Teacher Quality and Selection
If you’re lucky enough to have a top-quality piano teacher in your neighborhood, that’s wonderful! Unfortunately, many people don’t. In this new world of internet learning, you can take lessons from some of the best, most talented music teachers around the world, no matter where you live. You can look online and find dozens of options.
When you study with a private music instructor, you schedule a time to meet with your teacher every week. This time slot has to fit in your schedule and your teacher’s schedule and that doesn’t always work. With online lessons, you pick the time that works for you. It could even be a different time every week. Lessons happen when you want them and where you want them.
Private lessons cost a lot of money. Lessons from a reasonably qualified teacher tend to be between $100 and $200 per month. Some online lessons will cost about the same if your teacher is video conferencing with you. This is because you’re still paying for individual attention. On the other hand, if your teacher records the lessons, the cost can be much less because one lesson can be used to teach many students.
Keep Learning Seven Days a Week
With traditional private lessons, when the lesson is over, you don’t get to interact with your teacher again until next week. If you get stuck on something, you have to wait until the next lesson to ask about it. If you finish your assignment early and want to move ahead, you won’t get any additional guidance until your next lesson. Even worse, if you’re practicing something incorrectly, you can go for a whole week without realizing it.
Online lessons allow you to move at your own pace and keep learning all week long. If you don’t understand something, you can watch the lesson as many times as you want – your teacher won’t mind! If you master a lesson quickly, there’s another lesson ready to be watched. You can also compare your own playing to the lesson video any time, and correct any mistakes yourself.
All this is not to say that learning music online is ideal for you. Working with an experienced teacher to guide you (or your child) has immense value. Music teachers will offer personal attention and individualized tips and ideas to help you or your child grow as a musician.