This weekend I had the opportunity to be part of a tech retreat with over 100 entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds who shared their stories of inspiration, what they learned in their failures and how they overcame obstacles and solved a problem missing in their particular industry. I happened to be the new one there and so there were a lot of questions but the most common question asked was “what makes Musicology different then Zoom?” This question was often followed by a statement of “I learned an instrument in my free time during the pandemic”.
It got me thinking.
Why is it that music was the first thing that people turned to when they had more time on their hands? If music is so important to humanity, why is it so overlooked and underfunded?
Many music retailers around the world saw an increase in instrument sales of 50-70% during the pandemic of all price ranges. Teachers heard requests for lessons twice a week. Students practiced! Yet the most popular host to those online lessons seemed to be Zoom, Skype and FaceTime – platforms NOT built for music.
You may think that all video conferencing platforms are built the same but this is NOT true. No matter how many settings Zoom puts in, it will NEVER change the foundation of which it is built on.
So what makes Musicology different?
Musicology is built on a foundation specifically for music. Popular conferencing systems go through a server (any platform with group rooms does this). Musicology is built on a peer-to-peer network supported by a global call line that does not rely on transmitting audio through a server. It’s the BEST connection you will ever get 1:1. It’s a direct connection from the teacher to the student. This allows for extremely low latency and layered sound much the same as a phone call – you can speak over your student while they are playing and direct them in their artistic interpretation the same way you would in an in-person lesson.
Let’s talk about features now!
Collaborative whiteboard – no extra settings, just go ahead and draw together!
File upload – store your students music and theory sheets in their room for easy access to annotate on, on the whiteboard.
Private rooms – each student has their very own room and special code to enter the lesson that never changes.
Lock button – teacher controlled and student enabled, lock your student out if they’re getting to button happy!
MIDI keyboard – plug in your electric keyboard to demonstrate on your students screen
Virtual keyboard – no MIDI? No problem. Play the on screen keyboard!
Multi-cameras – plug in as many cameras as you want and toggle through them with an easy camera switch button.
Screen Share – share your audio, iPad and screen with your students!
Musical draggables – built short melodies or play music games on the Grand Staff with draggable music notations
Rewards – send your student one of our large animated emojis for reinforcement! The kids love sending these back to their teacher too!
Try it out and see for yourself what a difference it can make in your lessons. It’s free for 14-days! Use the code WEBAPP for 50% off your first paid month – a special gift for our loyal newsletter readers!
Replay found here!