Frequently Asked Questions

Online Lessons

Do you offer online voice lessons?


Yes. Online lessons are usually conducted over Zoom, but can also be conducted over Skype, or any other platform suitable for voice lessons.




What are the differences between online and in-person lessons?


The main difference would be piano accompaniment on scales. Instead of playing along while students are singing vocal exercises, the teacher will first play the scale, and the student will sing it back. This is to avoid latency issues disrupting the flow of the lesson.




How should I prepare for an online lesson?


1. Location Find a quiet spot that is well lit, and a camera angle that allows your head and upper body to be seen when standing. A pile of books will raise the height of a laptop. 2. Microphone If your computer, laptop, or tablet, has an inbuilt microphone, that works well enough. If you have an external microphone that you can connect to your device, that would be a bonus, but is not necessary. If using external microphones, do thoroughly test out the microphone before the lesson and ensure that the right settings are applied. 3. Earphones Some people prefer to use them and some do not. Feel free to try them out. 4. Additional device for backing tracks If possible, have an additional device (e.g. smartphone) ready, apart from the one you are using for the video call. This device will be used to access and play any backing tracks needed. This is to avoid the high possibility that you cannot be heard if the backing track and the video call are running on the same device.




I'm all ready! What's next?


1. Download and install the latest version of Zoom from Zoom's official website.
2. Enable 'Turn On Original Sound' settings for Zoom on desktop or mobile. Step by step instructions can be found here. 3. Test out your settings, making sure your microphone and speakers are at a comfortable volume.





General

Where are you located?


Our home studio is located in the west of Singapore, at Choa Chu Kang, walking distance from South View LRT station.