Why Online Lessons?
Online lessons are a great way of receiving instructions from your music teacher while keeping social distancing. This way you will continue learning and preparing for exams or new songs.
Who will benefit?
Online lessons are best for students who have a solid ability to read notes or have a companion that can assist with corrections.
All paricipants receive an extra 10 minutes per class to handle any information exchange, technology difficulties and extra time to manage communications. Your 30 minute lesson has just become 40 minutes! (Alternatively we will reduce your lesson bill by $5/lesson during this time)
How to participate in lessons?
To participate in online lessons, follow the simple instructions to set yourself for online lessons.
1. Download the Zoom conferencing client for your operating systems:
- Apple Mac: https://zoom.us/client/latest/Zoom.pkg
- Windows: https://zoom.us/client/latest/ZoomInstaller.exe
Only if not possible to join using a laptop, you may use an Apple iOS/iPadOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) or Android (Tablet/Phone). This should only be used as last resort due to Zoom's audio issues on these devices
- Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id546505307
- Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings
2. Launch Zoom on your device, and change this option to enable "Original Sound": https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115003279466-Preserve-Original-Sound
3. Receive the 9 or 10 digit Zoom code from the school after scheduling. This number can be used for multiple lessons.
4. Setup your notebook or tablet so that the teacher can see you and your instrument (ie. keys or your violin), and also hear you/instrument
5. At your designated time, join the meeting by launching the application on your device, then enter the 9-digit conference code, then join the audio on your device and turn on video (bottom left icons on your application).
- do NOT join more than 1 minute before your designated time due to time limits
- parents with young learners: please be present during the entire session as you will be required to assist
- materials for the lesson may be sent by email or during the screen session, as it is an interactive session
- make sure when you join, click on the "Mute" and "Start Video" so that there are no red slashes across the icons. The arrow button beside the audio/video allows you to select which audio input you have.
5. Enjoy the lesson!
For a video tutorial on how to set up Zoom, please watch Anne Crosby Gaudet's tutorial on using Zoom for online lessons:
Troubleshooting Poor Audio/Video Quality
- Ensure you are using the Zoom application, and not in the web browser. When you click the Zoom join link, it launches the web browser that helps you open the application. If your application does not open, launch it yourself and enter the 9 or 10-digits at the end of the URL (eg. https://www.zoom.us/j/555123888 - then your meeting pin is 555123888)
- Use your webcam, external microphone or wired headset (NOT gamer or teleconferencing headset due to the unidirectional microphone picking up your mouth only) nstead of the computer mic. Microsoft Computers that have great conference microphones include Macbook and Microsoft Surface or Lenovo ThinkPad series notebooks; however, you may need the extra help.
- Blue Snowball: https://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=35_920_921&item_id=102818
- Logitech 720P or above webcams
- Microsoft 720P or above webcams
- Test your connection (try https://www.fast.com) and ensure you have at least 10Mbps download and 3Mbps upload
Further troubleshooting from Zoom.us for audio quality: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/sections/200319096-Audio