Online Voice Lessons

I just wanted to thank you again for doing so much for my daughter! You are always so patient with her, she never gets frustrated or embarrassed when singing with you. That means so much!! You instill confidence in her to do this and we can’t be more grateful. I'm especially thankful that she has access to such an amazing and experienced teacher via technology. This wouldn't have been possible for us otherwise!

When you can’t get to my New York City studio, we can work together using FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype. I’ve been getting some great results right on a computer screen! Just call, text, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. me, and we can set up a lesson at your convenience.

Since current technology doesn't allow me to simultaneously accompany a singer, a second device is needed to play back piano tracks while singing. One device is used for the connection (desktop, laptop, iPad, etc.), and another to play back accompaniment tracks (iPhone, iPod, etc.) I might need to send over a track or two during the lesson, so hopefully whatever device is used for playback can receive texts and/or emails. 

Here are a few tips for successful online lessons:

First of all, use the best Internet Wi-Fi connection you can, and get as close to the router as possible. If you can plug your laptop directly into the router, all the better.

Disconnect other programs or apps that might interfere with our Wi-Fi connection. Some teachers advise using headphones and an external microphone, but I’ve had very good results using just the built-in speakers and microphones on our devices. While Zoom Video Conferencing is best for groups, either FaceTime or Skype are fine when it’s just two people.

Zoom Audio Settings

Besides making sure you have the latest version of the Zoom software installed, there are some audio settings that should be changed for voice lessons. By default, Zoom is configured for talking, not singing.   

Open “Audio Settings” in Zoom:

UNCHECK the box next to “Automatically adjust microphone volume” (right below input volume). The input volume slider can be set to about halfway.

√ Check the box next to “Join audio by computer when joining a meeting”

Click “Advanced” Button (bottom corner of audio settings):

√ Check the box next to “show in-meeting option...”

Change “Suppress Persistent Background Noise” from Auto to Disable.

Change “Suppress Intermittent Background Noise” from Auto to Disable.

Be sure “Echo Cancellation” is set to Auto 

During our meeting, look in the upper corner:

If you see “Turn ON Original Sound,” click it.

If you see “Turn OFF Original Sound,” leave it.

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