or gallery view. We recommend full screen view for the lesson plan portion of the class, and gallery view during the Q&A part for group interaction. A great feature in gallery view is when a particular student speaks, his or her window goes full screen, with all attention on them. This is truly a one-on-one interaction, in a group dynamic.
Q: Do students have to be on webcam?
A: No. However, we obviously encourage full involvement, including a webcam. Options are given to best aid the clients needs.
Q: Do students need to be at their instruments during class?
A: No. However, as stated, we encourage full involvement. This is most helpful during the Q&A part of the class where students can demonstrate their playing progress. This allows the instructor to give informed feedback.
Q: What equipment is required?
A: Computer and internet spec's are covered in the 'Tech Section', but otherwise a webcam and microphone (internal or external). Headphones are an option for those who want to control the volume. Links of recommended webcams, microphones and headphones is also provided in the 'Tech Section'.
Q: What ages do you start offering classes?
A: Approximately, age 7 and up. Depending on the child's abilities, we encourage parental involvement during the live classes. This also provides a great learning experience for both parent and child.
Q: What is the difference between accredited and non accredited programs?
A: Accredited programs are directed towards educational organizations, such as Distributed Learning schools, Independent schools, etc. All accredited programs follow all Prescribed Learning Outcomes set out by your Provincial/State Ministry of Education. Assessment is also included in our accredited programs, including theory examination and performance adjudication. Choice of instruments and age groups are limited to available Government guidelines.
Non accredited offers more choice of instruments, age groups, and has no assessment. These programs are great for organizations that want a more free flowing learning experience. Great for students to try various instruments and learn at a more comfortable pace. We can offer multi level programs, to allow for continued development. Example: ‘Intro to Guitar-beginner’, ‘Intro to Guitar-intermediate’, etc.
Q: Do we have a choice of what music is taught?
A: Teachers incorporate class polls, listing suitable fun and popular songs to be taught in class. DMS Music Education also offers the choice of secular or non secular songs to be taught. This is a great option for faith based organizations.