Updated - Tuesday 3/24/20
Tuesday will be the last day of onsite lessons.
All onsite lessons will be transitioning to virtual lessons as soon as possible.
We Appreciate You!!!
This is a time of radical change for all of us, we want to first make sure you know how much we appreciate your support!
We are open and all lessons are moving online
We have 2 options available - in addition to check-ins during the week with our chat app:
Onsite 1-on-1 lessons
- Virtual Zoom lessons (LIVE)
- Pre-recorded video & pdf packages
Your teacher will be sending you information soon about our new practice app. The app is amazing to help everyone feel much more connected during this time of forced separation.
If you can no longer visit us in person, we would love for you to try one of our online options! (As of 3/23/20, we can no longer offer in person lessons).
Change is often awkward at first, but virtual lessons work very well once the teacher & student are prepared. Let's improvise to these changes as they come... just like a jazz lead sheet! We can send you sheet music virtually or print it for you to pickup.
There has never been a better time than now to study music.
Zoom Meeting IDs
Check your confirmation email or text the office 206-407-9610
How to prepare for virtual lessons at home
Zoom IDs, Equipment, Camera and Software Tips
Lesson Materials on Google Drive for Students
Click here to access materials teachers have prepared for you in google drive
You don't need much to do online lessons - only a phone, ipad or laptop. A desktop computer will work fine too! Then you can download zoom and reconnect with your teacher.
If you have a bad wifi connection, we can send you a pre-recorded video & PDF. Stay in touch with your teacher through our new app for sharing sheet music, audio and video files!
Friday Soundcheck - Virtual Recitals
On Fridays we'll be hosting a free zoom call for students & teachers to perform, listening parties. This will help students stay connected to music while they're stuck at home. Follow us on social media to learn about your teacher's facebook live concerts!
We now have more flexibility with scheduling lessons, especially earlier lessons.
Just let us know if you want to reschedule or add additional lessons!
Many of our teachers are active performers & artists on the weekends. Sadly all the gigs have dried up, but this does everyone more flexibility in scheduling both weekends and weekdays.
Students are required to wash their hands upon entering the school. Teachers will ask their students to do so before starting the lesson.
If anyone in your household is coughing, sneezing, has a runny nose, or has had a fever in the last 48 hours - You are REQUIRED to cancel lessons for the day & we will reschedule the appointment to be online.
All frequently touched surfaces are disinfected multiple times a day - instruments, doors, light switches, surfaces etc.
We are also wipe down piano keys between each student.
The entire school is professionally cleaned on weekends.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Laptops & Desktops have the most control over sound for zoom lessons. Mobile works just fine though.
- A tripod or stand for a phone
- iPad or phone also work great
- Have headphones ready to test if the sound quality is better with them.
- See the blue link above for more info "Information about virtual lessons for students"
- Zoom app is great for live virtual lessons, the desktop/laptops have the most control over sound.
- Google drive app works great from an ipad or phone. This allows you to look at sheet music and videos created by your teacher
- We'll be sending you more apps soon to connect with your teacher.
- We can print music for you at the school to pick up or send it to you to print at home, or just keep it on your ipad.
Change is often awkward at first, but virtual lessons work very well once the teacher & student are prepared.
Virtual lessons can have the same or more value as in person lessons.
We would love for you to try them!
If you're ever unhappy with your lesson, please let us know and we'll make it right.
Just email - Office@offthewallschoolofmusic.com
Our cancellation policy is the same: Please give us 48-hours notice before canceling.
Teachers are working extra hard to prepare materials for each lesson both before, during and after. It is quite frustrating to prepare for a lesson ahead of time and have a student not show up.
We would love to have you use your existing lesson credits to try an online lesson with us.
Lessons can be rescheduled to be virtual instead of in-person.
If money becomes an issue with your music lessons, please reach out and let me know. I want to make sure lessons aren't disrupted for any continuing piano students if I can. I'm happy to offer a reasonable amount of discounted or free remote piano lessons. ~ Chris
Ukulele is a great instrument for Zoom live lessons. The camera angles work very well. Stay tuned for some group ukulele classes as well!