Instructor/Presenter Jon Burr is a veteran musician and arranger with top-name credits in Jazz, Classic Pop, and Broadway pits, an author on the Finale Blog, Garritan Blog, Scoring Notes Blog, and Of Note Blog, the proprietor of arrangerforhire.com, and a Finale user since 1993. He’s a passionate teacher, writing articles about advanced problems and solutions he’s found for them.
Zoom “Cloud Conferencing” makes Finale Lessons Online possible, having developed a platform that enables screen share and remote control with any participant in the class without creating an account (unique to Zoom).
Using Zoom is intuitive and simple. On starting a meeting, you’ll get a prompt requesting permission for Zoom to download its app to your computer. Grant it permission and follow through on the install, and you’ll be in the meeting without any further fuss.
You’ll have the opportunity to check your audio and video settings before joining. If you want to share audio output from Finale, make sure its output device is set to the same as your computer’s microphone. In most cases, the computer’s built-in audio and video are fine.
Each class will start with a short tour of the Zoom interface.
During a screen share, when you grant remote control access to the instructor, you’ll see your own cursor move to the menu item and relevant dialog addressing the topic under discussion.
Participants can view the screens of others when they’re shared.
During the class, participants will be able to signal a raised hand, or send a chat message to the instructor.