As we cross the one year mark of Coronavirus, and begin to enter back into a new “normal”, one question is on everyone’s mind:
What stays virtual?
Clearly, there are certain activities all of us long for being in person again, irreplaceable by technology and Zoom. Eating at a restaurant, attending a live music concert, cheering on your favorite sports teams with thousands of fans. These activities will return in person and we will be all the more appreciative of them.
But what about music lessons? Do virtual music lessons serve only as a temporary substitute for in-person lessons or can there be unique long-term benefits to staying online?
1) Teacher Continuity
It’s the nightmare of every parent: piano lessons are going well, their student is making progress and is comfortable with the piano instructor, and then… someone moves away. Up until recently, that necessitated a termination of lessons, but with online options, it is now possible (should you choose) to continue with your favorite teacher no matter the location!
2) Full Lesson Time
Piano lessons are expensive. And everyone wants to get their full money’s worth. Unfortunately, small things like traffic, taking off shoes, jackets, unpacking books, etc. can often lead to a 2-3 minute delay to the lesson start, adding up to a pretty penny over the course of the year! Online classes eliminate all these delays. All a student has to do is press a button, and they are ready to go!
3) Two Instrument Lesson
Piano lessons run smoother with two instruments. The teacher can immediately demonstrate a technique or passage without kicking the student off the piano bench. While most teachers would agree teaching with two instruments is a superior experience, not all have the financial resources or studio space to purchase multiple instruments. With both teacher and student in their home environments, the lesson space becomes a two instrument experience by default.
4) Fewer Missed Lessons
Going to your cabin or lake house for a couple of weeks? No problem! Find a relatively inexpensive keyboard to bring along, or sign on virtually for a music theory lesson! While not a requirement to attend piano lessons on vacation, it is certainly nice to have the option of not paying for lessons you can’t attend! Online is everywhere, so as long as you have WiFi, so can still connect!
Try it Out!
Instead of viewing online lessons as a temporary solution to the pandemic, I’ve discovered there are numerous benefits to the virtual lesson format. Even beyond the pandemic, I plan on having a permanent online option for piano students near and far.
If online piano lessons sound intriguing, or to find out more, please contact me at email@example.com!