We've been having great online lessons since 2013, so it's safe to say we have this figured out. Whether you are a local and facing unsafe driving conditions, unexpected transportation issues, feeling under the weather, or you're a friend from afar-- having your lesson or coaching session online can open up a lot of possibilities.
We use Zoom as our primary platform. You are welcome to log on to our Zoom meeting ahead of time, and I'll let you in from the waiting room when it's time for your lesson.
•Test your video and audio before our lesson
(you might need to run updates, which might require a restart)
•Make sure you have room to stand and move while singing
•Make sure there are no bright lights or windows behind you
•Have all sheet music, books, pencils, and audio tracks ready to go
•Make sure the camera can see your hands, if playing piano (set the camera as if it's looking over your shoulder at the keys and the music)
If you need more help with setting up the software, check out the Zoom Help Center.
Optimize Zoom on your Computer
for an optimal music lesson experience
(more options are available on computer than tablet/phone)
First, make sure to check if Zoom updates are available.
Go into Zoom Preferences/Settings
•Click on “Audio”
•Uncheck (de-select) “Automatically adjust microphone volume”
•Set "Suppress background noise" to LOW.
•Check mark: show option to "Turn On Original Sound"
•Check mark: "High fidelity music mode"
•Check mark: Echo Cancellation
*note: if your wi-fi isn't the greatest, you'll have a much better experience plugging your computer directly into your router via an ethernet cable.
Keep in mind, Zoom on a computer works better for lessons than a phone or a tablet. If you are using your phone for our video connection you'll not be able to play your rehearsal tracks from your phone simultaneously. It often helps to have a computer or other device accessible that you can use to play audio. If you normally use your phone when practicing, it might be easiest to use Zoom on the computer.
To find out more about online group classes, please visit our Songflight Studio page.
The video lessons allowed our daughter to maintain consistency in her training with Amber Nicole. They were a wonderful option for our family. We do not live close, and when schedules got tight or inclement weather occurred, video lessons proved to be extremely useful. We also used it when my daughter wasn't feeling well. It is also a nice option if you have to travel out of town during a regularly scheduled lesson time.
My daughter (14 years old) has been taking voice lessons from Amber Nicole Dilger for about a year. Amber Nicole is exceptional at pinpointing barriers to producing the desired sound as well as giving positive feedback. She advances theoretical knowledge, as well as vocal technique and character development. Every experience is a positive learning opportunity and I love how Amber will ask my daughter to reflect on a performance she watched as well as ones she performed in. Amber Nicole is very organized and provides a written summary of each lesson which includes what the student is working on. If there is a situation where we can't make it to the studio, Amber Nicole has an option for doing lessons remotely. She also helps her students emotionally prepare for performances and works on conquering anxiety. Google, 5 Star Review