Technical Requirements for Online Music Classes IISM »Programs

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Technical Requirements for Online Music Classes

  • You will need a computer with high-speed internet access. Normally your device comes a built-in video camera and microphone. For better results, you may want to purchase an external USB microphone. (See recommended devices.)

    • At the beginning of the semester, students have the option to be scheduled for a test of their technical setup with our Technical Specialist.
    • A video camera
    • A microphone
    • Speakers or headphones
    • An ethernet cable to connect from the modem to your computer.
    • An external USB microphone such as Blue Yeti or Apogee Mic+ is recommended for all instruments.
    • We suggest you obtain a high-speed internet connection from your internet provider. minimum of 100 Mbps (megabits per second) Download Speed and 2 Mbps (megabits per second) upload speed internet connection. A connection of 200 Mbps (megabits per second) or higher Download Speed and 4 Mbps (megabits per second) is recommended. The higher the connection, the more comfortable the experience will be. Internet providers often advertise high download speeds, but upload speeds are sometimes very low in comparison. Please email with questions.
    • Use a computer that is less than 4 years old with an updated operating system, rather than mobile devices or iPads.
    • Make sure your internet connection is stable before you join your classroom or webinar. You will need to do audio testing in advance of the festival. Show up to class 20 minutes before to set up the computer and connection.
    • Computer must be connected to your router by an ethernet cable. Use an Ethernet cable or powerline adapter to connect your computer to your router. If you do not own an ethernet adaptor for a Mac computer, you should purchase a Gigabit Ethernet Adaptor. The newer Mac computers do not have a built-in ethernet port. If unsure which adaptor to purchase, please send your computer system information, type, and year to
    • Don’t use a mobile device as a "hotspot" to connect your computer to the internet, since these connections can be unreliable.
    • If you’re having trouble seeing your teacher or classmates, or if your teacher says your video isn’t visible, it’s most likely due to a spotty internet connection.
    • Make sure all other applications are closed, except the ones you are using for the lesson.
    • Cancel any file transfers during the lesson.
    • Ask your family members to refrain from using the internet for tasks using lots of bandwidth like watching videos or playing video games.
  • Recommended Devices

    • An external USB microphone such as Blue Yeti or Apogee Mic+ is recommended for all instruments.
    • An external USB speaker. Many students use headphones plugged into their computers. The disadvantage is that headphoes are meant to cancel noise and students are not able to hear their intonation as well. An external speaker will help during private lessons when the teacher needs to stop the student to make a correction.
    • A computer with the following minimum technical specs: Intel i7 processor 8 GB RAM, updated software, and a well-performing system.