Sound quality: A computer with a camera and microphone are enough to get us started. Make sure to minimize any background noises, including fans, noisy family members or pets!.
Video quality: The biggest way to improve video quality is to use a wired connection rather than wireless. If your router is in another room, just use a long ethernet cable. Also make sure no one else in your house is streaming or downloading at the same time.
Raise your video device so that it’s approximately chest level, and 3-4 feet from where you’re standing.
For laptops, you might need some kind of stand (stack a couple of books if needed). For tablets, a music stand is ideal (not the same one your music is on). Basically, you want your teacher to be able to see your full upper body.
Make sure the camera isn’t pointed at the ceiling, and that you’re not standing in front of a bright window.
If you’re reading from printed music, place the stand to the LEFT side of the camera. Your right side (and the violin f-holes) will face the camera (as though the camera is your audience).
Getting ready for your lesson
Please set up and log in a few minutes early so you are ready to go when I finish with my previous student.
Parents of primary school aged students should attend the full lesson just as they would at my academy. In addition to taking good notes, you’ll be helping your child with their posture and understanding my instructions.
Materials: Students should prepare as they would for an in-person lesson, including trimming fingernails and tuning.
For tuning violin you can use special devices or apps like Tunable (for iOS), Tune T1 (for Android) and etc. Have all materials ready to go, including a pencil.
Music: If our previous lesson was ‘in-person’, please send me copies of the music that we will work on in the online lesson.
Please print the notes I send you between the lessons.
Record your practice activities and minutes each day to keep track of your progress.