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How to prepare for the First Online Live Lesson

Get ready to make the most out of PianoClass since your very first lesson.
 

What do you need?

A Piano

A well-tuned acoustic piano is the best, but an 88-keys digital keyboard can be used initially.

Stable Internet connection

Wire connect your computer directly to the internet provider router/modem. If you must use Wi-fi (not recommended), at least be sure there are no obstacles between the access point and your computer.

Visit https://speedtest.net website to test your connection.

At PianoClass, our results are:
ping: 2 ms || download: 900 Mbps || upload: 200 Mbps

We expect our student to have at least:
ping: below 40 ms || download: above 15 Mbps || upolad: above 10 Mbps

Computer

  • built-in or external webcam – and you may use more than one
  • external microphone USB will be the best option. We suggest using Blue Yeti or Fifine K669B. Your computer’s built-in microphone may be or not enough for music.

If necessary, you may use a tablet or, as a last resource, a smartphone. In this case, you must use wired earphones.

Earphones

Put on your earphones and play the piano. If you can clearly hear your own piano, your earphones are approved. Never use earphones with noise cancelation or that completely cover your ears.
Choose from

  • wired, preferably with a 3 meters cable extensor
  • or Bluetooth

Zoom

Intall, sign in and set it according to the How to use Zoom at PianoClass instructions on your computer and tablet/smartphone (to be safe).

Learning Material

Have all learning material sent by your teacher at hand. Be sure to have access to the Google Drive folder shared with you.

Digital

You may use a tablet with the Google Drive app and a PDF editor of your preference (such as the free option of Adobe Acrobat) to see and write on your sheet music and other materials.
Using a tablet also makes accessing other learning apps and orchestral accompaniment easier.
Remember to charge your device before each lesson.

Printed

Print the material shared with you on Google Drive and have a pencil, eraser, and extra paper at hand.
Be ready to print new material if needed during lessons and have the Google Drive at hand on your Smartphone as well.

 

How to position your devices?

Camera

Place your primary camera by the side of your piano so that we can see everything from your face to the upper part of your bench. It should be high enough to have the keyboard, your arm and hand movements, your back, and your neck visible.

If you have more than one camera, you may place one at the side of the piano to show some details of your hands or have it over the keyboard.

Monitor

As you wish. It would be better to have it in a place where you could see it even when playing the piano.

Microphone

Place your mic in a place it may acquire a balanced sound from the piano and your voice. You may test it with a friend, recording, or at the Technical Rehearsal with your teacher.

Lighting

Use as much light as possible! But be careful so the main light source

  • is behind the camera and never aiming at it
  • be at your side or in front of you and never behind you

 

Useful tips

  • Have your computer always plugged in and recharge your devices (including wireless earphones) the night before your lesson
  • Make sure that you can access Google Drive.
  • Always have a way to take notes during the lesson.
  • You are authorized to record your own personalized lesson to review it whenever you want.
  • Make sure there is no one or anything else using your local internet during your lesson (Yes, a family member watching Netflix does count).