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).


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.


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.

Get the most out of all these tips - learn more on the EQUIPMENT & TECH page!

(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”


  • 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.



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