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Posts Tagged ‘wireless microphone’

Keep It Simple To Start

Posted by terrepruitt on November 4, 2020

I keep hearing new teachers ask about teachers’ setup.  In this post I am specifically talking about Nia.  Since Nia has started conducting training online we are just getting a wealth of opportunities to meet (via Zoom) and learn various things.  I feel as if in every meeting there is one question about the Trainers’ set up.  I am posting this because when I hear the question about set up posed to a TRAINER the answer usually is $$$$$$.  I have been Zooming classes for seven months.  I started using a borrowed microphone.  It is an awesome mic, but it wasn’t GREAT for movement classes because it, the computer, or Zoom would decide what was “noise” and needed to be canceled, sometimes my voice and/or the music would get silenced.  Students need to hear both.  I just want to share about my set up because it might help someone get online.  Once online and teaching one can upgrade from there.

Some Nia teachers work in studios so they have a lot of equipment available to them.  Some Nia TRAINERS are the same.  But some Nia teachers, especially ones just starting out might want to keep it simple (less expensive) at first.  It is a HUGE investment to spend $400 on a microphone.  That was the cost of what one trainer shared she was using — and that didn’t include all of the equipment needed to make it work.

We are all doing it differently and we all have different needs, so I am not here saying anything is better than the other, I am saying that if you are new and you want to jump on Zoom and start teaching and you don’t want to invest in an expensive microphone and all that equipment (mixing boards, cables . . . I don’t even know) it requires, there are other options.

I am borrowing a laptop and a monitor with a camera in it.  I am using my ION Block Rocker.  I bought a wireless mic.  And my husband bought me a cable so the computer can be directly connected to the router (all the way across the house) and not use wireless.

First of all, connect directly to the internet . . . in other words avoid using wireless if you can.  If you can’t then try to make sure your device is in “line of sight” of your router.  I found doing that made a difference.

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The wireless microphone I purchased came with a splitter.  The splitter connects the wireless microphone transmitter to the computer AND it has a place for the AUX cord for my speaker.  My speaker is wireless, but I want to eliminate any factors that can cause lag so I connect via an AUX cord.  The speaker is also battery operated, but I plug it in.  My music is playing from iTunes via Zoom directly to the students, the speaker is for ME to hear the music.

For Nia I used a big monitor with the camera.  It is easier for me to see my students when I am moving around the studio (ie. living room with white curtains as back drop).  For the yoga and stretch classes I teach I use laptop and its camera.  Since I am more stationary in yoga and stretch I can see my students fine on the laptop.

Since I am not teaching a lot of classes right now the Kimafun Wireless Microphone I bought works great.  As time goes on and needs change so may the equipment, that is usually the case, but for now, I am just sharing, in my opinion, to start out you don’t have to spend a lot of money.  It is kind of like teaching, starting small . . . keep is simple with the option to expand as you go.

What are you using?  Do you have any advice for new teachers?  Do you have any advice for teachers new to online/Zoom teaching?

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Thank you for taking the time to read this.  I do hope it helps someone!

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