The future of flute lessons is here, and it’s in the form of online flute lessons! If you’ve been thinking about taking lessons online, you need to know how to prepare for them.
From practicing to setting up your space, here’s what you need to know about practicing for online flute lessons.
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How to Prepare for Online Flute Lessons
While you need to know how to practice the flute, you also need to consider special preparations for online flute lessons. Sure, you can do your lessons in your house, but that doesn’t mean you should just turn on your video chat and call it good.
Make sure you prepare yourself and your space for online flute lessons. Then, you can have the best experience possible.
Use the right setup
Before your lesson begins, make sure you charge your computer or mobile device. You don’t need to charge it completely, but you will need enough battery to get through the lessons.
Online flute lessons via video chat can use a surprising amount of battery. I would recommend having at least 50 to 60 percent battery, ideally more.
You also need to make sure you have a reliable internet connection. That could be a WiFi network or cellular data. However, the best option is an Ethernet cable. But if that’s not available, don’t feel like you need it.
Practice, practice, practice
Further out before your lesson, you should practice. But within the hour or so before, try to warm up for your online flute lessons. Then, you can easily get into your materials without having to try to get your embouchure to work how you want it.
Luckily, practicing for online flute lessons isn’t that different from regular practice. But you should still know the basics.
How to Practice for Online Flute Lessons
Whether you’ve taken flute lessons for a while or are new to it, you need to know how to practice for online flute lessons. You don’t need to do anything differently than if you had in-person lessons, but consider the basics.
Make a practice routine
If possible, create a routine for yourself that tells your mind and body when it’s time to practice. Now that it’s the summer, a lot of students have more time. But even if you work full-time, you can still make time to practice the flute.
Beginners should aim for 10 to 15 minutes to start. As you get more experience playing the flute, you can up your practice to 15 to 30 minutes. More advanced flute players can expect to practice at least an hour.
Know what to focus on
Especially if you don’t have much time to practice, you should know what to practice. If you’re already taking online flute lessons, you can work on things based on what your teacher said in the last lesson.
Think about what areas you can work on to improve your playing. If you haven’t taken online flute lessons, you may not know what to practice. And in that case, you can sign up for flute lessons or get a performance check.
I’ll offer tips and tricks specifically for you so that you can reach your goals!
Come up with questions
While you practice for online flute lessons, think of some questions to ask your teacher. Online lessons can be very effective, but they require a lot of work on your part as the student.
Your teacher can’t feel how fast your air is moving, and they can’t always correct your hand position. If you ever think of anything or find something confusing, write it down.
At your next lesson, you can ask your teacher to clarify it. They can watch and listen to you so that they can address the specific problem.
Play for fun
This may shock some people, but you should try to take some time for fun music. If you like Disney songs, find a Disney songbook for the flute. Read a piece out of there each week and work on it as part of your practice.
You can apply the fundamentals of the flute to your “fun” music, so you can optimize your practice time and keep from getting stressed.
Is Practicing for Online Flute Lessons That Different?
Overall, practicing for online flute lessons is the same as for in-person lessons. You should prepare your lesson materials to the best of your ability. But you also have to consider the differences of the lesson format.
You need more discipline and focus when taking online flute lessons. And if you can’t focus when you practice, it will be hard for you to focus during a lesson.
Are you interested in online flute lessons? Do you want help preparing for them? Be sure to check out the Lesson Studio and enroll in lessons or performance checks!
You can also download the Ultimate Guide to Learning Flute Online to learn the basics of preparing and studying over the internet!