Continuing with the 2020-2021 academic year, we're pleased to be able to offer a variety of non-traditional lessons utilizing teleconferencing via Zoom, Pre-Recorded Feedback/Correspondence lessons and Video Lessons.

Why consider a non-traditional, technology enhanced lesson?

  • greater flexibility for busy parents ~ Sometimes the only reason that a student can't make a given lesson time is lack of transportation. Parents/transportation providers have long commutes that don't allow enough "turn around time" to make it home & then to the studio, or they have to run other siblings to other events, or they simply need time at home to organize meals, childcare and other household matters. An online lesson may be the solution!
  • more options for health concerns ~ Sometimes a student may have a cough,sniffles,or has missed school due to a fever/tummy ache that has broken during the day and doesn't want to share potential germs (which we appreciate as we do have to share our instrument with lots of student fingers :) If the student is feeling up to it, an online lesson which doesn't require as much energy as packing up books and getting to the studio may be the solution!
  • no travel risk for those inevitable snow days and inclement weather days ~ An online lesson with no need to travel the roads may be the solution! 
Any lesson time on the calendar can be used as an online lesson!
For the Fall Semester ALL Lessons will be online distance lessons as we navigate this pandemic season.

How it works

Live Online Lessons

  1. At the scheduled lesson time, log into Zoom with our personal meeting ID. For your convenience, this will be included in your lesson reminder email each week. Please have your computer online and set up where your webcam can see you playing the piano.  (Please note, a phone set on your music rack is NOT the best way for us to see you perform - ideally a laptop with a webcam or an ipad that can be set to the side of the keyboard is best.) You will also need to have all your music, books & supplies handy and nearby in order to make the most of our lesson time together. 
  2. It is helpful if other distractions in your piano room are kept to a minimum during the lesson time so that we will be able to effectively hear & see each other.
  3. Band width is important to the success of an online lesson. Please be sure you have a strong wifi signal near your piano and that as much as possible, other family members refrain from streaming and video-conferencing simultaneously with your lesson time.
  4. At the end of each online lesson, I will send lesson notes with assignments and what we covered, just like we do for in studio lesson.

Pre-Recorded Lessons

Sometimes a live lesson isn't possible due to the student's unavailability at the scheduled lesson time (i.e. a doctor's appointment or an after school meeting.) On these rare occasions, there is usually enough notice that the student can record their pieces in advance and send them to me via YouTube, Dropbox, Google docs or email. Video recordings are preferred so that I can watch hand position & arm movement, but audio recordings are also acceptable.
  1. Record your pieces that we're working on at your lesson. Upload your recording and send me the link. (Preferably 24 hours in advance.)
  2. During your scheduled lesson time, while you're doing whatever other appointment has taken you away from lessons for the day, I will watch and listen to your recordings. I will write my lesson notes, suggestions and directions for you and email them to you as usual.

Video Lessons

Sometimes a student gets sick at the last minute or has an emergency that prevents them from swapping lessons, recording their pieces or being available for a lesson at all. On those rare times, the teacher will record a short video lesson, demonstrating a new piece or technique and or working on a new theory concept or learning objective. Instructions will be included in the video and any necessary files or materials will be emailed as attachments. The video lesson package will be emailed to students just like the usual lesson notes. During the week, the student is to view the video and complete the assignment so that practice and progress can continue even when we've been unable to connect for a traditional lesson.