Online Video Lessons

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Benefits of Online Lessons:

  • maximum convenience & scheduling flexibility in any time zone
  • teachers are able to see, hear, and comment on your musical equipment and setup, which can help make practicing significantly more effective 
  • students are able to work through a variety of online note-reading, music theory, and rhythm exercises under the teacher’s guidance via screen sharing, which greatly enhances the effectiveness of lessons and helps create a well-rounded learning experience

Tips for successful online music & art lessons:

Computer and Zoom Setup:

  • follow the Zoom technical requirements
  • update your device beforehand so that you are not interrupted during the lesson
  • preferably use a desktop or laptop computer (PC or MAC) with external USB microphone, external USB HD web camera, and external speakers or good quality headphones
  • position your microphone as close as possible to the student's head and instrument
  • avoid using phones, tablets and small earbuds
  • use the best internet connection available (wired connection preferred)
  • be sure to close other apps/processes that might take up bandwidth (downloads, audio/video streaming, social media, etc)
  • use Zoom Original Sound setting to enable a music lesson mode
  • use Zoom Screen Sharing and Whiteboard. The same button that allows screen sharing will give you the option for launching a shared whiteboard - very handy for drawing together on the screen!
  • use Zoom Chat feature to share links
  • use Zoom File Upload feature to share pre-recorded audio or video
  • avoid using Zoom "Virtual Background" feature
  • request a free Terra Sounds tech support call to improve your online lesson experience

General Setup and Lesson Tips:

  • set up your computer and instrument in a quiet space
  • have a notepad, staff paper and pencil ready for taking notes
  • it’s a good idea to share your phone number at the beginning of the session, so that you could regroup in case you get disconnected
  • be sure your setup is ready at least 10 minutes prior to the lesson
  • share your feedback and let us know if you have any suggestions for ways we can improve the experience