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Live Online Lessons
Through Live Online Lessons at MacPhail, you can be connected with a MacPhail teaching artist using video and audio technology, creating an exceptional music learning experience from ANY LOCATION. Instruments available for Live Online Lessons are: piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello, harp, flute, clarinet, trumpet, low brass, saxophone and percussion.
Combined In-person and Live Online Lessons
If you live within driving distance of any MacPhail location (Minneapolis, Apple Valley, White Bear Lake), you may choose to take Combined In-person and Live Online Lessons to best meet your life style needs. Combined Lessons offer the best of both worlds, flexibility of lessons at a convenient location for you and the opportunity to interact face-to-face with your instructor at MacPhail. Instruments available for Combined In-person and Live Online Lessons are: piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello, harp, flute, clarinet, trumpet, low brass, saxophone and percussion.
Daytime Flex Pack for Live Online Lessons – 8 flexible lessons within one semester
Daytime Flex Packs for Live Online Lessons offer flexibility to accommodate your busy schedule and help you achieve your unique musical goals. Simply schedule 8 Live Online Lessons during the 18 week semester on any weekday from 9 am – 3 pm CST. Unexpected scheduling conflict? Our cancellation policy gives you the option of canceling your lesson up to 48-hours in advance, without forfeiting the lesson. Whether you travel for work or leisure, juggle kids' extracurricular activities, or live in an area where options for studying your instrument are limited, MacPhail's Daytime Flex Pack can help you experience the joy of music-making. Complete the Student Interest Form to begin the next step of your musical journey.
Exclusive Package for Homeschool Students
Individual Instruction - Four Online Lessons for $108!
Receive four 30-minute individual online lessons from an outstanding teaching artist, from the convenience of your home. Any K–12 homeschool student registering as a first-time student at MacPhail is eligible to participate in this package, a 25% discount from standard tuition rates.
What instruments are offered?
Piano, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, Harp, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion
What levels are offered?
Online lessons are available for all levels, including beginning, intermediate, and advanced instruction.
When are individual lessons scheduled?
Lessons must be scheduled on weekdays between 10 AM and 3 PM CDT, at a time that is convenient for you and your instructor. Students generally prefer to schedule lessons on a weekly basis to maximize success. All four individual lessons must be completed within two months of the first scheduled lesson; all other lessons will be forfeited.
What kind of equipment will I need?
To make the most of your lessons, you will need a fast-processing computer, a reliable Internet connection, and a built-in or external webcam and microphone. For more specifics, please refer to “Equipment and Technology Support” on MacPhail’s Online Lesson page.
How can I register?
Please contact Kristin Shoemaker, MacPhail Online Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the process of being matched with a teacher to suit your needs and interests.
Benefits of Live Online Lessons
Whatever your lifestyle, schedule, or geographic location, Live Online Lessons allow you the opportunity to study music with a MacPhail teaching artist at your time and place of convenience.
Equipment and Technology Support
To ensure a successful online connection you’ll need the following: a fast and reliable Internet connection; a fast-processing computer or tablet; a good quality web-camera (built-in or external); a good quality microphone (built-in or external).
Technical support: MacPhail’s specially trained Student Service representatives will personally guide you through your technical set-up to optimize your music learning experience. If you require additional assistance, MacPhail’s IT department is available to answer your questions.
If you are interested in learning more about specific technical recommendations, please refer to these guidelines.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve already registered for in-person lessons at MacPhail, but I’m interested in substituting Live Online Lessons for a few of my in-person lessons. Is that possible?
Yes, MacPhail offers Combined In-person and Live Online Lessons. More than 40 of MacPhail’s instructors have experience in offering flexibility to their students with Live Online Lessons. Talk to your instructor about this possibility.
What if I experience technical issues during my lesson?
In the rare case that MacPhail’s server or hardware fails, preventing video calling for more than 20 percent of the scheduled lesson, the lesson will be made up by the MacPhail instructor at a later date with no additional cost to the student. If the technical issue is generated from the student side, the lesson will not be made up.
Are there any disadvantages to choosing Live Online Lessons over in-person lessons?
Video calling compresses the sound of your instrument, making it harder for your instructor to hear certain musical intricacies (tone, dynamics, voicing, etc.). However, by exchanging pre-recorded audio tracks and videos with your instructor or by choosing Combined In-person and Live Online Lessons, this issue can be greatly diminished.
There is also a very small delay in Live Online Lessons which can make it difficult for teacher and student to play together in perfect ensemble. To work around this problem, MacPhail online instructors have created video and audio backing tracks for students to work with. Instructors also encourage students to be involved in other in-person ensemble experiences.
How can I be sure that Live Online Lessons are a good fit for me or my child?
If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of instruction, you have the option of withdrawing from additional instruction after four Live Online Lessons, and will receive a refund for the remainder of that semester’s tuition..
How to Register
Complete the Student Interest form and indicate your specific interest in Live Online Lessons. Once we have received your interest form, you will be contacted by one of our Student Service representatives who will assist you in your technical set-up and match you with the best instructor in your musical journey.