The Conservatory is currently running a Hybrid Program that allots every other week to be either "In-Person" or "Virtual."
Your student can choose whether or not they'd like to be Virtual only, or to follow the Hybrid Schedule.
With Virtual Lessons as a mainstay feature of our programming here at The Conservatory, please consider using some of our Virtual Lesson Tips below.
Virtual Lesson Tips
The Conservatory wants your virtual experience to be the best it can be! Use these helpful hints for any lessons you may have coming up:
Take your class in a distraction-free zone.
A laptop or desktop are the best devices to use, and an iPad will work fine.
Always be prepared! Make sure you have all necessary classwork items: instrument, music sheets, tuner, metronome, etc.
Set up your technology before your virtual lesson begins, turn on your device and connect to the Wi-Fi or ethernet.
When using Zoom, be sure to Turn Enable Original Sound ON. Further instructions below.
Place the Camera where your Teacher can have a good view of you, and the way you play your instrument.
Find your light, and make sure your Teacher can see you!
Connecting with Original Sound for better music sound transmission on Zoom:
On a computer: go to Audio Settings, the up arrow next to the microphone icon at the lower left of the screen. Go to Advanced settings, and toggle Enable Original sound ON. The upper left of your screen should then say "Turn OFF Original sound".
On an iphone or ipad: BEFORE joining the lesson, In Zoom go to Settings, then Meetings, and toggle on "Use Original Sound". Then after you join the lesson, go to "... more", and enable original sound.
Frequently Asked Questions
Curious about our Virtual Learning? Let's see if we can answer your question:
Q: Are Virtual Lessons practical for a beginning student?
A: Yes, virtual lessons are very practical for all levels of playing. It might be challenging for some younger, beginner students at first, but virtual lessons blended with in-person lessons via our Hybrid schedule are designed to help the beginner develop skills effectively and safely. We also encourage a parent/guardian sitting in during the virtual lesson for younger players.
Q: What formats do you use?
A: Our teachers use a couple different formats such as Zoom, Skype and FaceTime since we've had the best results with these formats. You can always discuss which format has worked best for you with your teacher.
Q: What if I don't have an instrument at home for a virtual lesson?
A: Although The Conservatory does not provide instrument rentals, we can recommend sources for you to either rent or purchase your instrument for your home. If you currently don't own the instrument, please let us know beforehand so we can develop a good start date to begin your virtual lesson
Virtual Learning Information Links
If you have any questions about our different available schedules, or our 2020-2021 Calendar, you can find all links here: