What do we mean by “virtual” teaching? My experiences teaching online over the past months have been very real! I have become quite comfortable teaching via Zoom. There is true connection; from one-on-one lessons, to large workshop presentations. Once you get used to the silence of a screen of muted students, it begins to feel natural. After all, it is a form of communication, albeit a newer one. What I value most is the immediacy of the face-to-face contact and the comfort of being in one’s familiar surroundings. What I miss is the sound of laughter when something funny is said.
There is an element of trust that develops. It may feel like talking into the abyss. But after guiding a class through a sensing exercise I feel very keenly the change. There is a stillness, a quiet presence in each person and in the collective group. It is palpable!
I look forward to adjusting my Alexander Technique & Performance class for the online fall semester. I look forward to re-connecting with returning voice students. And I gladly anticipate getting to know the new singers in my studio come September, all remotely but real-ly.