Optimizing Online Lessons

Read through carefully prior to starting online lessons

Devices for Video Calling

Primary Device Options

  • Any smart phone, tablet, laptop, computer etc. in good working condition with access to FaceTime, Skype, Zoom or Google Hangouts

Optional Second Device

  • For playing backing tracks, opening sheet music/lyrics or recording your voice

 

Internet & Preventative Measures

  • Firstly, don't worry if something doesn't go perfectly as we will work out glitches together! Please be sure to test a location with reliable internet before starting your lessons by doing a thorough test video call in the area where you are planning to have your online lessons to make sure your internet connection is strong and reliable. Also test that your audio (speakers/headphones and microphone) are working properly.

  • Close any extra programs you are running on your device so the only thing running is your video call. Also make sure no one else on your WiFi is streaming/doing anything that would contribute to poor internet connection. If you need to restart your WiFi router, this is the perfect time to do it!

  • Though not required, a back up device, headphones, another video calling platform (Skype vs. FaceTime) and a separate internet source (WiFi vs. cellular data) are all good to have handy during your lesson if we ever need a quick fix if that is a reasonable option for you.

Audio​​​

  • Wearing headphones or a single earbud during your lessons can help me hear you more clearly as it helps you from cutting out if I accompany you during parts of your lesson.   

  • A simple external microphone can help me hear you more clearly. If I have any issues hearing you during your lesson, I may recommend you set one up if you have not already. A headphone & microphone set up is always optimal.

  • Check to see if your device and video call platform automatically adjust your volume. We want original sound for your lessons so opt to not have any automatic adjustments in your sound settings. If this is something you are not familiar with, no worries as I will guide you through this at the beginning of your lesson. 

Set Up​​​

  • Standing is optimal when singing. Aim to set up your device so you can stand up straight and not have to bend down to look at it.

  • Make sure your device is charged up or plugged in for your lesson.

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