View our Tween and Teen Band collaborative videos below that they have worked hard on during this period of virtual lessons!
We currently offer virtual lessons on all instruments! Some of the advantages to remote learning online are…
-Use your own gear and educational materials
-Help with your practice rig
-Connecting with your teacher from any location
-Record lessons and practice with them throughout the week
-Our teachers are happy to use Zoom, FaceTime, Skype and any other preferred video-conferencing applications
To get started register here to schedule your first lesson!
Virtual Lesson Testimonials
Just a shout out to thank Jenny for helping Reid with violin. She is patient, kind and so encouraging. All while teaching him a lot! I’m grateful for her knowledge of music and of children’s learning techniques. She is awesome!-Julia
Thanks so much for Avery’s music stand he loves it! It has been a huge help. I also wanted to thank you for keeping up the lessons. Max, Drew and Gail are amazing and have been our only constant and normal throughout this experience. Even though Avery and Erin may bellyache about practicing sometimes, they always love having lessons. We appreciate all of you very much and wanted to let you know.-Suzanne
Personally, we are loving the virtual lessons!-Brie
“I just wanted to say everything was great. Skype worked well on our end and Finn was engaged and learned 2 new songs! Charlie had his lesson with Max today as well and Zoom was awesome. I loved how Max could put up the music on the screen instead of us having to prop it up next to him. Thanks for making online lessons work. Keeping some semblance of normalcy in our lives through all this chaos was really helpful.-Nancy
You and Guitar Shed have brought me so much joy. Thank you for all you do.-Sara
Continuing my lessons during this time is a source of great peace and normalcy. Chris does an awesome job of making this work well. Not only am I continuing to drive my piano abilities, I get to keep another weekly connection. Thank you Chris and Guitar Shed for enriching this time for me.-Wende
Thanks for making this an option, we very much want to continue to support the business (and instructors!) we care about and love having an option to continue.-Jessica
We are so happy that lessons are continuing online. It is something to look forward to that is not homeschooling!-Suellen
We had our first virtual lesson with Hoberdan last Friday and it went great! The lesson started right on time, the connection was great, and Charlie loved seeing his teacher. It was very well done and we are very happy with this new virtual experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested.-Brittany
I assumed that online would not work well for a child of Diana’s age, but actually just the opposite is true. I think that online pianos lessons can really work for her.-Mike
Another case of kids teaching us again that they can adapt to anything and it is the grown-ups that are the problem…
Thank you for this! Max has been so great — it’s really done wonders to have that lesson to look forward to at the end of each week.-Erin
Virtual Lesson Handbook
Greetings Guitar Shedders! We’ve now had several weeks of virtual lessons and have learned a lot. Here are some guidelines for ensuring a great lesson experience.
-Make sure you have a lesson space clear of distractions.
-Have your music and materials ready prior to your lesson.
-Tune your instrument beforehand if applicable.
-Position your device in a way that would emulate an in-person lesson.
-Verify your method of contact with your teacher.
-Record your lessons to use as reference throughout the week.
-And most importantly, practice!
-A stable internet connection is important!
-If possible, connect to the internet via ethernet cable.
-If using WiFi, make sure to be in a part of your home that has good signal.
-If you are having connectivity issues and cannot move to another part of your home, it may be worth trying to move your router closer to your lesson space.
-A computer or tablet is recommended for lessons, but a phone will work as well.
-Headphones make a big difference! Over-the-ear wired -headphones are preferred. Bluetooth headphones can have connectivity issues. Noise-cancelling headphones are even better.
-Make sure that you can hear your teacher clearly and speak up if you can’t.
-Find a quiet space for your lesson if possible with minimal background noise.
-If you are interested in improving the sound quality of your instrument, we recommend purchasing a USB audio interface for your computer. Audio interfaces are in high demand these days and you might have to check with a few different retailers for availability. There are also several more affordable interfaces for phones and tablets. If you have an instrument that does not plug directly into the interface, you will need to purchase a microphone and xlr cable and mic stand.
-Zoom has several audio adjustments that will improve your sound.
–Click “Advanced” under Audio and check “Show in-meeting -option to “Enable Original Sound”
–Once you are in the meeting click the option to “Turn on Original Sound” in the upper left corner
–Under “Audio Processing” in the Advanced Audio Settings, disable Suppress Persistent Background Noise and Suppress Intermittent Background Noise. Set Echo Cancellation to Auto.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our teachers and administrators. We appreciate everyone’s effort and we’re working hard to make our virtual lessons a great experience!