How to take lessons online

How do I take online lessons?

There are three methods you can use to hold online lessons depending on your available equipment and services.

FaceTime

The first is using an Apple device to perform a FaceTime chat.  

Devices – Almost all Apple desktops, laptops, tablets or phones have the ability to make a FaceTime call.  

How to get it – FaceTime comes preloaded on MacOS and iOS.  

Why use it – FaceTime is usually quick, easy, and provides some of the best audio and video quality.

Skype

The second is Skype.  

Devices – Skype works on most Apple, Android, and Microsoft PC devices.  

How to get it – You can find links to the appropriate software for your device at skype.com.  You’ll need to create a Microsoft account if you don’t already have one.  

Why use it – Skype is the most universally accessible of these options.

Zoom

The third is Zoom.

Devices – Zoom works on most Apple, Android, and Microsoft PC devices.

How to get it – Visit zoom.us to find out how to download the software for your particular device.

Why use it – Zoom can allow multiple participants and screen sharing from the host, or the participants if the host allows.

How do I initiate an online lesson?

Initiating an online lesson is the same regardless of which of the above methods you choose.  

  1. Be sure that your device is fully charged.
  2. Make sure that you have your music, instrument, and other materials close at hand.
  3. Ready your device (desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone) five minutes before your lesson time.  
  4. Notify your teacher using TeacherZone chat that you are 
    1. Ready to start your lesson
    2. Which method you are using
    3. What your contact info is.  
  5. At your scheduled lesson time, your teacher will contact you according to your preferences and begin the lesson.

What if I my internet connection is not strong or stable enough for an online lesson?

In the case where you don’t have enough bandwidth to stream, you and your teacher can use the Assignment and Challenge system.  This is a system where your teacher will upload video assignments to TeacherZone for you to review on your own time, and when you feel you’ve mastered the material, you upload a video of you performing the assigned material (the “Challenge Video”) to your teacher using the chat function of TeacherZone.  This can work in cases when there’s not enough bandwidth for realtime video streaming.

If you still have additional questions about online lessons, please contact us.