Online and In Person Music Lessons

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Private music lessons online or in person, or a combination of both.

Learning an instrument doesn’t have to involve a commute!

Due to COVID, we taught fully online until June 2021, and while we’re excited to get back into the lesson rooms with our students, we’re also keeping the online option permanently! 

Whether you’re taking lessons with us from another state, or you just want the option of shifting a lesson online via Zoom when you’re feeling under the weather, we think you’ll love the convenience of lessons being offered both online and in person.

Please be aware that while all of our teachers do offer online lessons, there are a few who will be online only, and won’t be teaching in person. You’ll have the opportunity to choose in person or online in the signup process, which will help us choose your teacher – but it’s okay to change your mind later!  

What You’ll Need

(Tips to make sure your online lessons are smooth and productive)

The Zoom video conferencing client
Schools and groups across the world are moving to Zoom, and it’s a fantastic tool! You can access your music lesson through a browser at but the downloaded client gives more audio and video options — so please take the time to download the Zoom client on your device and create an account (the free account should be fine for your lessons).

Note: a laptop or desktop computer is best if possible, since it offers the “original sound” option, but phones and tablets will work too!

Your teacher will be able to share their screens, so you can easily follow along with any music or apps they may be using.

Your own instrument and tuner

If you don’t have your own instrument yet, your teacher can give you suggestions on which brands to buy or avoid, and any supplies you might need. First, read the pages on each instrument here on this site, and if you still have gear questions, email us and we’ll help!

For string instruments, you’ll also need a tuner (there are smartphone apps that do this if you don’t have a physical one).

Drum students can use a practice pad if they don’t have a full kit.

A laptop, tablet, or smartphone with audio and video capability

A phone can be used for lessons, but a tablet is better – and a laptop or desktop is best. We don’t know how long this isolation will last, so we recommend getting a good setup to make sure that your human-to-human connections (with everybody, not just music lessons!) are as good as they can be.

A separate webcam isn’t required, but if you have one, it’s nice to have a wider view, especially in drum or piano lessons. Did you know that some phones can be used as webcams? Droidcam, an app from the Google Play store, works well on android phones, and costs only $4.99 for the paid version.

A separate USB microphone, like the Blue Snowball, can also significantly improve sound, but isn’t required.

Things to Know About Zoom Lessons

About online latency

No matter how fast your connection is, there’s a short time delay between you and the teacher, making it tricky to play along together at the same time. This means online lessons will have more of a back-and-forth feel. Your teacher will play/sing first while you listen, then you’ll play/sing. The teacher will watch and listen, then give feedback and work on improvements — and repeat. It’s important for students to allow the teacher to finish speaking before jumping in and playing on their side!

Use plenty of front lighting.

Too much backlight will throw off a camera’s light sensor and make you look very dark, so try to position the camera where your face and instrument can be seen, with light on your front side, rather than behind you. If it’s possible to face a window, that can be a great source of natural light!

For piano, a side view is best so the teacher can see your hands, posture, and keyboard. 


Internet speed is super important!

Your internet connection will be the most important factor in having a smooth lesson. If it’s convenient, try to connect your laptop or computer directly to your modem with an ethernet cable – or if you’re on wifi, get as close to your router as you can. If your connection isn’t great, make sure no one else in your household is downloading huge files at the same time.

If your connection seems slow, check the walls between you and your router. Some walls are thicker than others, and kitchen walls – (especially those with microwaves or other appliances) tend to be more insulated and block wifi. The closer, more direct path between you and your router, the better the lesson will be! Also note that certain things in your house, like bluetooth devices, baby monitors, microwaves, and others can interfere with 2.4GHz band signals, so if your router offers it, you might also get better speed by switching to a 5GHz connection.

Turn off 'Auto-Adjust Mic,' and turn on 'Original Sound'

Here’s a quick tutorial showing exactly where to find these settings!

How will I get into the Zoom room?

You can find our teacher’s Zoom URL in the email reminders sent to you 48 hours before each lesson, or you can log into the Student Portal at the top of this page and find today’s lesson. There should be a link to the Zoom room there as well. Once you’ve been in the Zoom room once, your device should save it, so you’ll be able to just choose the room from a drop-down menu in your Zoom client from there on out.