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E-lessons: All You Need to Know

E-lessons: All You Need to Know

11 July 2020

YMM tutors will use Zoom Conferencing to deliver live E-lessons via the internet.

Before your lesson you need to:

  • Make sure you have the Zoom invitation from your tutor. This will be emailed to you.

To help you set up Zoom here’s a handy tutorial made by our friends over at Merton Music Foundation. (Scroll down for download links and FAQs).

Zoom download links:






Will my lesson be at the normal time?

Yes, all lessons and groups will be at your usual times, details of which you can check on your summer term invoice. Exceptions to this are that students from Big Band and Small Band, who will join one of two jazz courses 12-1 every Saturday.

Will the lesson fees be the same?

Yes all fees will be the same as last term, (Big Band and Small Band have been amended to reflect the reduction in time). Bursaries will continue in the same way.

I cannot be physically present at home during my child's lesson. Can they still continue?

Yes. We ask that you join remotely from another device, before you child. You can supervise remotely with your microphone and camera off.

When should I set up Zoom?

Please do this well in advance of your first Saturday lesson, to allow for time to get comfortable with the software. It is a good idea to try this out with a friend or family member before your first lesson.

When should I get ready for my lesson?

For your first lesson it is good practice to set up 10-minutes beforehand, with your instrument and device ready. Zoom waiting rooms will be open 5 minutes before each session and closed 5 minutes into each session.

Where should I get ready for my lesson?

Do not sit in front of a bright window or light, have the light in front of you. Make you sure you angle your camera to see your hands and/or mouth and the whole of the instrument.

Where can I get help with Zoom software?

We encourage you to make use of the video tutorial above, information on Zoom's help page and Zoom's own FAQs.

Can I start a new lesson or activity online?

Yes, provided you have an appropriate instrument at home. Contact us for more information on hiring instruments for the term.

Why have I not been sent an invitation?

Links to group sessions will not be sent out until the Online Code of Conduct has been received. Make sure this is done, check your junk mail/spam and then contact us if you cannot find it.

Why have I not been admitted from the waiting room?

If you have not filled out your Online Code of Conduct, your tutor will have been advised not to admit you to your 1-to-1 lesson or group. Call the YMM phone on 07958445246 if you are having trouble being admitted at the start of your session.

Will Zoom sessions be recorded?

No. Participants will not be able to record and tutors will not be allowed to record. In exceptional circumstances, the YMM management team may record for safeguarding purposes, in which case parents would be informed. See our Online Learning Policy and our Data Protection Policy in full here.

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