Consider your video feed to be your window into the student’s home. Beyond the crucial lighting component (aforementioned), is the actual video camera used and any multi-camera arrangements, if needed.

First, consider your topic and lesson type in order to decide if a multi-camera set up is necessary. In addition to or in lieu of an additional camera, screen sharing is a useful tool, sometimes critical to explaining important information and concepts. 

Classes for voice, flute, music history and appreciation, and digital production, for example, may only require one camera. In this case, the built-in computer camera may very well suffice. Using screen sharing to show music examples and your DAW screen will be important additions to your class workflow.

Instruments like piano, guitar, upright bass, cello, and drums may necessitate the use of a second camera to deliver the best experience to students. 

Thankfully, setting up a two camera experience is easy! For a brief and very helpful tutorial on setting up Multi Camera Meetings in Zoom, follow this link included. In the tutorial, you will learn how to use your default built-in computer camera as well as any external device (or exclusively external devices) both individually and simultaneously. 

There are countless camera options available from $25 to around $100, many of which come with a flexible mounting device for tabletop use.