A laptop/desktop computer or tablet is recommended. A smartphone screen is too small for the student's viewing screen. The chosen device should be set on a tripod, a table, or stacks of books so that the teacher can see the full side view of the student.
Hardwiring to the internet using an ethernet cable will give you a better connection than Wi-Fi during online lessons. If using a strictly WiFi connection, try to have other family members stay off the internet while the student is taking the lesson for the best connection.
Wearing headphones for online lessons can improve audio clarity and avoid interference/echoes.
Currently, all online lessons are given on Zoom. Make sure the platform is up to date and turn on the "original sound" setting.
When used, the external microphone can help the teacher to hear the true sound of the student's performance. Make sure it's set up properly so it pickled up the true acoustic sound.
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The teacher will contact the student at pre-arranged lesson time via an online platform such as Zoom, Facetime, Google Duo, etc. If the lesson is on Zoom, the meeting link will be sent by the teacher before the first lesson and will remain the same. Gather the materials and be ready to start the lesson on time.
The specifics of the books and the repertoire will be discussed before the first lesson begins. Books (printed or digital copy), pencils, and the metronome will be needed at every lesson.
Online lessons aren't much different than in-studio lessons. The student is expected to practice the assigned materials from the previous week's instructions and attend lessons well-prepared.
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