Some of our teachers offer online video chat lessons. These lessons utilize hardware and software that allow us to conduct a lesson over the internet. Students can learn from home, while receiving the same high-quality lessons you've come to expect at our on-site facilities and from our teachers.
The following are the requirements and prerequisites for these lessons.
A laptop or mobile device (tablet, phone with large screen) with a built-in or external camera, microphone, and speakers
A reliable high-speed internet connection
One of the following apps, depending on the teacher and your setup: Skype, Google Hangouts, Google Duo Messenger, Zoom, or Facetime. All of these are free.
Have studied your instrument in-person for at least one year, and have attained a level where physical manipulation of the hands by the teacher is no longer necessary
Has reached a level of maturity where the hardware and software is not a distraction from the actual lesson
Can set up in a quiet area with your instrument, free of outside noise and distractions for the lesson duration
Even with online lessons, there may be times where we ask the student to come for an in-person lesson. This could be for a variety of reasons, including recital preparation, or to work on a particularly challenging skill or piece. Being geographically available for an occasional in-person lesson will be helpful, but is not required.
If you have any questions or are wondering about your child's readiness for online video chat lessons, please be in touch with our office.