Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re about to have a flute lesson online. Preparing before an instrumental music lesson online can help you get the most out of your lesson time.
- Depending on your platform, you may need to have Google Chrome as your web browser (download here).
- OR let me know your Skype username. You’ll find me at lisaflutevt – so send me a request – though I’ll only accept the request after I know you’re interested in a lesson and recognize your name.
- You may wish to test your internet speed at http://www.speedtest.net/ – hopefully this will be a download speed of at least 6 mbps or so (though I believe it’s workable -though not ideal – even at 1.0 or so – and if it’s over 10 that’s really good. Unless it’s over 15-20, make sure all other devices that may use the internet are off. Also, plugging directly in with the cable can help tremendously.
- I find it sometimes helps to restart the computer a bit before the lesson – occasionally there’s some sort of glitch, and this can be a good prevention.
- I like to do lessons standing up, so please position the computer to the right height for standing.
- Have your flute and sheet music set up and ready to go, with a music stand also set up near the computer at standing height.
- Have a glass of water handy! Flute playing can be thirsty work – and flute tone can be impacted by dry mouth.
- Make sure there are no other food or drinks during the lesson. I recommend brushing teeth before your lesson to help ensure the longevity of your flute pads (in addition to cleaning your flute right after every lesson or practice).
- It’s great if you have headphones – some students seem to do fine without – but I find them helpful. For the first lesson, no worries if you don’t have them. If there is an additional person listening in, perhaps an interested parent, you may wish to have a headphone jack splitter.
- Let me know ahead of time about any music you’d like to use at the lesson. I own a great deal of flute music, and am regularly purchasing additional new music, and much that I do not own can be acquired through online download. In some cases, it’s permissible to scan your music in and email it to me as a PDF attachment. With online lessons, we will each need a copy of the music (unless it’s something we have memorized or that you’re learning by ear) – so communication on this is essential.
- It’s also a good idea to check with a repair technician to make sure your flute is in good repair. With online lessons I can’t simply pick up your flute and try it myself to ensure that it’s working properly – so do be sure you know who’s recommended in your area and have annual check-ups as well as someone to check in with when something seems to not be quite right.
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