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ESM Online Classes & Events

Our online lessons, group classes, and performance events are currently being hosted via Zoom "meetings".
 
Below are instructions about equipment requirements, Zoom software installation and setup, attending a Zoom meeting, and preparing for a performance.
 

Equipment Requirements

Students and teachers will need:
  • Computer or tablet (device).
    • Cello students: Our observation is that cellists tend to have better quality Zoom lessons/classes when using a computer rather than a tablet. Zoom's computer software has certain audio settings that are not available in Zoom's tablet software. These settings affect the audio of all musical instruments, but the most significant differences become apparent in low registers such as the cello G and C strings.
       
    • Smartphones and cellphones are considered a last-resort due to their small screen size.
       
  • Strong internet connection.
    • For Zoom lessons, classes, and performances, it is better to physically connect your device to your internet router than to use wireless networking (Wi-Fi).
       
    • Use a LAN/Ethernet cable to connect. Here are instructions for hard-wiring into a router. Check whether your device has a LAN port, modern machine or not. If there isn't a LAN port, you can purchase an Ethernet adapter such as this USB adapter.
       
    • If you must use Wi-Fi, place your device as close as possible to the router and eliminate sources of interference.
       
    • You can test the internet speed of your device by going to Speed Test webpages for Bell customers or Rogers customers or others. The greater your internet speed/bandwidth is, the less likely you are to experience poor audio/video quality during a Zoom meeting.
       
  • Speakers. Often built into the device.
    • An optional external speaker will make group classes and lessons easier to follow thanks to its greater volume power, compared to typical internal speakers. Stringed instruments are surprisingly loud and can easily overpower quieter audio that students are trying to play along with.
       
    • If your child will be performing with a piano accompaniment track, please also see the link below re: "Preparing for a Solo Performance".
       
  • Microphone. Often built into the device.
    • An optional external microphone (for example, a budget-priced USB mic) will significantly improve your child's sound clarity during lessons and performances. (Check whether your device allows for an external mic.)
      By receiving higher-quality sound from your child during lessons, your teacher will be able to teach more accurately on tone production and musicality.
       
    • Several ESM faculty members are now teaching their online lessons using external microphones such as the "Snowball" and "Yeti" mics from Blue.
       
  • Webcam. Often built into the device.
    • Lighting is also important. A bright environment helps your teacher to better observe your child's technique. It also helps advanced students read their music parts more easily.
       
    • Webcam placement for lessons and group classes is described in the link below re: "Joining a Zoom meeting".
       
    • Webcam placement for online performances is illustrated in the link below re: "Setting up for online performances".
       

Zoom Software Installation and Setup

Attending an Online Class or Event

Preparing for a Solo Performance

If you have questions, please contact your studio teacher.