A few guides to get you started with Skype, FaceTime or Zoom (to follow).

Guidance on using iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with FaceTime

Use FaceTime with your Mac

To get the most of your Skype or FaceTime music lesson it’s worth spending time on some preparations!

  • Make sure you set up your laptop or tablet in a communal room with a good WiFi signal
  • Test your sound and video before the lesson starts and generally warm-up so that this does not eat up your lesson time!
  • Turn on lights to ensure a clear image for your teacher
  • Have all your music ready
  • Download a metronome app like this and have it ready
  • Have a pencil handy for marking up your music
  • Only one person can speak or play at one time. If your teacher raises their hand they may wish you to stop so they can speak

In the new online teaching situation we may often share music with you via this website, often with backing tracks. It would be very helpful if you could sometimes scan and email a link to music we don’t have. This may include piano parts or a some piece that we don’t have in our collection.

One of the easiest solutions is to use the free service, Dropbox, available here – https://www.dropbox.com/install

You can also download the app for your phone which will enable you to quickly scan pages of music, upload the music and send a link to us. Look for Dropbox in the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android)

How to scan into Dropbox