Student Portal and Virtual Lessons Setup Guide


Student Portal

I am excited to continue using the Student Portal, an online studio platform, for the 2023-2024 term. The Student Portal is a helpful, convenient tool for music students and their families. I hope you find it useful!

All parents and adult students should have received an e-mail with instructions to log in to the Student Portal. You can also access it by visiting TCPianoStudios.ca. Please ensure that you have accessed your account and familiarized yourself with these main features of the Student Portal before the start of the term:

Contact Information

Once logged in, click on your name at the top of the screen and click on Profile Settings in the drop down menu. Please check that your contact information is up to date. Click on the pencil icon to edit.

Lesson Reminders

To sign up for optional text message/SMS lesson reminders, edit your Profile Settings by clicking on the pencil icon (see above). Please enter a mobile phone number and select both “SMS capable” and “Receive automated SMS reminders”.

Calendar

See upcoming lessons, cancel lessons, and register for makeup lessons and studio events.

  • To cancel a lesson: select the lesson and click on Cancel Lesson. Please specify a reason in the notes.
  • To register for studio events or makeup lessons: select an available lesson or event and click to register. For makeup lessons, please check the lesson location. Virtual makeup lessons are open to all students. Studio lessons are held in-person at the studio, or virtual via Skype. For in-home lessons, please confirm the makeup lesson has the same location (Richmond, Stittsville, Kanata, Nepean, Ottawa) as your normal timeslot.
  • Sync with your personal calendar to see upcoming lessons, events and available makeup slots (you must be logged in to the Portal to cancel or register for lessons).

Lesson Notes

You can view recent lesson notes in the Home section, or in the Attendance & Notes section. Click on the note icon beside the lesson date.

Recommended: Lesson notes can be automatically e-mailed to you after the class. To begin (or stop) receiving lesson note e-mails, please let the teacher know.

Online Resources

Access and download any materials sent by the teacher (e.g. sheet music, recordings, theory exercises and more). Audio and video files can be played in a loop, in sections or at slower/faster speeds to help with practice.

Practice Log

Students or parents can keep track of practice time, set weekly practice goals, upload video/audio recordings of assignments and more!

Student Account (optional)

Students can access many of the features above using their own account. To create a student account, please contact me with the student’s e-mail address to receive login instructions.

Add the Portal to your home screen

Add one-click access to the Portal by adding it to your device’s home screen!

On iOS (iPhone, iPad)

1) Log in to the Student Portal at TCPianoStudios.ca
2) Click the “Share” icon at the bottom of the screen.

3) Scroll down and tap “Add to Home Screen” button on the popup menu.
4) Name the shortcut and then tap “Add“.


This will automatically create a Student Portal icon on your device’s home screen, so you can access it just like an app.
Now when you need to use the Student Portal, just click the link and it will automatically open and log you in on your device.

On Android

1) Log in to the Student Portal at TCPianoStudios.ca
2) Tap the 3 dots located at the top right of the screen, then “Add to Home Screen”.
3) Name the shortcut “Student Portal” (or whatever you’d like), then tap “Add”.
4) Tap “Add to Home Screen”.


Now when you return to your home screen you should see the Student Portal icon. You can now get into your account with a single tap!


Setting up for virtual lessons with Skype

I will be using Skype for virtual lessons. Installation instructions for your specific device can be found here.

Once you have created an account, please search for my e-mail address and add me as a contact.

Please set up your device on a stand or table to the side of the piano so that I will be able to see the student playing in profile with a clear view of the keys. It is helpful if the lighting is good and the device is close enough for clear audio. Students should have a pencil ready so that they can make notes on the music.

More helpful advice for students setting up for virtual lessons can be found here.

2021 update: Skype generally has very good audio quality, but if you are having issues with the sound quality/volume of your piano or keyboard, you can try:

Please let me know if you are having trouble. We will test your audio/video settings before our next class!