Virtual Lesson Checklist

Nobody wants to spend precious lesson time hunting for a pencil or fiddling with settings when you could be playing beautiful pieces or impressing me with how fast you can play your scales. There are a few things you can do to make sure that you are well-prepared and will be able to get the most out of your virtual lesson.

Materials to have at the ready:

*      All your books: even if we didn’t get to you your theory book last week, make sure you have it ready! We might start with it this week…
*      The previous week’s practice plan—either printed out, or on a separate device than the one being used for the lesson
*      A sharpened pencil with an eraser
*      A back-up pencil with an eraser
*      A colored pencil
*      Sticker packs
*      A charger for the device
*      Headphones—preferably corded (blue tooth headphones introduce lag between the sound and picture or have noise suppression settings you can’t turn off)

To Help Your Signal

*      Turn off other programs on the device you’re using for the lesson

*      Make sure your space is well-lit

*      If possible, ask others in your home to limit their internet use during the lesson

*      Turn off HD Video (if on Zoom or Skype)

*      Turn off “Touch Up My Appearance” (If on Zoom)

*      If possible, move the router closer to the piano or use an ethernet cord

To Get the Best Sound Out of Zoom

Under Settings > Audio

*      Disable ‘Automatically Adjust Mic Volume’

*      Disable Stereo Sound

*      Click ‘Advanced’ button

*      Check the box for ‘Show in meeting option for Enable Original Sound’ from microphone and if possible, High fidelity music mode.

*      Disable both noise suppression options

*      At the top of the screen, next to the green shield, click on the text ‘Turn on Original Sound’

*      When it’s on the box will light up in blue and the text will read ‘Turn Off Original Sound’