SET UP TIPS: ONLINE LESSONS
Are you ready for your online lesson?
Use this checklist to prepare and you'll have a better experience!
and your teacher will thank you 😉
(1) BEFORE + AFTER each lesson: DID YOU UPLOAD?
BEFORE: Written work - Workbook or Lesson book pages, theory assignments, composing, videos.
AFTER: The week’s lesson assignment notebook page (if you took notes).
(2) LESSON TIME
A quiet room & a quiet device
Remove background noise & distractions: NO video games, TV, phone conversations, radio, family members, etc.
TURN ON: “Do Not Disturb” in your device Notification Settings
TURN OFF or QUIT: Mail & Messaging (to prevent distracting pop up alerts, or background refresh interfering with wifi)
Have your materials ready!
All your music, notebook, metronome, AND pencil & highlighter.
(3) DEVICE POSITION
Student’s body, hands AND face need to be fully visible,
AND all the piano keys.
Ideal: off to the side & a little higher than the piano keys.
Like this ---- >>>>
✅ BEST set up: Use a tripod, mic stand, or boom arm, with an attachment to hold your device.
⚠️ If you don’t have a tripod or stand, find another tall location to set up beside the piano:
like a table, shelf, box, stack of books.
Make sure your device is resting on a soft surface - use a smooth, flat cloth or t-shirt. See why, next …
❌ Avoid direct contact with hard surfaces, especially metal or wood - including the surface of your piano!
Sound vibrations cause interference, distortions, and bad feedback effects. 😣
That means don’t use the edge of the piano = poor view AND bad vibrations.
Log in to the Zoom lesson with TWO devices (like laptop + iPhone) to show two different camera angles!
Try: 1 camera on the left, and 1 camera on the right, OR 1 camera from above, and 1 camera on the side.
MAKE SURE: you only connect to Zoom with audio from ONE device, to avoid bad audio feedback.
(4) AUDIO SETTINGS (Mac & iOS)
GO TO: System Preferences > Sound > UN-SELECT the box for “Use ambient noise reduction”
GO TO: Settings > Accessibility > HEARING > Audio/Visual > TURN OFF Phone Noise Cancellation
(5) ZOOM on Computer
GO TO: Settings > Audio > UN-SELECT the box for “ Automatically adjust microphone volume”
NEXT: in Audio > click the Advanced button > select the box “Show in-meeting option to Enable Original Sound from microphone”
MORE: in Audio > Advanced > Audio Processing - try adjusting the settings here (may require some experiments to find the best results):
AUTO or DISABLE: Suppress Persistent Background Noise
AUTO or DISABLE: Suppress Intermittent Background Noise
AUTO: Echo Cancellation
ZOOM on iPhone & iPad
GO TO: Settings > Meetings > scroll down: TURN ON “Use Original Sound”
(6) OPTIMAL DEVICE SPEED
Have a good battery charge, or plug in to a charger. (low battery = slow connection speed = bad Zoom)
Close large apps & programs - so things don’t run in the background and slow the wifi speed. ALSO: turn off Background App Refresh.
For WIFI: Ask household members NOT TO stream movies/music/video games or other large data activities on shared Wifi during your lesson time. It drains the Wifi strength, which means really slow Zoom connection & bad sound quality!
(7) TROUBLESHOOTING during a bad connection
Check if you already did the other things under Optimal Device Speed
Turn Zoom video OFF & ON.
Leave Zoom, and log back in (or also, quit the app and reopen it).
Turn your WIFI OFF & ON.
Restart your computer or device.
Try using a different device.
For persistent problems: read Internet Connection tips on the EQUIPMENT & TECH page for more things to try before next lesson.