Setting Up Your Home Studio

Most likely the things you need to have online music lessons are things you already have!

  • Your instrument (Digital Piano works and even a keyboard can get you started!) 

  • A stable Internet connection

  • At least one video-capable mobile device with a front-facing camera (Smartphone, Tablet, Chromebook, or Laptop)

Let's set them up:

  • The camera should be placed that your teacher can see your hands and fingers

    • Pianists should set it up to the sides (​imagine the camera lens where your teachers face would be)

    • Other instruments should set up with upper-body, both arms and hands clearly in view.

  • Check to make sure you can hear sound clearly out of your device's speaker (Use a headset if you have one!) 

  • If you have two mobile devices available, let's utilize them both! 

Here are a few examples of how to set up for a piano lesson: 

Single Device

  • Smartphones will work fine, but if you can choose the device go with the one with the largest screen.
  • Set it up next to the player and focus the camera on the keyboard.
  • Turn on the selfie camera to check the view.
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Two Devices
  • Set up the "Capturing" device - use the one with the better camera (and if you have two cameras on the device, use the better one of the two) - the same way you set up with a single device. The "Capturing device will be your primary device: make sure the camera, microphone, and speaker are are working properly.
  • Then set up the "Viewing" device - use the one with the larger screen (it will be muted and silenced) - place it on the piano desk.
  • Logon to Google Hangouts Meet following these steps on both devices
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Mute & Silent

* Please make sure to

Silence the Microphone &

Mute the Speaker on your

Viewing device. 

Additional Tips
  • Try flipping the phone/tablet stand backward if you are struggling to set the camera up at a good angle
  • Most importantly: Don't stress if your setup isn't "perfect", it just needs to be good enough for you to start making music with your teacher!
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Show off your hard work to your teacher:
Arms, hands, fingers and all!