A Collection of Thoughts On a Musical Life
I finished my yoga teaching certificate a little over a year ago, then the karma teaching internship a little less than a year ago. After that I subbed a bit, but I never ended up on the regular schedule. Then the shutdown hit.
You’d expect that to be the end of my yoga teaching career. In fact, I’m teaching more than ever! It started as a way to connect with my friends, then my friend’s wife’s fencing school asked me to teach for them. Then the Boston Singers’ Resource asked me to do a workshop, and I decided to offer a weekly class geared towards musicians.
It is by no means a full-time gig; but this turn of events surprised me. I think there are several factors in play. Yoga happens to be a movement modality suited towards online classes. Although the experience is missing hands-on adjustments and closer attention by the teacher; it is easy to follow well-led verbal cues while peaking at the video while necessary. It is also possible to do yoga with minimal accoutrements.
Yoga retail hopes you don’t notice, but paper towel rolls make fine blocks, and pillows work well for placing under the hips. Almost anything long can become a yoga strap. It is also possible to teach a class that requires none of these things. A yoga mat is necessary, but many people already own one, even if it was used for other modalities before.
For me, live online yoga classes beat pre-recorded ones hands down. There is a connection, even when the teacher is not able to make it back to the screen to view the students.
I definitely lucked out with my particular path to teaching more, but I also know established teachers are seeing classes of twenty daily. It is certainly an interesting time to teach yoga, or anything.
Feel free to contact me for information about my current yoga (or voice) offerings. Photo above is my teaching setup.
Like many people, I’ve been living the Zoom life for a couple months now. I teach voice lessons and yoga via Zoom (and Facebook, and GoToMeeting). I take lessons via FaceTime. Then there are the meetings.
Zoom meetings are both a godsend and exhausting when done in excess. As president of Triad and as a church choir director, I’ve been holding meetings in lieu of rehearsals. Triad has been rather productive!
We produced this new work within a matter of weeks: https://youtu.be/9AQnTIJjLcA
I’ll talk in another diary about what technology I’ve been using, but here are my tips for staying-connected meetings:
2. Make the agenda clear, especially if the agenda is connecting and chitchat. Someone may be waiting for the meeting to start, when really the chitchat is the whole point.
3. Be the meeting leader, especially if the purpose is chatting. Call on each person individually to ask how they are doing. It’s less organic than the same experience in person, but it moves things along.
4. Don’t be afraid to end the meeting decisively, either when the time is up or when the conversation has run its course. You don’t want things to drag on, leaving an impression of awkwardness at the end.
Here are a few tips on how I encouraged Triad to be productive during this distanced time:
3. Be realistic and understand that some people are swamped, while others are bored. Some are keen to create, and others can’t engage that way right now. You won’t get full participation, but with electronic music, there are a lot more tools to flush and even things out.