Students often ask what they need to get started with online lessons, so here's a quick rundown of the basics!
Computer (or other device with camera)
A computer works best here as you can adjust sound settings on Zoom to make sure I can hear you (more on those settings here: https://musicbysarah.net/blog-faq/blog/optimal-zoom-settings-for-online-music-lessons. If you don't have a laptop available, a tablet or smartphone works too. You'll want to make sure you can set your device up hands-free so I can both see and hear you play.
This is pretty obvious for online lessons, but it's important! Tech issues happen and if for some reason it's not working on either end that day, I'll usually run a speed test to check my connection. We can always roll over to another day if tech is really not on our side!
Having your own instrument is key (pun intended)! Without an instrument you'll just have to watch me demonstrate, and you won't be able to practice on your own, which is crucial for your musical success. If you don't yet have an instrument, I'm happy to help assist in finding the right one for you for right now (factoring in budget, student age and ability, etc).
Books & sheet music
Since we're working online, you'll want a copy of everything we do in front of you too. I screen share quite a bit in lessons for activities, but sheet music and method books are copyrighted, so we'll each need our own copy. If your books aren't in yet for your first lesson, we may wish to wait until they arrive, so you're able to practice after class!
Sense of Humor
Okay, this isn't something you can buy, but we spend a lot of time laughing and playing during lessons. Play-based learning has been shown to be extremely effective, and I've personally seen the benefits in students who were losing interest in "traditional" methods that didn't involve much time for play and games. Bringing a sense of humor can help ensure you have fun while you're learning!
And that's it! Not a crazy long list, no major hurdles to learning online - so contact me today to start your musical journey!