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What is Skype?

Skype is a telecommunications application that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers … via the Internet. Skype also provides instant messaging services. Users may transmit text, video, audio and images

The Skype software application is free. It runs on Windows and Mac computers and is a built-in application in Windows 10.

Why Skype?

Skype provides a means of distance learning from your home or anywhere in the world. You can take your music lessons via the Internet instead of in person at the school.

Equipment Requirements

  • A computer with Skype software installed.
    If you experience issues with Skype, please refer to the Skype Support Page.
    Mac users should refer to the Mac Support Page.
  • Computer accessories including a web camera and audio output via either speakers or headphones. The camera should be preferably high-resolution that produces clear video and can be aimed at your hands to allows the instructor to see what your hands are doing.
  • A high-speed or broadband connection to the Internet.

Enrollment Requirements for Skype Lesson Delivery

  • You must have a verified PayPal account. To sign up, see the PayPal website.
  • Prepay your lessons using PayPal. Skype lesson rates are $35 per half-hour and $65 per hour. Better rates are available on bulk payments of 4 or 5 lessons.
  • Allow sufficient time for payments to clear and the school to be notified of your payment. You will be notified by the school when your payment is received.
  • In order to maintain a steady lesson schedule, regular advance payments should be made, allowing sufficient time for processing and notification.

Skype Online Lessons

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Skype Lesson Delivery

  • Once payment has been cleared, a time will be scheduled for the first lesson that is agreeable to both the student and the school.
  • The school will email you the Skype connection name. You are responsible for initiating the Skype call.
  • Be sure to test your connection prior to each session.
  • An email account should be open throughout the lesson, preferably one that can receive .mp3 files, .pdf files and .zip files as needed.
  • Playing together successfully is dependent on robust and effective connection speeds and might not be possible at all times.
  • Poor Skype connections can sometimes be rectified by ending and reinitiating the connection.
  • Time management is important, so students are requested to stay focused throughout the lesson. The instructor will manage the lesson time as appropriate.

Canceling and Rescheduling Skype Lessons

  • Once allocated, lesson time slots belong to the student and under normal circumstances cannot be assigned to anyone else. It is difficult to reschedule a cancelled lesson, and if the lesson cannot be rescheduled, the lesson will be forfeited.
  • Requests to reschedule a Skype lesson must be made at least 48 hours in advance. The school reserves the right to reschedule the lesson or to have it forfeited. Please see Making Up Private Lessons on the School Policies and Protocols page.

Tips for a Productive Skype Lesson

  • Have all materials, audio files, instrument and equipment ready.
  • Set the webcam so the instructor can see your instrument fretboard as required.
  • Maintain focus on the lesson.

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