We now offer the option to take lessons virtually! On this page you will find answers to various FAQs around virtual lessons as well as a contact form for additional questions and inquiries.
How do Virtual Lessons work?
Just like any traditional in-person lesson at Pinelands, each lesson is either a 30 or 60 minute private 1 on 1 lesson with one of our excellent music instructors via a video chat application (such as Skype or Facetime). Each lesson is no different from a traditional in person lesson other than the fact that you are not in the same room as your teacher!
How do I get virtual lessons set up?
If you are already a student, please reach out to your instructor directly or contact us using the form below. We are happy to work with you directly to get you all set for virtual lessons!
All you really need is confirmation for your scheduled time with your instructor, a device with video chat capability, a video chat app (Skype is free and available for any device)and your instrument.
I don't use Skype or Facetime or Google Hangouts, how can I get them?
You can download skype here: https://www.skype.com/en/get-skype/
You can access FaceTime from any iOS device or Mac computer (it is not available on Android and PC)
Google Hangouts for PCs and Laptops can be downloaded here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-hangouts/nckgahadagoaajjgafhacjanaoiihapd?hl=en
Google hangouts for android devices can be found in the android Google Play store on any android device. Just search “Hangouts” and it will be the top listing.
How can I pay for my student's virtual lessons?
Please reach out to us to get a credit card set up on file. We will automatically charge you at the beginning of the month for your number of scheduled lessons
If you would prefer to keep a card on file with us, we can email you an invoice through our payment processor, but this will come with an additional fee. If you would like to be invoiced, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the “contact us” form at the bottom of this page.
Do we need any special equipment to do virtual lessons?
You do not! All you need is either a cellphone, tablet, laptop, or webcam enabled desktop computer(with a microphone – most standard ear buds now adays have microphones built in), an internet connection, and the instrument you want to learn! We’d recommend bluetooth headphones as well though they are not required by any means.
Our teachers are prepared to use any means of video chat available via Android(with Google Duo or Google Hangouts) and iOS (via FaceTime) devices, as well as popular universal choices such as Skype, Zoom, and Google Hangouts.
What's the difference between in person and virtual lessons?
Honestly, not all that much! Since COVID-19 broke we have slowly ramped up to more and more virtual lessons to work out the kinks and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from students and parents thus far. At this point we have been nearly 100% virtual for several since March 2020 and running smoothly!
Though there are advantages to in-person lessons, there are also advantages to remote lessons, ranging from additional flexibility in scheduling to the ability to record the lesson to being able to utilize screen sharing via the video chat tools. We strongly encourage everyone to take virtual lessons at this time until students and teachers are able to get vaccinated.