Suzuki String School of Guelph

Note by Note: Nurturing Our Children and Community

online learning

Most of our families and teachers are temporarily having online lessons using Zoom through the COVID-19 social distancing period and while our home, the Guelph Youth Music Centre, is closed.

Here is an excellent video on how to get set-up for online music lessons with Zoom:
The Zoom website has many excellent tutorials in the “Support” area the very bottom of their webpage.
Here is a step by step description of what you need to do:

1. The morning of your lesson, your teacher will email you an invitation to the “meeting”.

2. Before your scheduled lesson time, please make sure you:

  • Have a good working internet connection.
  • Have your instrument tuned.
  • Have your music, pencil and notebook close by.
  • Have a metronome and tuning app accessible. If you are using the same device for Zoom and this too, find a solution so that we can use them at the same time.
  • Use the device with the biggest screen you have for the lesson. You need to be able to see the teacher clearly. Phones should be a last resource.
  • Check your camera angle so that the teacher can see the full bow and instrument.
  • If the parent is usually in the lesson, then the parent should be with the student. Make sure you can see the teacher too. Just as in the studio, please avoid other distractions, including your mobile phone. The teacher will be relying heavily on the parent for hands on assistance.
  • If the parent is normally absent from the lesson, the student needs to be in a distraction free environment.

3. When you are ready, about 5-10 minutes before your lesson time, join the meeting by clicking on the “Join Meeting” on the invitation. You will be placed in a virtual waiting room and the teacher will know you are there. You will remain muted, until the teacher unmutes you at your assigned lesson time.

4. This is the time to check some last minute settings. In the bottom left of the screen make sure your audio and camera is unlocked. Remember the teacher needs to unmute you when she is done with the previous student.

Click the up arrow next to microphone.
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Click “Audio settings” (last menu item).
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On the lower right of the window, click “Advanced.”
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These filters are designed for talking, not music; the processors are confused by the sustained notes and overtones which will cause distortions and glitches in the audio.

Go back to the meeting screen and look at the upper left corner of the screen. Click on Turn on original sound. For better sound, listen through your headphones or earbuds instead of using the computer audio, if you have them. When using the tuner or metronome, you will take off your headphones.

Here is a video showing you how to improve the sound for music lessons in Zoom:
Here is a video showing you how to improve the sound for music lessons in Zoom:
From here, you’ll see the following options:

Show in-meeting option to Enable Original Sound from Microphone. Click this one on.

Suppress persistent background noise and Suppress intermittent background noise. Choose disable for both of these.
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Settings for Zoom on an iPad

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Here is a video on how to tune your instrument if you haven’t done this before:
You can download an app that will help you tune. A lot of people love ClearTune, which is $4. If you would like a free one, InsTuner, Tuner & Tuner Lite and Plano are good choices.

CLEANING YOUR INSTRUMENT

NORMAL CLEANING AND CARE
Wiping down your instrument after you play with a soft clean cloth is usually sufficient. Wipe off rosin dust from the strings and fingerboard, and anywhere else it has accumulated. Wipe rosin from the bow stick, but not the hair.

Areas of high contact with your skin may need extra cleaning (bow hold, chinrest, fingerboard, neck, pegs). We recommend using only natural cleaning products without any alcohol or solvent, like Method All Purpose cleaner. Spray the cleaning solution on a soft cloth, not directly on the instrument! Wipe off dirt, sweat, and makeup. Method All Purposecleaner may also be used to gently clean the front, back, sides, and scroll of your instrument. Instrument varnish is very delicate. Test a small area first to be certain the varnish is not damaged.

NEVER USE ALCOHOL OR SOLVENT-BASED PRODUCTS! ALCOHOL, SOLVENT, AND HAND SANITIZER WILL DAMAGE THE VARNISH ON YOUR INSTRUMENT!

SPECIAL COVID-19 CONCERNS
We recommend that people avoid sharing their instruments. Wash your hands before handling your instrument. Regarding sanitizing and disinfecting your instrument: You can safely use a dab of rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab or tiny piece of cloth to wipe ONLY the strings and fingerboard of your instrument.

DO NOT TOUCH ANY OTHER PARTS WITH ALCOHOL.

NEVER USE ALCOHOL- BASED PRODUCTS ON VARNISHED WOOD! ALCOHOL, SOLVENT, AND HAND SANITIZER WILL DAMAGE THE VARNISH ON YOUR INSTRUMENT!
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Suzuki String School of Guelph (located in the Guelph Youth Music Centre)
75 Cardigan Street, Guelph, ON N1H 3Z7

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