Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our music lessons are being taught 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?
The easiest option would be to click the Book Online button on this websites main menu. When booking online you can either pay for a single lesson or a subscription of 4 lessons for the month.
If you would prefer not to book and pay directly online, we can email you an invoice through our payment processor. 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.
Are in-person lessons available at all? If so, what are your policies?
Yes! We do have very limited availability for in-person lessons on site at our building with restrictions. All students must wear masks during their lesson and only two lessons can be taught in the school at any one time. Our waiting area is closed until further notice, so parents or guardians will not be able to wait in the school during the lesson. Please contact us using the form below if you would like to book an in person lesson.
Please understand that in order to meet restrictions and to keep our students and teachers safe, we might not be able to accommodate a lesson day and time as conveniently as a virtual lesson. We ask that if virtual lessons are not an option for you or your child, please be patient with us regarding scheduling.