Q: Do online lessons really work?
A: We love to answer this question: YES! Online lessons can be just as powerful as meeting in person. Technology has come a long way, thankfully.
Q: How long have you been teaching online lessons?
A: We have been teaching online lessons since the opening of our studio! One of our new students suddenly relocated and wanted to continue lessons, so we figured it out together.
Q: What kind of equipment do I need to purchase for online lessons?
A: You don't need any fancy, special equipment. Both student and teacher just need to have a strong internet connection to prevent glitches. You can download the following *free* platforms: Zoom, Skype, FaceTime (iPhone/Mac only), What's App, Google Hangouts, etc. We have used each of those and they work well. It is also very helpful to have a second device at the ready. For example, if you're using your phone to video chat with your teacher, having a laptop or tablet to play pre-recorded warm-ups or a backing track is very helpful!
Q: How bad is the lag time?
A: This depends on your internet speed. To prevent lag time in warm-ups, we created a YouTube playlist of our warm-ups to play from your second device. That way there is no delay in your hearing of the notes. You may also access YouTube or any other music website to play a backing track for your song. Sometimes having your teacher play the song while you are singing creates an odd delay for you. It's best to play everything from your own devices while on the video chat. Once you're singing along with your own devices your teacher will be able to hear your voice clearly!
Q: So what are the main differences in online lessons versus coming into the studio?
A: The main difference is getting to have a lesson in the comfort of your own home or anywhere you are in the world. That means no time spent driving to and from your lesson!
Q: What are students saying about lessons online?
A: "Online lessons are great because you can still get the same feedback as you get in person. I have been taking online lessons for a while now and I really enjoy them." -Jenny (Michigan)
A final thought: voice lessons are centered upon building a solid foundation of technique and using that technique to facilitate your artistry. Whether you take a lesson online or in person you'll be able to accomplish this goal!
Creative ideas for music at home!
Parents across the country and around the world are now being tasked with the responsibility of keeping their children engaged in online school. Here are a few (fun) ideas to keep your kids excited about designated music time:
We hope this page helps you plan a musical activity that is low stress for you, and big fun for your student! Please comment on this post with your success stories, questions, or more ideas!
I'd like to take this opportunity to (humble) brag a little bit. More than 20 (YES, 20!) of our students have performed in or will perform in various shows. We are so proud of all of the hard work they put in both here at their lessons and out in the world rehearsing! What did they perform, you say? Here's a look:
One of the biggest thrills of this job is seeing the work transform from notes, words, rhythms & technique in the studio to fully realized performances on stage! We get such a rush when our students "nail the high note" (with proper breath support and resonance, of course!) or sing through that extra long phrase we've been working on.
We try to make it to as many shows as possible, as we are so proud of our students! No matter where you go in Hamilton, Ewing, Princeton, Hopewell, Pennington, Yardley, or Morrisville, you're bound to catch one of our students on the stage! Our students are (as they say in the 'biz) #booked and #blessed and we are insanely proud!
Maria Palombo is the founder of Finely Tuned Voice Lessons, a private voice studio. Her studio is open to all regardless of age or ability.