Set-up for virtual lessons must occur 10 minutes prior to the lesson so students are ready to join at lesson time. Test equipment prior to the first lesson and consult with your teacher as needed. Set-up for your virtual lesson should be in a common area of your house. If you are under 19, you must have your caregiver(s) within the vicinity of your set-up. If you are in your bedroom or other private area of your house, the instructor reserves the right to end the lesson and ask you to call back after an appropriate set-up has been made.
Please wear clothes that you would normally wear to school or an in-person lesson. Pajamas are not allowed. If a student is in their pajamas or other inappropriate clothing, the instructor has the right to end the lesson and ask the student to log back after they have changed clothing.
Be respectful. Be courteous. Be professional. Etiquette expectations for virtual and in-person lessons are the same.
Offensive Group Class Behavior
Offensive behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. Report offensive behavior directly to the instructor via email or by phone. Do not use the message boards in the virtual lesson window for this purpose.
- Broadband or high-speed connection
- Access to a desktop, laptop, or smart phone with a built-in camera and microphone — headphones are suggested for clean audio reception.
- If on desktop or laptop, a browser such as Firefox or Chrome that will work with Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc. (See Zoom’s web client recommendations here)
- In the event the Omaha Conservatory’s technology prevents a lesson from occurring, your instructor will reschedule the lesson. In the event the student’s technology is not functional, the lesson will follow the Omaha Conservatory’s make-up policy.
Missed Lessons & Make-up Policies
In the event of any student absence, please notify your instructor in advance. If you, a student, miss a lesson due to conflicts, travel, or illness, you will receive one makeup lesson per semester in a group setting. If you, a student, miss your group makeup lesson, it will not be rescheduled. If a teacher misses a lesson, it will be made up as an individual lesson at a mutually agreed upon time.
Purchasing Virtual Lessons
Virtual lessons can be purchased directly at omahacm.org. Invoices may also be emailed upon request. Please note that your payment authorizes only one person to access and participate in the virtual lesson or virtual group class.
For the 2020-21 academic year, Lesson Bundles must be purchased in 3-hour increments at $64 per hour. Families may only purchase one three-hour Lesson Bundle per student at a time. There is no registration fee. These lessons must be used before August 2021 and are non-refundable. Lesson Bundles cannot be combined for multiple instruments.
Students are strictly prohibited from recording individual lessons. Instructors cannot record a session without consent of the student (if over 19) or their caregiver. Occasionally, recording individual lessons and classes facilitates the educational nature of our mission. By participating in a group class, you have the option to turn off your video if you do not wish to be recorded. Sharing course content with others or publishing it is strictly prohibited. Should you share your course content with another person, your access to the lesson and all its material may be immediately revoked.
You grant and give to Omaha Conservatory of Music [“OCM”] the absolute and irrevocable right and permission with respect to the photographs and video footage that OCM or its agents or employees have taken or will take of you or my child in which he/she may be included with others during virtual lessons. You waive all rights you or your child may have to such photographs and video footage. The Conservatory will not use the student’s full name in relation to any video or photographs obtained during lessons or classes. You understand and acknowledge that since your child’s participation is completely voluntary, neither you nor your child will receive any financial compensation or remuneration for OCM’s use of the photographs or video footage. You hereby relinquish any right that you or your minor child may have to examine or approve the completed product or products or the promotional copy or printed matter that may be used in conjunction therewith or the use to which it may be applied.