OUR APPROACH TO ONLINE EDUCATION
Our virtual lessons deliver the same level of expertise, professionalism, patience, and empathy, you would expect from an in-person experience.
Combining academic discipline with real-world experience and application, our primary mission is to help students discover, explore and nurture their own personal relationship to music, whatever form that may take.
Whether you are a complete beginner learning music for the first time, a casual player wanting to improve, or a professional seeking to hone your chops or expand their repertoire, Professor Baumol will help you to prioritize and achieve your own individual goals, at a pace and schedule that works for you.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
If you're interested in studying music with the Professor, you can fill out the submission form HERE.
In the 'MESSAGE' section, please include the following information about the prospective student:
• YEARS/TYPE OF MUSICAL EXPERIENCE (NONE IS FINE!)
• GENERAL GOALS FOR LESSONS
Professor Baumol will then reach out to you to schedule a FREE VIRTUAL CONSULTATION to address any issues (technological, scheduling, etc.) and to further discuss the purpose, direction, and desired outcome(s) of future lessons.
WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED?
At a bare minimum, virtual lessons can be achieved with a basic smart phone, laptop or home computer with a functioning camera/microphone, and some form of video-conferencing software/app (ie Zoom, Skype, etc.).
While the above will suffice for most situations, here are a few recommendations that we have found to help both simplify and enhance the online learning experience:
A STURDY, DEDICATED STAND FOR YOUR DEVICE
Your streaming device should be placed in a location that both allows the student to clearly see the Professor, while simultaneously giving the Professor as full and clear a view of the student as possible. Having a dedicated stand/base for your device can save a lot time and energy, especially at the beginning of each lesson. For tablets, a sturdy music stand and a rubber band (to keep the device from tipping forward if the required angle is too steep) often works well.
HEADPHONES (WIRELESS/BLUETOOTH RECOMMENDED)
Using headphones (even earbuds) allows for the Professor's voice to be easily heard and understood while the student is playing/performing. Wireless headphones are recommended, as they ensure that the student can set up/perform comfortably without being tethered a specific distance to their device.
DESKTOPS/LAPTOPS & TABLETS RECOMMENDED (OVER SMARTPHONES)
Clear visual communication is paramount to the online education experience. While virtual lessons can and do work just fine using the smaller screen of a smart phone, using a larger screen allows for a more connected experience, on top of making it that much easier for Professor and Student to see each other.
If you have any further questions, please visit our FAQ, or contact us at: