Zoom is the standard for meeting remotely at JHU, and by extension at both the Peabody Conservatory and Preparatory. Your instructor may conduct online 1-1 lessons, meetings, office hours, or classes using Zoom. Your faculty should let you know when those sessions will be, and the link to the sessions will be shared with you.
The first time you open a Zoom meeting link on your device, you will be prompted to download the Zoom client. The Zoom app is available for Mac, PC, iOS, and Android, and works quite well across all of these platforms.
After this first-use download and installation of Zoom, any time you open a Zoom meeting link from your instructor the meeting room should open automatically.
Conservatory students automatically receive a Licensed (Pro) account through central JHU IT by visiting https://jhubluejays.zoom.us.
For Preparatory parents and students, this useful set of tips (or this screenshot of those same tips) will help you and your child navigate online learning for the first time, and give you some tips to improve your experience in general. Please login to your Zoom clients via individual login. A Basic, free account will allow you to participant fully in your lessons and classes.
By default, Zoom is optimized for human speech and the associated frequency range and volume levels. Peabody’s Guide to Using Zoom in “Music Mode” outlines the settings you can change to tip the scales towards optimizing for the dynamic range of music. The PDF guide contains a Quick Start Guide, along with detailed instructions and screenshots to help you along the way.
Two important notes:
For an additional resource, you can watch a tutorial for students on preserving original audio on your Mac/PC from The Royal Academy of Music.
For more resources and links related to using Zoom in general, please see the JHU Zoom Support resource: https://uis.jhu.edu/zoom/students/
IT@Peabody is always available to help. Contact IT@Peabody via https://servicedesk.peabody.jhu.edu.
Zoom’s website states that 1.8 Mbps is sufficient to join a Zoom call successfully. Community experience, and articles like this one, dictates that the bare minimum is 3 Mbps. These speeds would provide for basic participation, and perhaps only one-way video. As long as a student has at least mid-range DSL or faster internet, Zoom should work well.
Some general guidelines:
Students with concerns should notify their faculty. A variety of alternative resources may be provided for download via OneDrive (for all students) or Blackboard (for Conservatory students). In conjunction with audio calls, alternative learning methods could be applied until in-person teaching is once again available. The faculty at Peabody have access to resources and staff who can help craft experiences that will work for each student and their available technology.
Here are the most frequent questions we get about Zoom: