Launching A LIVE Webcam Piano Class at POWHOW! (Videos)

Yesterday was an experience! A writer friend had referred me to POWHOW, an online conduit for webcam-driven classes, and my first thought was HOW ON EARTH did this apply to piano lessons which held a sanctimonious ONE-to-ONE student/teacher space for centuries? (It had started in Italy with Cristofori and his miraculous pianoforte invention)

Would I be treading on hallowed ground, insulting a time-honored tradition embraced by icons, Anton Rubinstein and Sergei Leschetizky?

What would my late teacher, Lillian Freundlich say if she knew that I had dared to tweak my Logitech 1080 HD cam on video, YOU TUBING my set-up for a Skype lesson to London, England?

Two full-blown keyboards co-existed in harmony, separated by thousands of miles with a breathtaking landscape to consider in the MILLENNIUM.

One was up close and personal:

And what about the split-screen approach? (Was I bordering on the RADICAL?)

POWHOW took an even greater leap forward with a host of keyboards in the works, marked off in boxes, clicked for a close-up at any moment. Students might see one another, or remain anonymous if they chose.

The instructor, in a Honey I Blew Up the Professor image, could teach up to 30 students simultaneously. (I couldn’t imagine so many compressed cyber cubicles on my screen!)

“IT’S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL” blared in my ears!

What else was new?

With a simple mouse click, I could open a full screen view of myself, or promptly revert back to the keyboard angle.

A myriad of options!

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POWHOW TOOLS:

Rachel Simpson, an able POWHOW team member had walked me through a mosaic of boxes, clicks, sub-clicks, etc., in rapid pace.

A newbie, I felt inundated with dizzying directions!

(In a cyber-circuit shock to my nervous system, I called upon “USER FRIENDLY” as my MANTRA for pure survival!)

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The POWHOW TUTORIAL:

With my Sony mini cam poised at the right angle on its tripod , I snatched a portion of the POWHOW POWER TOOLS-related footage, adding a preview of my TOP-NOTCH TONE CLASS!

http://www.powhow.com/classes/shirley-kirsten

Top-notch Tone Class Preview:

It was a dress-rehearsal for the “LIVE” event coming up soon.

A POWHOW adventure to be continued….

So Stay tuned!

LINK:

http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/10/powhow-beta-launch/