Virtual Lessons

I use a browser-based music instruction program called Rock Out Loud for teaching online lessons. In order to connect for virtual lessons, you will need to use Chrome as a browser and go to Rock Out Loud (rockoutloud.live/login).

If you will be using a tablet or phone, you will need to download the free Rock Out Loud app from the Apple Store or Google Play. Rock Out Loud works best with headphones rather than ear buds.
Click here for a quick Student-Parent guide for Rock Out Loud.  

You have 3 options for setting up for online lessons:

Laptop and Stand

  • If your laptop is less than 6 years old, it probably has a built-in camera and microphone.
  • You can use a tripod made for a laptop OR you can use items from around the house (books, shoeboxes, etc.).
  • Make sure your laptop is placed to the side of the piano keyboard so that the built-in camera can capture an area which includes your head and your hands on the keys.

Smart phone and Phone Tripod
  • Use the phone’s landscape orientation.
  • Place the phone on the tripod.
  • Choose the camera option which allows you to see the teacher facing you.
  • Adjust the angle to get the best view - from the top of your head to your hands on the keys.
  • Don’t spend a lot of money on a phone tripod. You can purchase them for under $20 on Amazon.
Tablet and Tablet Tripod
  • If you purchase a regular tripod (such as for a regular camera), purchase a tablet adapter for it.
  • Use the tablet’s landscape orientation.
  • Place the tablet on the tripod.
  • Choose the camera option which allows you to see the teacher facing you.
  • Adjust the angle to get the best view - from the top of your head to your hands on the keys.
  • Do not attempt to use a tablet on a mini tripod. Tablets are too heavy and will undoubtedly topple over.
Tips
  • Make sure that your tripod is on a stable surface and screwed together properly, otherwise you may have a costly consequence.
  • If during a lesson you have a hardware or software issue, we will text or email each other to discuss what needs to be done.
  • Make sure the camera is situated so that it can see your head and the keyboard.
    • I need to be able to see where your eyes are looking, and
    • I need to be able to see your hand, arm, and finger positions
  • Any light source should not point directly toward the camera. This makes it almost impossible for the camera to respond correctly.
  • Make the setup simple enough that the student can do it by himself.
  • Camera shyness. If you are not comfortable having your face on the camera, then just make sure the camera is pointed at the hands.