All private students are expected to follow my studio policies & expectations; they can be viewed here.
I provide private and small group lessons both on-site in my studio and online. Students have a wide variety of study areas to choose from including keyboard percussion, drum set, marching percussion, timpani, and more.
All in-person lessons are taught on-site in my percussion studio & online lessons are taught via video communications apps such as Zoom, FaceTime, or Google Hangouts.
For more information on my private lesson offerings, please view my Studio Policies & Expectations.
I am currently offering both in-person and online lessons. For available times, lesson rates, or for more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL ONLINE LESSONS
Many devices can utilize video communications apps - however, some work better than others. Smartphones, Tablets, and Computers all work very well. However, Chromebooks (and other 'netbooks') tend to result in choppy/low-quality video and limits the quality of the feedback I can give a student. iPhones/iPads provide fantastic video quality.
When doing an online drumset lesson, headphones are recommended so that we can still hear each other talking, even while playing.
My preferred video communications app is Zoom as it has settings that allow me to get the clearest sound. However, FaceTime (iOS devices only) also works very well and Google Hangouts can do the job (although it seems to have more audio issues than the other two).
If using Zoom, I recommend downloading the app rather than using it in a browser. For best audio quality on a PC or Mac, find the |^| icon in the bottom right corner and select "Audio Settings". When the window pops up, click the "Advanced" button in the bottom right corner. Make sure both "Suppress Persistent Background Noise” & “Suppress Intermittent Background Noise" are both set to "disabled". "Echo Cancellation" should be set to "auto". Lastly, make sure the box next to "Show in-meeting option to "Enable Original Sound" from microphone" is checked. These options are NOT available on mobile devices.
Place the recording device a moderate distance away from the student; this will help it pick up sound evenly. Placing the device right next to an instrument will sometimes result in 'clipping' (audio becoming distorted/cutting out due to too strong of a signal).
Try to put the recording device between the student and a light source. Placing the light source behind the student results in a dark, silhouette appearance making it more difficult for me to see the nuances in their playing.
Have all materials ready and within reach prior to the start of the lesson.