Many of the following ideal settings, hardware, and best
practices have distanced music lessons in mind, but may apply to
other areas of your music study.
Internet and Computer Setup
Access to reliable high-speed internet is the most important
factor for a successful remote lesson experience—
At a minimum, it is recommended that you have at least a
1.5MB internet connection for high-quality video chatting,
regardless of platform.
It is easiest to use a laptop computer rather than a mobile
It is recommended that a wired connection is used rather than
If your computer does not have an ethernet port, a simple
USB-Ethernet adapter can be
purchased from Amazon for as low as $13.
You will need a
CAT6 ethernet cable to connect your internet router to
your computer (into the USB-Ethernet adapter first if
Using headphones/earbuds minimizes feedback or echo. Echo is
caused by your microphone picking up the other user’s audio
coming out of your speaker (at a delay) and sending it back. The
quality of the headphones is not important. Let your budget
determine your preference.
A high-quality external microphone can improve your sound for
the other person, but in some cases a cheap microphone can be
worse than your computer’s built-in microphone. Here are a couple