How to make online piano lessons work for you. The set-up, preparation and parental involvement.
For optimum video/ audio quality and screen size, laptop is the preferred device. If that is not available, tablet is also suitable. The worst device are phones due to small screen size.
Newer devices have better screen resolution, speakers and iOS.
Device should be up-to-date with software and Zoom updates.
Direct Ethernet connection is preferred for better internet strength, hence minimal lag. If not possible, WiFi can be used, but position the modem/ router as close the device as possible or use a signal booster.
Set up before the lesson starts, 5-10 minutes before the lesson start time. Sign in Zoom and check battery is adequately charged.
Check audio and video are enabled on Zoom.
Headphones improve audio quality and reduce echoes/ feedback loop.
Position device where both student and the keys are in view. You may need a tablet or laptop stand achieve the right angle.
Place books and pencil ready at the piano.
Space needs to be well lit with light from behind the camera.
Minimise background noise but notifying other household members or using separate room.
For child students: parents need to be on hand in case of technical problems.
Optional investments to improve the quality the teacher sees: webcam (Logitech C920), USB microphone (Blue Yeti).
The 3 big factors to make a great online piano lesson:
Great parents (if student is child)