The verdict is in: piano lessons online have been a huge success for most people! Our online piano teachers and students have been surprised by how productive, reassuring, and enjoyable virtual lessons can be. If you want to prepare for the best piano lessons online, enrol in Mela Music School's "Online Piano Classes." Music lessons are available both online and in person.
The following information will help you rock your online piano classes. However, if you only have time to read one thing, we recommend that you hold your lesson in a very quiet room!
What device(s) to use?
The bigger the screen, the better, though older laptops aren't preferable.
External microphones/webcams/headphones/headsets can significantly improve sound and visual quality.
A Bluetooth speaker for music can also be very useful, but you may need a second device/phone to play things.
So far, Zoom is the best conference app we've found. Many other products (such as Facebook/Facetime/Google Hangouts) are not up to the mark. It is completely free, so give it a shot!
If you're using Zoom on a laptop or PC, download the program instead of using the web browser. (Under the Resources tab, select "Download Zoom Client.")
Have difficulty hearing or being heard?
For conferencing, audio can be tricky, especially if everyone is using their built-in microphone and speakers. Here are a few pointers:
Ensure your student is in a quiet room.
Conference software can only broadcast one sound at a time and chooses the most audible sound in either room. Noise that appears quiet on your end—fans, shuffling papers, or walking around—is much louder on a microphone than in person; it will end up being the only thing heard on either end.
Have your student put on earbuds/headphones.
Earbuds/headphones make your online piano classes more effective. This reduces the noise coming from your speakers, which can interfere with the microphone. If you still want to listen in, ask your teacher to record the lesson and send you a copy, or try using a separate set of earbuds.
When you can't hear the teacher, mute your own audio.
Again, loud noises on your end will fade your teacher's voice. This is something your teacher can do as well.
Try "preserving original sound" (it may only work on a laptop)
Go to "audio" in the settings menu. Next, click "advanced" in the right-hand corner and turn on: "Show in-meeting option to 'Enable Original Sound' from microphone." Finally, click the Turn on Original Sound menu item in the top right corner of the meeting to see if it improves things for you and your teacher.
Have trouble seeing or being seen?
Before your lesson, set up the camera. Ask your teacher about where they would like to be placed.
Place your camera in the spot where your teacher would normally sit. The head level is most likely ideal.
Make use of bright lighting. Webcams are still not very good in low light, so making things as bright as possible can be extremely helpful.
Having problems with the delay?
Even with the fastest internet connections, the delay is an unfortunate inevitability. However, if it's particularly bad, here are a few workarounds.
Check your internet connection. If possible, try switching to a different WiFi network or moving your router closer.
Restart your device or the program you're using if required.
You can work around it. Teachers and students will not be able to play together at the same time in online piano classes. It's probably impossible without quantum teleportation, which is still decades away!
Here are a few other solutions:
Make a recording of your teacher playing a duet part so your student can play along later.
Allow your student to play the song they're working on through a speaker in your home there is a learning curve here, but with some patience and a little bit of work, we can all come out of our closets with a wealth of new musical skills in no time. so you can both hear it and your teacher can see how you're progressing.
There is a learning curve here, but with some patience and a little bit of work, we can all come out of our closets with a wealth of new musical skills in no time. so you can both hear it and your teacher can see how you're progressing.