Thank you for braving virtual reality with me as we move forward with online lessons!

Tips on using Zoom for music lessons:

Use a laptop or computer (as opposed to a tablet or phone) when possible because you have more control over the audio settings. Zoom is usually optimized for voice, and designed to eliminate background noise. Sometimes it confuses our music as background noise, and makes it really quiet or distorts the sound. To fix this on a computer (not available on a mobile device):


In Audio settings, be sure to

  • un-check "auto adjust microphone volume"

    • turn the microphone volume almost all the way up​

  • In Advanced audio settings

    • Disable "Suppress Intermittent Background Noise"

    • Disable "Suppress Persistent Background Noise"

    • Check "show in-meeting option to Enable Original Sound"

      • then in the Zoom meeting window (in our lesson/meeting) in the upper left hand corner, click "turn on original sound"

Here's a youtube video showing how to do all that:


Be sure to close all other apps on your device, and ask other household members to refrain from streaming video, downloading/uploading large files, or gaming online during your lesson. This will increase your internet bandwidth and create clearer audio and video in our online platform (i.e. no frozen statues or robot voices). For more best practices, check out this helpful info about online music conferencing.

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