SKYPE LESSONS

 


Skype lessons can be invaluable if one lives at a distance from their teacher.    

Skype piano lessons online are like regular one-to-one lessons, face-to-face with a teacher, except with Skype piano lessons online, the teacher and student are face-to-face through Skype video calls.

 

Online lessons may be convenient and cost saving. Students enrolled in online lessons qualify to participate in the annual Guild Auditions as well as one of our annual recitals either in Fredericksburg, Kerrville, or San Antonio, Tx.



Suggestions to prepare for lessons:

Once your lesson or schedule of lessons has been arranged, you will simply need to set up your laptop, webcam or iPad by your piano or keyboard so your playing can be clearly seen and heard.

 

- Before class, write in the measure numbers and any particular fingering in order to make the lesson more efficient.

  1. -You will receive your assignment and comments sheet via email after each weekly lesson.

- Familiarize yourself with Skype and your equipment before your lesson. Make sure the cameras are positioned optimally, practice changing between screens. A trial call with a friend can reduce spending valuable lesson time on troubleshooting technical difficulties.

- Check the time difference, if applicable, to ensure you are punctual. Entering the lesson time in one’s electronic calendar with the teacher’s time zone is a foolproof way of calculating the local time (and any changes due to daylight saving etc).

-       If necessary,  teacher may request you to record yourself performing a piece and uploading the video to YouTube (as a private link) for review.

-      You can also use a video or third-party program to record the lesson for your own personal study. Some students recommend Pamela for Skype; Call Recorder is my preferred application.

  1. -     Necessary books will be available for purchase at Amazon.com or HalLeonard.com

  2. -      Video-conference lessons will require broadband or 4G internet service and preferably at least a tablet with a self powered speaker connected. The tablet should be positioned so the teacher can see the student at the piano esp. hands and feet.  The student will also need to see the teacher.  This lesson time will need to be guarded from typical family/sibling interactions/interruptions. The powered speaker will allow the student to hear the teacher while playing the piano. Scheduling will still need to be strictly adhered to.  Payment will be via website and most credit card-providers. 


For registration information contact Mr or Mrs Anderson at the phone or email address on the “Contact Us” page.


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