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Welcome to online learning at Brooklyn Music Factory! Start here to find out all you need to know about online lessons and group classes. If you still need help, contact us through our chat support and our team will get back to you as quick as we can.

Lessons & Classes

What time is my lesson or class?

All lessons and classes will take place at their usual day/time. 

How/where do I log in?

All lessons and classes will take place in Zoom. (Click here for more about Zoom.) To log in to your class:

  • Log into BMFConnect. (Don’t know your BMFConnect login? Click here.)
  • Click “Join Your Lesson”

What do I need for my lesson or class?

We’re keeping it simple. For all lessons and classes, please have the following ready:

  • A device with an internet connection 
  • Any web browser open to your BMFConnect dashboard
  • The Lesson Map your teacher will send you before class. (The Lesson Map will include links to any games/recordings/resources that you’ll be using during your lesson or class.)

And for specific lessons and classes, you can also have the following on hand:

Private Lessons

  • Your instrument (If you don’t have an instrument at home, let your teacher know; there may be some alternatives!)
  • Optional: A whiteboard or paper & markers

MiniKeys      

  • A drum. Hint: You can make a drum out of lots of regular household items, such as a plastic tub, coffee can, a box--you just need something that can make a percussive sound to keep a beat. Make a game out of it and search around your home to find a good sound.                                      
  • A keyboard or a keyboard app for the ipad or phone. (There are lots of free keyboard apps available. Just pick one that looks fun to you. :)
  • Paper and markers

Jam Band 101, Rock Write Record & GirlPop Exploration bands

  • An instrument (if you have one) either rhythmic, melodic
  • A drum. Hint: You can make a drum out of lots of regular household items, such as a plastic tub, coffee can, a box--you just need something that can make a percussive sound to keep a beat. Make a game out of it and search around your home to find a good sound.
  • A keyboard or a keyboard app for the ipad or phone. (There are lots of free keyboard apps available. Just pick one that looks fun to you. :)
  • Writing utensil & paper
  • Space to move around

Rock Write Record & GirlPop Position & Adult bands

  • Your instrument/s. If using an amp, have it plugged in and ready to go. If you are a vocalist, you do not need anything besides your voice!
  • Writing utensil & paper
  • Open https://www.soundtrap.com on your computer. (We’ll use this forum for collaborative songwriting.)

Do we need an instrument at home? What if I don't have one at home or where we are staying?

Private Lessons

Yes, ideally you will have your instrument for your lessons and for practicing in between lessons. However, we understand that not all students have instruments at home--we’re looking at you, drummers! If that’s the case, contact your teacher to discuss solutions.

Bands

It’s awesome if you have some kind of instrument at home. Luckily, it’s super easy to make a percussion instrument at home. (Just use a pot or pan, an upside bucket, a can… :) And you may have a melodic instrument--ie., a guitar or keyboard--at home already. If not, there are plenty of online keyboard and keyboard apps out there. We’ll dive into these more in class, because we’ll use them to collaborate online. So stay tuned for more details!

How will my {guitar, bass, drums, piano or voice} private lesson work?

  • Download Zoom (see below for more details)
  • Log into BMFConnect, go to “Classes” & click “Join Online.”
  • Aim your computer or device’s camera so your teacher can see you AND your instrument. See below for some suggestions!
  • Open the Lesson Map from your teacher. (The Lesson Map will include links to games/recordings/materials you will use in your lesson. You can find it in the Calendar invite your teacher sent you and in your Google Drive.)

How will my band or group class work?

  • Download Zoom (see below for more details)
  • Log into BMFConnect, go to “Classes” & click “Join Online”
  • Open the Lesson Map from your teacher. (The Lesson Map will include links to games/recordings/materials you will use in your lesson. You can find it in the Calendar invite your teacher will send for your lesson and in your Google Drive.)

Will the student be able to join and participate in the online class on their own, or does a parent or caregiver need to be present?

Younger students may need help navigating the technology, but otherwise an adult does not to be present.

Can we change our lesson day/time/length? 

Yes, depending on availability. Contact jessica@brooklynmusicfactory.com to discuss scheduling changes.

I love online music classes. Can I get more? 

We’re glad you’re having fun! Visit www.brooklynmusicfactory.com/bmftv for more music games and lessons from BMF teachers.

Are virtual lessons the same price as in-person lessons? 

Yes, tuition for online and in-person lessons & classes is the same

Can I schedule a makeup lesson if we have to miss a class? 

Click here for details on makeup lessons and classes.

Will I need my binder? Do I need a printer?

You can print out lesson notes if you are able and would like to, but all materials will also be available through BMFConnect.

Getting Started with Zoom

More questions? Read on:

How do I get into Zoom? Do I need an app? Do I need an account? 

  • Download Zoom Note - if you do not wish to download the Zoom app, you can also join the video call from any web browser
  • Start a call with your Teacher’s Zoom Link.

Option 1: Log into BMFConnect and click “Join Your Lesson” 

All lessons and classes will take place at their usual day/time. 

Option 2: Open your “Lesson Map” from your teacher and click Zoom Call. (The Lesson Map will be sent by your teacher the day of your lesson.)

Option 3: Click on the Zoom Link included in your lesson reminder. (Beginning in April, an automated lesson reminder will be sent five minutes before the lesson is scheduled to begin.)

Option 4: Click teacher’s Zoom Link on the Classes Page of BMFConnect

OR ...

What additional software/hardware do I need? (computer vs. tablet vs. phone) 

You will need one device (computer, tablet or phone) to join the Zoom Call
Note - please download the Zoom App for whichever device you are using.

Zoom for Computer

Zoom on Appstore (iPad or iPhone)

Zoom on Google Play (Android phone or tablet)

IMPORTANT: If you have multiple students in the same family that will be attending online lessons at the same time, you will need different devices to join different calls at the same time.

What if I don’t have a Zoom account? 

No problem! You don’t need a Zoom account or to log in to join a Zoom call through a web browser.

I can’t log in and my lesson is starting soon. Help!

We’re here to help! Just click the chat icon in the bottom right corner of your screen and somebody will get back to you right away! Note: We are available 3pm-7:30pm Monday-Thursday, 3pm-6:30pm Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday.

BMF Connect FAQs

How do I log in to BMFConnect?

Click here to go to BMF Connect.

Forgot your password? Click here.

Forgot your BMF Family Username? Email connect@brooklynmusicfactory.com and we'll send it to you.

General FAQs

When will BMF at 600 Degraw reopen? 

We are closely monitoring updates from local authorities. As soon as it is safe to re-open our studios at 600 Degraw, we will do so. Please click here for the latest.

Question about tuition, billing, makeups, cancellation policies? 

Visit our FAQ page for answers.^