Online Lessons

Learn to Sing Online!
Skype , FaceTime, or​ Savvy lessons!

You may have heard that some teachers are now trying online singing lessons to accommodate more students . Whether you’re far away, a super busy person...or both...you can easily fit in vocal training if you have Skype (or FaceTime, if you are a Mac user), a reliable internet connection, and a mic! You can even sing with me from your iPhone or iPad.

I am also available on Savvy ! This excellent new site makes it easier than ever to schedule, pay, and have your lesson: 25 or 55 minutes.   I have a special deal for you if you want to try out a Savvy lesson: $10 off your first lesson, $20 off your second, and $30 off your third! Email me now to get started, 






​Type of Connection to the Internet

In general, the faster the connection you have to the internet, the better your performance will be. Any connection over 10 megabits down and 3 up should be sufficient for Skype or FaceTime or Google Hangouts.

Type of Connection to your Router

While you should not notice too much of a difference between wireless and wired connectivity, older laptops may be connected using slower wireless cards that can impact video performance. For best results, make sure your computer is capable of connecting via the "802.11N" or "802.11ac" standards on both your computer and the router. While 802.11g and 802.11b may work, they are older standards. For best connectivity, use an ethernet cable connected directly to the the router.

For further troubleshooting, please check out this link over at Skype support: https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA3161/my-video-quality-isn-t-great

If you're feeling a tad more adventurous or still having trouble, take a look at this: http://lifehacker.com/5836186/how-can-i-get-better-quality-out-of-video-chat

Hardware Connectivity

Many options are available for getting the best possible audio and video quality out of your computer setup. Probably the easiest solution out there is a good pair of earbuds and a microphone. Here we'll go over a few options from least expensive to most costly.

Built in Speakers and Microphone

Generally you're not going to get the best results unless your hardware is pretty new. 

Apple Earpods

These are pretty inexpensive and have good sound quality. The built in microphone works well and it has a volume control, especially on a Mac.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD827LL/A/apple-earpods-with-remote-and-mic

Better headphones and microphones

Bose Quietcomfort 15 with Microphone Attachment

These headphones have active noise canceling. So long as you don't mind hearing the outside world, these can be a great addition. Try them out first to see whether you like them. They require a AAA battery, so keep that in mind.

http://www.bose.com/controller?url=/shop_online/headphones/noise_cancelling_headphones/quietcomfort_15/index.jsp

Stereo Speaker system with dedicated microphone

This is probably overkill for voice lessons, but you can get a dedicated microphone from Yeti or Snowball to plug in via USB to your computer for better sound quality. This has the advantage of giving you a little more freedom in terms of moving your body around.

http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Yeti-USB-Microphone/dp/B002VA464S/

http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Snowball-Microphone-Textured/dp/B000EOPQ7E

You can also plug your computer's speaker output up to a receiver and push sound out through a receiver, but just be aware that you may get feedback in this situation, so the headphones are probably easier to set up. Still, experiment and find out what you like best!

Sometimes your webcam may not be the best if it's built into your system or a little old. Check out these options from Microsoft and Logitech:

http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-LifeCam-Studio-1080p-Webcam/dp/B0042X8NT6

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Widescreen-Calling-Recording-960-000764/dp/B006JH8T3S/

Other thoughts

Skype now has mobile apps for iPhone and other platforms. You can use these devices paired with headphones described above if the device supports it. Try it out before you purchase something.

Advanced Troubleshooting

Updating router Firmware

Software is an important piece of getting everything working properly for a Skype video chat. You've already upgraded to the latest version of Skype (right!?) but there are a few other things that can affect performance. Make sure your computer's system software is up to date (Windows Update or OS X's Software Update). Also, your router's software may require updating (called Firmware in most cases). Check with the documentation on the vendor's website to see whether your router is in need of an update. Be careful to check for your specific model: sometimes there are several releases for routers. Make sure you're updating the right one!