Easy Online Lessons Setup

Here’s what you need to know: Online lessons are easy to set up, and they can work just as well as in-person lessons. 

 

Prepare Your Device

 

You already have the equipment you need to do online lessons. Basically, the music instructor just needs to be able to see and hear the student during the lessons. Your smart phone will work as a bare minimum, but bigger screens will work better, so if you have an iPad or a laptop, it would be strongly preferred.

For piano lessons, your device will need to be placed near the end of the piano so the instructor can see the student’s hands on the keys. It is preferred to be able to see the student’s face as well. So, you’ll need a stool or a small table to place your device on. You can simply do so by setting a dining room chair next to the end of the keyboard, then piling the chair with books to raise the height of the laptop. A bar stool would likely be close to the right height as well.

Here’s an example for the approximate spot you’ll need to place your device.

WhatsApp or Zoom are the software we prefer to use for online lessons. It’s free and easy to install on any device. For tablets or phones, just install either one from the app store for your device. For computers, visit https://zoom.us/download and click the big blue DOWNLOAD button at the top of the page. It will be labeled “Zoom Client for Meetings.” Once you’ve downloaded the file, double-click it to install it. That’s it. You’re ready.

When it’s time for the lesson to begin, the instructor will send you an email with a link to the online Zoom session. Click the link, and you’re in and ready to go.