TC 186: How Carly Walton Teaches Online While Travelling the World

How many trips have you missed because you had lessons to teach? In this podcast episode, I have with me the queen of all things online teaching, Carly Walton. You’ll learn how she teaches online while travelling the world, without the dreaded makeup lessons.

I really admire her passion to help teachers overcome their fear of technology; and you’ll definitely feel that, too, in our conversation as she talks about her experience.

We talked about so much online teaching goodness that I can almost guarantee you’ll have an idea of how to set up your online classes after listening to this podcast. Carly shares her effective and creative online teaching techniques, methods, apps, and tech stack that make piano teaching easily doable even outside your home.

In this episode, you’ll learn how Carly teaches online while travelling the world, without missing a beat:

  • [03:06] Creating resources that help teachers teach online.
  • [04:47] The benefits of online teaching.
  • [06:35] Tips for travelling and teaching piano at the same time.
  • [09:43] Recorded video lessons versus live teaching.
  • [10:15] Should you offer make-up lessons?
  • [11:52] What she loves about Tonara.
  • [13:19] Her current students’ ages and abilities.
  • [14:43] The travel and at home tech stack she uses.
  • [16:46] Using Internet Midi to improve your teaching and play duets.
  • [18:45] Key points in improving sound quality for online classes.
  • [21:41] Online teaching experiences of teachers in her community.
  • [23:58] Adapting to the new way of teaching.
  • [24:53] Teachers continuing their online classes after the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • [25:53] Things we can improve in our online teaching.
  • [27:33] Ideas for off-bench activities for online lessons.
  • [28:59] Using apps for teaching.
  • [30:03] Teaching theory to students.
  • [31:33] Her favourite methods or approach she uses online.
  • [33:25] Carly’s comprehensive online teaching course.
  • [37:54] Top tips to get started with online lessons today.

Special Promo Mentioned:

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About Our Guest

Carly Walton is a Berklee College of Music graduate, and online teacher, performer, and world traveller. She has taught music at K-8 schools and been a choral instructor for two charter schools. Carly also enjoys arranging music for piano students and choirs.

Carly has been teaching music online for the last eight years and one year ago started her Teach Music Online course and coaching program. She has a passion for helping teachers overcome their fear of technology and find ways to be creative and effective as online music teachers. She has a thriving Facebook group with more than 5,000 music teachers where she hosts free training workshops and resources.

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