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!
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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.