View Full Version : Camcorder for teaching?
02-05-2005, 10:08 AM
I'm considering getting a camcorder for use in teaching. In teaching piob., especially, there are times when the student is playing well enough so that I don't want to interrupt the tune but there are points that I'd like to comment on while they're fresh in the student's mind. Also I'm often busy conducting so can't make notes and have poor short term memory. Important points get lost.
I'm thinking it would be great to just fire up a camcorder and comment with the student relaxed and just taking in their performance.
I'd be interested in hearing people's experiences. Do students get too uptight about the camera? What camera do you use or wish you could use? A handy feature would be some sort of bookmarking button that one could just tap when a point in the tune needs comment. Is such a thing available?
02-05-2005, 02:32 PM
As a student, I think videotaping a lesson is a great idea. WIth limitless applications to learning and teaching. You can see exactly where strengths and weakness are and a nice archive of the students progress. My golf teacher uses a camera and then breaks down my swing. It has been an invaluable tool.
As far as people getting uptight playing in front of a camera, I don't see much difference between playing for the instructor or a camera.
The technology aspect of your question I cannot help, sorry.
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02-05-2005, 03:17 PM
I am sure a camcorder has many uses, especially at the band level. Last summer I used the camcorder to show some of my younger students how much they wiggle around (shifting their weight) when they play in the circle. Was rather amusing to watch it in fast forward, kind looked a bit like Benny Hill.
We used a Sony DV borrowed from a member of the band, dropped it on to a DVD, and the sound was quite acceptable. A suggestion, use a tripod, and place it a few feet back use zoom if you need to. I have found the built in mic can be overpowered if used too close. (could be just the model I was using)
In my experience the student quickly gets over any discomfort performing in front of the camera as they already feel the pressure of being under scrutiny from you anyway.
My experience anyhow,
02-05-2005, 04:32 PM
I think in general it is a great idea to film a students performance during a lesson. Sometimes it is good if you can refer back on tape to a certain phrase in a tune, especially in a piob. or MSR.
I also find a camcorder very effective when practicing with the pipe band. The camera can catch things that you would never hear or see when you are playing in the band block or circle.
02-06-2005, 07:44 PM
We try to video tape our band performances for review later. The tape really shows where the problems are. Everyone gets a view from the listener perspective.
02-07-2005, 08:28 AM
I videotape myself when I'm practicing and from time to time the band when we're practicing. As long as the student is aware that you're doing it, I don't see any problems. It's always helped in my experience.
02-16-2005, 05:52 PM
Never realized how "jerky" my bag arm was. Can't tell from the drones since they are always rock steady (thanks to the drone reeds, I think) but when my wife vidoed me from behind while I was competing...well that was an eye opener. I think the idea is good. We (my partner and I) may use this as we get our students (5) up on pipes this semester.
02-17-2005, 12:26 AM
I think this might be a good idea.
For Children though, I would suggest that a Parent or Guardian take and keep such photo's for the Teacher's protection.
David Wm. Brown
02-18-2005, 07:45 AM
Good advice Roger.
These days I think it would also be a good idea to ensure you have the parents permission before you even think about setting up the camera.
I think thatīs an idea with a lot of potential. As mentioned above this idea has been alive for a while in sports teaching etc.
I usually try to stand in front of a mirror when playing, for similar reasons.