I teach online via Zoom, FaceTime and Skype.  Although Zoom is the most popular, I've found that Skype works a bit better for woodwind instruments. If students and their parents are more comfortable using Zoom, there are a couple of settings that we can adjust for better sound quality

For an online lesson you will need:


  • A PC, tablet, or mobile phone with a microphone and camera. Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime should be installed on this device.

  • A reliable high speed internet connection

  • Your music, printed out or on a tablet

  • A pencil or an app for taking notes

  • A metronome and tuner

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

Whenever possible, I'll send you (parent and student) a text message a few minutes before your lesson starts, just to double-check that you're ready to go.


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

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

  • It also helps if no one else in your household is streaming videos or playing games during your lesson.  

  • If we lose the connection, hang up.  I will call you back.

  • 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 mobile phone.

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

I reduce the fee for online lessons because there are a few issues that we just can't address online.  For example, with the current technology, there is no way that we can play duets. (I expect that to be developed soon; musician teachers are clamoring for it.) And obviously, I can't adjust oboe reeds online! But I do provide reed-making instruction online and can show you how to adjust your own reeds.

Fees for online lessons

One 1-hour online lesson: $65

Eight 1-hour online lessons: $480

One 1/2-hour online lesson: $40

Eight 1/2-hour online lessons: $280


  • 24-hour notice is required for cancelled lessons; otherwise, payment is still expected. 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 and Venmo.  If you prefer to mail a check, I need to receive it by the time of the lesson.


My studio is in Dedham, MA, convenient to Routes 1, 95, and 128. There is ample on-street parking.

Call or email for the location.

I provide online instruction via Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime.

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