As the tentative optimism emerging for some community music groups in term 3 was crushed by COVID once more, devising a resource to support leaders to facilitate online music making or to squeeze the most out of their current online practice became a priority. Saddened by the clipped wings of songbirds and the frustration of instrumentalists playing alone into the ether almost everywhere, CMVic began working on the development of resources to support an online take off as a way for groups to keep connected.
The result is a fantastic, seven page, website resource called Leading Community Music Online, researched and written by CMVic’s newly appointed tech advisor, Craig Barrie. Together with his partner, Nicki Johnson, Craig has been singing and strumming and keeping the spirits and morale of community music-makers raised up through lockdown since the very start of this corona-induced hullaballoo. Offering multiple online opportunities for people to participate and engage through his work with Nicki as part of All the Way Home, With One Voice Greater Dandenong, and as an independent music teacher, has required Craig to experiment extensively and continually refine what he’s found works best and what is better avoided from both a delivery and engagement perspective, using this format.
Craig has now written up his findings together with some of his top tips into a highly informative, engaging and accessible resource designed to support and enable community music makers’ to enjoy positive tech outcomes and less glitches. It includes advice and help-guides about how to get the best results with limited time and a limited budget.
This is all now loaded and shared on the Community Music Victoria website and we very much hope that the following index of info will help you and your groups to turn iso into calypso and remain tuned in with each other until normal service can be resumed, however far off that is, whether you’re locked down in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire or restricted in regional Victoria. The options discussed have been tried and tested by music leaders in the CMVic family since physical distancing measures took effect in March 2020 – we thank them for so generously sharing their knowledge and experience in the peer-sharing spirit of Community Music Victoria.
Introduction to Online Leading:
Some of the basics to think about when starting out
Choosing the Right Programs for Online Leading:
A quick overview of the different types of software available (e.g. virtual rooms or project-based apps)
Virtual Rooms for Meeting Up:
A quick run through the main software for ‘virtual rooms’ (e.g. Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, etc) with key features in brief
Hosting and Running Zoom Sessions:
Lots of details about how to get the most out of Zoom sessions – CMVic’s top choice for virtual rooms
Project-based Apps for Making, Performing and Learning:
A run through the main apps to support ‘asynchronous’ music making that produce multi-player recordings and video grids of remote performers
Storing and Sharing Files:
All these apps produce lots of data. A very brief reminder of where the best places are to store them and share them
Audio and Video: Home Studio on a Budget:
Not sure about your home studio setup? Here are some tips on how to get the most out of what you have, and what you might add to it with a modest budget.
*Members of CMVic can also book a one-to-one tech help appointment with Craig Simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your issue specifying when you are available for a call or Zoom chat. Please include a description of relevant hardware (e.g. laptop/tablet/phone, Mac-IoS/PC-Android).
**Keep an eye out for upcoming CMVic Zoom sessions on specific tech related topics. These are advertised in CMVic’s Shout newsletter as well as the CMVic Singing Leaders’ Lounge and Music Group Leaders’ Lounge on Facebook, and include ongoing discussions of what our clever, creative folk are doing to make the best lemonade out of the lemons that 2020 has supplied in abundance!
Written by Deb Carveth with Craig Barrie for Community Music Victoria