Sunday, August 23, 2020 by Jose Quesada | Lessons
It is common for students to take online lessons more casually. When taking lessons, dress up accordingly and spend some time preparing. 30 minutes before the lesson begins, clean up your space, connect your devices, check your internet connection on speedtest.net, and locate all your materials. When possible, make sure you have a private and quiet place to take your lesson. If you have some time left, spend it warming up or going over your homework assignment. At the time of the lesson be ready to call or receive a call on time. During the lessons behave appropriately as you would do in an in-person lesson.
Performing live over the internet is challenging. Teachers rely on the quality of the internet connection and the audio settings to have an accurate listening of the composition. Instead of planning to perform online, record your homework assignment and send it to your teacher beforehand. In the case of theory assignments, you can take and send pictures of your homework.
The ideal online lesson will have two digital pianos and two computers connected over the internet via ethernet cable. On top of that, students and teachers may enhance the audio quality with microphones and headphones or speakers. While that is the ideal setting, the setup can be stressful for the student. Being emotionally stable is more profitable than having the right equipment. A happy student with a cell phone will learn better than a stressed student with the ideal setting. Use the electronic device and the video call system that makes you feel more comfortable.
If you want to go an extra mile to improve your lesson experience, know that your internet connection is the most impactful factor. Check your internet connection before each lesson using speedtest.net. Check which electronic devices get connected better to the internet. When possible get closer to your router or improve your connection with an ethernet cable or a wireless range extender.
It is important that students and teachers are able to hear each other clearly. Use headphones or speakers to improve the sound that comes out of your electronic device and use external microphones to improve the sound you are sending to your teacher. Depending on the video call system that you use, you may take additional steps to improve the sound quality.
In all circumstances keep your goals at hand. If your goal is to have fun and enjoy music, keep the settings simple and enjoy each minute of your lesson. If your goal is to earn achievements or awards at a more professional level, invest in improving your audio settings and your internet connection.
A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 NKJV