I teach online via Zoom, Skype and Google Meet.  In addition, I ALWAYS have a fully-charged mobile phone for backup. Then, if there's a WiFi problem, we can work out a solution.  I give students and parents my phone number; if possible, please provide a number where the student can be reached during lessons.  

For an online lesson the student will need:

 

  • A PC, tablet, or mobile phone with a microphone and camera with Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet installed.

  • A reliable high speed internet connection

  • Lesson music, printed out or on a tablet

  • A pencil or an app for taking notes

  • A metronome or metronome app

  • An armless chair that enables the student to sit with feet flat on the floor

  • If possible, a music stand

  • For oboe players, a reed that has been soaking for 3-5 minutes

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Students and parents will receive a lesson reminder 48 hours before the lesson; that gives us time to reschedule if necessary.

 

I'll send the Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet link one hour before the lesson

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A few other pointers to enable the online lesson go smoothly:

  • It helps if the student sets up as closely as possible to the router in the home, particularly if we're having connectivity issues.

  • If we lose the connection, I will restart the meeting.

  • If either of us has technical difficulties that we cannot resolve quickly, e.g. if the WiFi fails, we'll reschedule the lesson.  If we're just a few minutes from the end of the lesson, we'll finish via phone.

  • If the student would like help with band or orchestra music, please scan it or take a photo of it and send it to me before the lesson.

  • 24-hour notice is required for cancelled lessons; otherwise, payment is still required. The only exception is for student illness; in that case, please notify me by the time of the lesson and we'll reschedule.
     

  • If an online lesson can't be completed because of a technical issue, e.g., if the WiFi fails on either end, the lesson will be rescheduled.
     

  • Payments for the lessons must be completed at the time of the lesson. I offer online billing and payments via Paypal.  If you prefer to mail a check, I need to receive it by the time of the lesson.