Remote Lessons

The Prindle School offers the option of remote lessons through a variety of platforms.  Instructions for accessing these platforms can be found at the bottom of this page. Remote Lessons can take one of three forms:

  1. 100%-remote lessons. Students can take all of their lessons online. We don’t recommend this approach for beginning students since direct contact with a teacher is critical to developing good habits early on.

  2. A blend of on-site and remote lessons. We can customize the blend for each student but some possibilities could include alternating between one on-site lesson and one remote lesson or taking mostly remote lessons  with one on-site lesson per month.

  3. Occasional as-needed remote lessons. In the event that a student is unable to attend a normal on-site lesson at one of our physical locations, remote lessons offer an opportunity to maintain the continuity of an ongoing lesson schedule.

IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE CONNECTING

Before we dive into how to connect, we want to let you know what to do if the steps below don’t work for you. If you have trouble connecting for your lesson, send a text message to the email address for your room number.  (Yes, you read that correctly. Send a TEXT to the email address.  It works — we promise.)  In your text, mention that you’re having trouble connecting and give us the following information:

1. Your name.
2. The platform that you’re using to connect (Skype, Google, etc.).
3. Your username on that platform.

With that information, your teacher can call you, which often solves the problem.  If you don’t receive a call or text response within 2 minutes, call us at 844-929-1909, ext. 1.

HOW TO CONNECT FOR YOUR LESSON

Step 1: Find Your Room Number

To connect with your teacher, you’ll just need the teacher’s room number for your lesson. This was included in your initial registration email.  If you can’t find that email, just contact us at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you with the information that you need. Or, if you take regular lessons on-site and you have an upcoming remote lesson, read on for details about how our rooms are numbered.

Easthampton Video Tour

Hadley Video Tour

Rooms in our Easthampton location are numbered clockwise beginning to your left as you enter our lobby. After proceeding through our lobby, the first room on the left is Room 1. It contains our medium-grand Howard piano. The next door on the same side of the hall is Room 2, which is Nate Christy’s office. On the opposite side of the hall, with a door across from room 1 is room 3. This is our ensemble room with the drum set and various amplifiers. Next to Room 3 is Room 4, which is immediately visible in front of you as you enter the lobby.

Rooms in our Hadley location are numbered clockwise beginning to your left as you enter our lobby. The first room on the left is Room 1. It contains a drum set. The next door on the same side of the hall is Room 2, which is the largest room in our Hadley location. On the opposite side of the hall and all the way to the rear is room 3. This is our Hadley office room. On the same side of the hall closer to the lobby is Room 4, which is home to our medium grand piano.

There is only a single primary room in our Florence location, Room 1. However, some students take lessons in the larger performance space that we share with PanOpera. We refer to that space as Room 2. For remote lesson access, you can call into Room 1 in Florence, regardless of your usual lesson space.

Step 2: Find the Contact Email for Your Room Number

For lessons usually held in Easthampton:

Room 1: [email protected]

Room 2: [email protected]

Room 3: [email protected]

Room 4: [email protected]

For lessons usually held in Hadley:

Room 1: [email protected]

Room 2: [email protected]

Room 3: [email protected]

Room 4: hadley[email protected]

For lessons usually held in Florence:

Room 1: [email protected]

Step 3: Connect via the App of Your Choice

Connect via Skype

Skype is compatible with all platforms. To connect with your teacher via Skype, simply CALL IN at your lesson time using the corresponding room and location.

How to connect from a desktop or laptop computer:

1. In the web browser of your choice, navigate to: https://www.skype.com/en/
2. Click the “Download Skype” button on the page. On next page, click the button labeled “Get Skype for…” and select your operating system.
3. Your computer will download the installation program for Skype. Install the application.
4. Open the application and sign in (if you already have a Microsoft or Skype account) or create an account (it’s free) and then sign in.
5. Once signed in, click the search bar that says “People, groups, and messages.”
6. Type the email for the appropriate room (see below).
7. The room name should appear in the search window below. Click it.
8. On the right side of the screen, it will say the name of your room. Next to that, click the video call icon to place your call.

How to connect from a phone or tablet:

1. Download the Skype app.
2. Open the app and log in using your Microsoft or Skype username and password.
3. Once signed in, click the search bar that says “People, groups, and messages.”
4. Type the email for the appropriate room (see below).
5. The room name should appear in the search window below. Click it.
6. On the top of the screen, it will say the name of your room. Next to that, click the video call icon to place your call.

Connect via Google Hangouts

Google is compatible with all platforms. To connect with your teacher via Google, simply CALL IN at your lesson time using the corresponding room and location.

How to connect from a desktop or laptop computer:

1. Using Google Chrome (or the browser of your choice) navigate to google.com
2. If you are not already signed in, click the “sign in” button in the upper right corner of the window.
3. Once signed in, click the square grid right next to your profile image in the upper right corner of the window.
4. Scroll down and click “hangouts.”
5. Click the link on the screen for “Video Calls.” (If this is your first time using Hangouts, you may need to answer some prompts prior to getting to the main screen for Hangouts. These are generally tutorials and the like.)
6. Click the “Invite People” link.
7. In the window that pops up, type the email for the appropriate room (see below).
8. Click “Invite.”

How to connect from a phone or tablet:

1. Download the Hangouts app.
2. Open the app and log in using your google or gmail account username and password.
3. Once you’re logged in, select the contacts icon at the bottom of the screen (the left-most icon).
4. In the search bar at the top (where it says “Enter name, phone, or email”) type the email for the appropriate room (see below).
5. As you type, the room name should appear in the search window below. Tap it.
6. Then, tap the camera icon in the pop-up menu that appears at the bottom of the screen to place a video call.

Connect via FaceTime

FaceTime is only compatible with Apple products: iPhone, iPad, or Mac computers. To connect with your teacher via FaceTime, simply CALL IN at your lesson time using the corresponding room and location.

How to connect from a desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet:

1. Start by hitting the plus sign inside the FaceTime app on your computer, tablet, or phone.
2. Type the given email address into the search bar and hit enter to initiate the search.
3. When the video call button appears, tap it and you’ll initiate the call

Connect via Zoom

Zoom is compatible with all platforms and is quickly becoming one of our favorite apps to use to connect with students. However, it does require a little more advance planning. To connect with your teacher via Zoom, just email us at [email protected] We will set up a Zoom meeting for you and email you with the link to the meeting prior to your lesson. Please allow us 48 hours prior to your lesson to set up the meeting for you. You only need to do this prior to your FIRST Zoom meeting. We can set up the meeting as a recurring appointment so you can connect to the same weblink any time you have a remote lesson.