Art and music classes go online in Vietnam due to coronavirus concerns


As authorities ban large gatherings and all non-essential businesses, including gymnasiums, some Vietnamese art teachers have started giving their classes online.

Bellydance teacher Than Ngoc Ha Van has moved all of her classes online since early March. With just a laptop connected to the internet and a large screen TV, she can interact with up to eight students per lesson via Zoom video calling.

Van conducts his classes from his dance studio, showing his students dance moves and asking the students, who follow through their smartphones or laptops, to practice.

We give the lessons online at the same time as the lessons in the dance studio, the students will practice with the instructor and I can watch how they dance to adjust their movements.

“Online teaching is very convenient for instructors and students because we can teach the course anywhere. Van said.

For some classes, Van pre-records his dance moves and broadcasts the live video footage to Facebook to his students, and the students record their dance moves to send them back to Van for comment.

Not all online courses can run smoothly.

Vietnamese traditional music teacher To Minh Cuong gives his singing lesson to students via Facebook Messenger video call on his smartphone and admits he prefers the traditional teaching method.

“Studying directly in the classroom is easier because I only need to show students once or twice how to sing a long line from the lyrics, but with online studies like this, due to the slowness Internet connection, I have to sing each short line of the lyrics about four times for them to practice the song, ”Cuong explained from a classroom where he was holding an online“ xam ”singing lesson, a form of Vietnamese traditional music.

Vietnam has recorded 169 cases of COVID-19 infection, and authorities have taken steps to curb its spread.

All shopping malls, restaurants, bars and gyms, except those that provide food and basic needs, will be closed until at least April 15.

Gatherings of more than 20 people have also been banned.


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