Change audio settings
By default, Zoom tends to cut out the sound of instruments (especially violin) as if it were merely background noise. This problem can usually be rectified by changing the audio settings.
Follow the steps in this article to change your Zoom audio settings.
Webcam & Microphone
Invest in a good webcam and microphone. It will make a huge difference to your lessons.
A good webcam will often include a good microphone. The best way to know if you have a suitable webcam/microphone is to test it or ask the teacher how the sound is on their end.
Unfortunately, many webcams/microphones that are built into devices are not of suitable quality. In general, the following devices have good webcams/microphones built into them:
- iPhones, iPads, Macbooks and other Apple products
- The latest Windows computers over $1500
- The latest tablets over $800
If your windows computer needs a better webcam/microphone, I recommend a Logitech C922 webcam.
For ever better sound, I recommend using a Blue Yeti or Blue Yeti Nano microphone for audio and the Logitech C922 for video.
Place your light source behind the camera
The light source (window, lamp) should preferably be behind the camera. Avoid shadows on the student’s face as this can make communication challenging.
Larger screen sizes are better
A phone should be used only as a last resort as the screen size makes it difficult for the student to see the teacher and to see symbols displayed on the screen.
Sam often uses an interactive whiteboard while teaching on Zoom. Student find it much easier to write on the whiteboard when the screen size is approx 10″ or greater.
Higher resolutions are better
A screen with Full HD (1920×1080) or greater is ideal.