MAY 2021 UPDATE:
MAY 2021 UPDATE:
We currently use the Zoom platform, which is free to install and is available across a variety of operating systems. Zoom also allows you to record your lessons in both full-video and audio-only mode so you can study and practice with your lesson recordings.
No. If you have an internet connection and a computer, notepad, or smartphone capable of video-conferencing, e.g. with a camera and a microphone, you can take online lessons! It is helpful to have a second device nearby during your lesson in order to play back your accompaniment recordings. There are optional items such as USB microphones which can improve sound quality, but they're not necessary in order to have an effective and successful lesson!
We find that the pacing of online lessons is more relaxed and laid-back. You're in your home "space": no driving through crazy traffic to get to your lesson. Because it takes time for information to travel through the internet, there is a brief "audio lag" between the time the student makes the sound and the time we hear it and vice versa. We compensate for this by working in a call-and-response style, prioritizing the development of the student's musical "ear", and utilizing recorded accompaniments for songs.
Online lessons require that students work more on their own "ear", and so are great for developing greater musical independence. The proximity of the camera means that we actually can see and correct small movements of the singer's jaw and tongue better than when we are across the room in a live lesson. Singers also get the opportunity to learn about presenting themselves on camera, a skill which will be of great importance in our increasingly online world.
During singing lessons, we actually work on many skills that translate to and can help foster success in other fields. These include but are definitely not limited to: