There’s been a lot of hype recently about online-based music lessons, spanning everything from YouTube tutorials to lessons via Skype. But are online lessons the right choice for you? As with any decision, you’ll want to consider the pros and cons of each option.
For a quick chord reference, the Internet can be a great resource. But when it comes to music lessons, you’ll learn much more with lessons that are tailored to your individual needs. If your learning method isn’t customized (say, if you’re relying on YouTube videos), it can be all too easy to focus on the wrong things or develop bad habits. Moreover, it takes a lot of self-discipline, and with that, a greater potential for distractions.
Luckily, this is where live online music lessons fit in. Students going this route receive all of the benefits and convenience of pre-recorded video lessons – available wherever you have an Internet connection – but still get a structured, scheduled time with a private teacher. When you’re learning a new instrument, this individual attention alone can be worth the cost!
So, what are some of the other advantages for online music lessons?
- In-home convenience: Busy families don’t have to worry about shuffling kids between activities – simply boot up your computer, sign into your Skype account, and you’re ready to go! It can also be ideal for students with limited mobility, or students who live in more remote areas.
- Expand your teacher options: With online lessons, you’re not limited to the teachers in your immediate area – which increases your chances of finding a teacher who fits best with your goals and interests.
- Manage your time better: Without the hassle of commuting, you’ll have extra time to warm-up before your lesson. You can also practice the material immediately after your lesson, while it’s still fresh in your mind. Moreover, you won’t have the added distractions that being in an unfamiliar studio can bring, so there’s a better chance that you’ll stay on task – according to a study in the American Journal of Distance Education, off-task behavior comprised 36% more time during in-person lessons compared with online learning.
- Record your lessons: There are several programs out there that allow you to record on-screen activity for reviewing later on. Some examples are SuperTinTin and Evaer (although these require you to purchase the program, free trials are available for both). Paired with your lesson journal, you’ll have quick access to all of your teacher’s suggestions and notes.
So, are online lessons right for you? Ultimately, that choice will come down to personal preference, your schedule and your individual learning style. But for families, parents, business travelers or anyone pressed for time, live online lessons can be the perfect way to fit personalized music instruction into a busy schedule.
Sound intriguing? TakeLessons is pleased to announce our new online lessons option, available to students in all areas. To take part, you’ll need the following:
- Broadband internet: At least 400 kps. Most internet connections have at least that, but you may want to check
- Skype account: Free and easy to download. Just click here: For Windows or for Mac
- Webcam – Most computers and tablets have this built in, but you can also buy one separately
- And, of course, your instrument!
Simply call us at toll-free 855-557-9519 to learn more and book your lessons – our student counselors are ready to answer all of your questions! (Bonus: Check out our sneak peak video here!)
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