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FAQ

Online lesson FAQ

  1. How do online lessons work?

    Online lessons work very much the same as in-person lessons.  We'll schedule a time to meet each week using the video chat application you have on your computer/tablet OR directly on my website.  If you're a member of this site, you can access the Log In to Online Lessons page and sign in to our video classroom using your first name and the password I provide you with.

  2. What do I need to sign up for online lessons?

    • Computer OR Tablet - one that is portable or can be placed near the piano or keyboard.  If you're using a tablet, it must have the Skype or Google Hangouts app loaded so we can meet.
    • High speed internet - Cable or FIOS recommended for best video quality.  DSL is also fine, but just be aware that the video quality may not be the greatest.
    • Webcamera - at least 2 megapixels is best.  I have had a Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 for almost 2 years and it's been very reliable.
    • Optional* Headset with microphone - I have the Logitech ClearChat Pro USB Headset and have had no problems with it.  This is optional equipment but will be required if your piano/keyboard is in an area where there is a lot of background noise.
    • Piano or piano keyboard with at least 61 keys - a piano is always best but a keyboard is acceptable for the first year of study, especially if the student is very young.  A keyboard with touch sensitive keys will give the student a more realistic experience of practicing on a piano.  A keyboard is also a good option if you're trying to gauge your child's interest level in piano.
    • Music books - I will need to know about the student's musical background so I can select the materials that we'll use for lessons.  Once I recommend the books that we'll use you can order them from your local music store, or online.  If you're interested in ordering books online I highly recommend Amazon.com as they have the best selection, superb customer service and fast shipping.
  3. How do I pay for online lessons?

    Payments for lessons are due prior to the start of the lesson.  You can pay for online lessons weekly through the Pay for Piano Lessons page, or send a check or money order in the mail to me.

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