As well as in-person, I also teach lessons online using Zoom or FaceTime.
Online lessons can take place at your home, work, school - in fact, anywhere that you have a device and an internet connection. Providing your connection is okay, then in most instances you will soon forget that it is an online lesson at all!
Here are some of the most common questions I get asked regarding online lessons:
What do I need in terms of equipment?
I will happily run through your equipment specifications via email before the initial lesson, but generally, you will need:
A computer / iPad / phone with webcam and microphone (internal is fine), speakers, water, and pen and paper.
Do I need an expensive microphone?
Absolutely not. These days most laptops, phones and tablets have good enough microphones to support Zoom lessons.
But I don't know anything about tech!
Don't worry; I do! I will happily run through your equipment specifications via email before the initial lesson, and will be on hand to problem-solve throughout.
I'm worried about my internet connection...
If possible, have the lesson take place in the room closest to the internet router. If we still experience problems, it may be necessary for you to purchase a cheap ethernet cable, so that you can plug your computer directly into the router box.
How do I pay you?
Once we have a lesson booked in, I will send you a Paypal payment link where you can make a secure payment ahead of the lesson. You don't need a Paypal account for this. Remember that lessons cancelled or rearranged with less than 24 hours notice will be charged at the full rate.
Can you play piano at the same time as I sing?
This is one of the limitations of online lessons - however I use a combination of backing tracks and 'listen and repeat' to ensure you are still able to sing along to music, whilst also working on important ear training skills.
I don't have Zoom!
Zoom is available as a free download here. It's simple to navigate and easy to use, plus I can help you with any technical issues. I can also video call you on FaceTime if you have an Apple device.