Andy Wasserman
Submitted: Mon, February 6, 2017 - 1:58am EST
online music lessons for private students may be just what you're looking for
Are you considering taking private lessons online? Wondering if that may be the best solution for you? Professional musician and educator Andy Wasserman explains why distance learning via video chat may be just what you're looking for.

Most music teachers and students agree that in-person private lessons provide a wonderful environment and solid foundation for learning how to play an instrument. As of 2017, online distance learning has grown in popularity as a viable alternative, due to the availability of free video-chat services like Skype, Google Hangout Video Chat, Face Time and ooVoo for face-to-face webcam streaming.

Although it works best for teens through adult ages (beginner through advanced levels), some older children may enjoy this method of learning as well. Private lessons online are now offered by more teachers and music schools than ever before. Search engine results for "online music lessons" will come up with results that fall into two distinct categories:

  • Subscription based and/or pre-packaged learning program products with software programs, DVDs, links to online videos and a "one-size-fits-all" approach to all students.
  • Customized, personal, one-on-one lessons that emulate the experience of the time-tested in-person music lessons.

Here are some of the reasons why customized, personal one-on-one lessons may be the much better solution for you, especially if you do not have access a teacher where you live:

Quality of the teacher: Most educators agree it is better to have online lessons with an excellent teacher than it is to have in-person lessons with a less qualified teacher.

Searching for the best instructor to suit your needs: Seeking a new teacher using internet search options broadens the possibilities since choices are not restricted to one’s local geographical area.

Connecting with the right teacher: Lessons online give students the opportunity to communicate and develop a relationship with a qualified and experience teacher whose mentorship can help them attain their goals.

Added benefit - Recording the Lessons: While students always have the option to record their in-person lessons, it rarely happens. But students can easily record and archive online lessons for review at a later time with digital recorders or apps.

Immediate Practicing: Students who take lessons online can practice immediately after the lesson when ideas are fresh and when energy levels are still high.

Warming Up: Students can warm up on their instrument and review their assignment right before their lesson, and have the advantage of playing their own instrument in the comfort of their own home during the online lesson.

Increased student performance: Research studies have found that people tend to be very focused when interacting via webcam, email and/or phone with minimal off-task distracting behavior during the lesson.

The study of a musical instrument accelerates the growth of intelligence and establishes a keen sense of personal discipline while nurturing the valuable virtue of patience.

By focusing the mind on listening and calming the nerves, music making is one of the healthiest outlets for self-expression, balance, intuition, creativity and joy – key ingredients in the development of SEL (Social and Emotional Learning).

Here's a great article from the New York Times discussing how music lessons on webcams are growing in popularity:

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