Dear Parents and Students

As things change day to day even by the hours, we have decided to move all the music lessons online for the time being. We hope and pray this is only temporary. Natalia has been teaching online lessons over 10 years so it will be very easy for your child(ren) to continue lessons online.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult time. We want to be as consistence as possible to bring some regularity in our lives as we know how disruptive changes can be, especially for children. We need as much music as possible during these times.

All lessons will be recorded so lessons can be reviewed.

Lessons can be moved to morning/afternoon times if you are interested – please discuss with your teacher

Important Information about Online Lessons

So what do you need to make this work:

Required equipment …

1. Tablet or computer with a videoconferencing application installed.
2. Download ZOOM – it is a free service (what my studio is currently using)
3.A music stand for positioning/repositioning the tablet or laptop is useful but not mandatory.
4.For piano – camera must be set up on the side of the piano so we can see student’s hands and upper body.
5.For voice – full body
6. If the teacher or student is speaking or singing/playing the piano – the other person can’t hear so if we need to interrupt each other – we will put our hand’s up just like we do in school when we need to ask a question. We will also be using thumbs up etc when music is being created.
7. A little bit of supervision for younger students is needed.
8. High speed internet. Almost all modern cellular and home internet connections can manage this task today.
9. Lighting is important. Make sure the room is well lit.
10. Visits from pets and siblings are fun and cool as long as they are occasional and overall do not disrupt the lesson.
11. Allow extra time for the first call as it takes time to get used to the new format.
12. Be Patient, a lot people are online right now – so things are moving a little slower.
13. Be ready to laugh as we try to maneuver in this virtual world.

Preparation for students:

For Piano:
– Please have all of your material ready – have it all ready on the piano
– Your teacher will be pre-sending (via email) any material you might need. Please print them off before your lesson.
– Please have paper and pencil to take notes (younger students – mom/dad this will be your responsibility)
– Please make sure that your child goes to the bathroom before their lesson and they aren’t hungry or thirsty.

For Voice:
– Please have a mirror if possible so students can see mouth positions etc
– Please have paper and pencil to take notes (younger students – mom/dad this will be your responsibility)
– Please make sure that your child goes to the bathroom before their lesson and they aren’t hungry or thirsty.
– Two devices – One will be on the call with your teacher and one to play backing tracks and your vocal exercises. If you have a Bluetooth speaker, please use as it will be easier for both the student and the teacher.

o YouTube links will emailed to you before the lesson
o Lyric sheets etc will be pre-sent as well.
o New material will be decided via text/email before the lesson

Theory/Music History Classes will be postponed till April 6th as Natalia figures out the best way to proceed with those lessons. She is currently in discussions with several universities to see how they are offering classes.

As Festival is postponed for now, several teachers and Natalia are planning an online concert – more information to come.

All dance lessons are postponed but Miss Angela and Jaedyn are preparing some online material that your children can use to keep up.

Thank you,

The Staff of Pardalis Studio

Natalia, Akylina, Jaedyn, and Angela

 

Information from:
Beethoven at Home
VoiceLessons.com
Mentorship under Edrie Means Weekly
Natalia Pardalis’ experience