Virtual Lessons

How to Set Up for Virtual Lessons

Where do I Setup My Camera?

The best angle is to the side of the piano or keyboard. Either side will work just great. The goal being both you and the keys are all in view.

If you have a tablet device I’ve found that horizonal is usually best for fitting everything in view, and also gives you more real estate for viewing lessons on your screen.

Usually a small movable table and perhaps some books to get the height work out pretty well. Get creative! But no worries about getting it perfect, roughly in that area is what we want.

Zoom Settings

Yep, You guessed correctly, we’ll be using zoom for virtual lessons. There are some helpful settings in Zoom so that beautiful sound of your piano or keyboard comes through without a hitch.

The layout for how to find these settings varies depending on what computer or device you’ll be using.  You have some extra options on a computer than on a tablet device. Let’s first look at those settings.

Computer Settings
Step 1.
Once you open Zoom you can get to settings by clicking on the Settings icon at the upper right hand corner. 
Step 2.
Great, now that we have the Settings panel open we want to go to the Audio Tab.

Here we’ll first make sure  “automatically adjust volume” is Unchecked.
Step 2.
Great, now that we have the Settings panel open we want to go to the Audio Tab.

Here we’ll first make sure  “automatically adjust volume” is Unchecked.
Step 3.

Next we’ll go under the “Audio Profile” section.

Here we want to check “Original sound for Musicians


As well as  “High fidelity music mode


Sweet! Now we can go open a Zoom meeting

to finish up.

Step 4.
Now that you have an active meeting. You’ll notice in the upper left hand corner it says “enable original sound for musicians

We definitely want this setting turned on. If it’s not already enabled, just click to turn it on.
Step 4.
Now that you have an active meeting. You’ll notice in the upper left hand corner is says “enable original sound for musicians

We definitely want this setting turned on. If it’s not already enabled, just click to turn it on.
Final Step
To double check how it sounds just go to the “Test Mic” button in the same Audio Tab and play some notes on the piano to see how it sounds.


Quick Tip:
Play some notes higher up on the piano, and some down low to see if they come through. 

These Settings usually stay set so you don’t need to change them
everytime. If you use Zoom for other purposes however,  you can easily toggle this setting off when you need.

And with that your Zoom settings are all spiffed up and ready to take on a Piano Lesson!

Tablet Device Settings
Step 1.
First we want to open Zoom. Now we’re gonna click on the “More” tab at the bottom left. This will open up the settings panel.
Step 2.
Next we want to click on “Meetings” under the Settings section.
Step 2.
Next we want to click on “Meetings” under the Settings section.
Step 3.

To the far right you’ll see “Use original Audio” under the Audio Section. We want to make sure this is turned on. This makes the setting available to turn on in a meeting. Otherwise you won’t see it.

Step 4.
Now that we have a Zoom meeting active we want to go to the upper right hand corner and tap on the “More” button to open the menu.
Step 4.
Now that we have a Zoom meeting active we want to go to the upper right hand corner and tap on the “More” button to open the menu.
Final Step
In the menu, you’ll scroll down to “Enable Original Sound” and Tap this setting to enable it.

These Settings usually stay set so you don’t need to change them
everytime. If you use Zoom for other purposes however,  you can easily toggle this setting off when you need.

And with that your Zoom settings are all spiffed up and ready to take on a Piano Lesson!