Online singing lessons
Online lessons are just as good as in person lessons, they just take a bit more preparation and some patience.
To that end, I have created an online teaching portal through mymusicstaff, a web programme which allows music teachers a transparent and simple way of scheduling lessons, both online and in person. It has Skype connectivity, but can also be used to simply create schedules. You will receive an invitation from me to create a parent account through the system which will allow you to access a calendar which will have all my available teaching slots. You then sign up for one and voila, lesson is booked.
When it comes to the lesson time, the student needs to be ready and prepared to answer my call on whatever platform works for your household.
Online teaching works very well. The only snag is the fact that on every platform available (to my knowledge) there is no way of hearing sounds made at the same time. So I cannot play while the student sings.
Exercises will follow a call and response format – I show you the exercise and pitch and you repeat it back to me.
For songs you will need your backing tracks ready to go. This means having a separate means of playing sound from the computer that has the communication programme on it. So for online lessons to work, you will need:
A Computer with wifi or ethernet connection.
A communication programme such as Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime
An external mic (useful but not required)
A separate playback machine such as a phone or CD player with good speakers so you can play your accompaniment tracks.
It helps if the student stands far enough back that I can see at least their upper body so I can tell if they are breathing well. The playback device should be a little away from the communication device. Otherwise it will interfere. I will use hand gestures to indicate start and stop so that the extra sounds don’t knock the pick up off.