Virtual lessons- do they really work?

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Virtual lessons- do they really work?

This question often arises among aspiring musicians and their parents. As musicians who have navigated the world of music education both in-person and online, we’ve seen firsthand the benefits and challenges of virtual music lessons. Let’s dive into the key aspects to determine their effectiveness.

In recent years, virtual music lessons have gained immense popularity, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated remote learning solutions. One of the most significant advantages of virtual music lessons is accessibility. Students can connect with highly qualified instructors from around the world, without the need to travel. This broadens the pool of available teachers, allowing students to find the perfect match for their learning style and musical goals. And of course, the elimination of commuting time makes it much easier to fit practice and lessons into a busy schedule!

Modern technology enhances the virtual learning experience with high-quality video conferencing, digital sheet music, and interactive apps. Nowadays, teachers can share screens, annotate scores in real-time, and offer immediate feedback, making lessons engaging and personalized. Teachers can also use multiple camera angles and detailed verbal instructors to address posture, sound production, and technique. At West Amadeus, we send over a short document to all virtual students to help our students and teachers have the best audio/video settings for virtual lessons. With such advanced technology, teachers can tailor their approach to each student’s needs and pace.

We have also found that virtual lessons can even assist in the student’s musical growth and discipline. Many students feel more secure and comfortable at home, which reduces performance anxiety. Additionally, virtual lessons can foster self-discipline and independence in students, as they must take more responsibility during lessons. This can lead to greater self-motivation and time management skills. For example, the teacher cannot just reach over and fix a student’s arm posture over the computer. Thus, the teacher will have to give thorough instructions to the student on how to do this and why it’s important, which in turn will lead the student to physically fix such issues on their own.

So, do virtual music lessons work? Absolutely! They offer convenience, access to a wider range of instructors, and musical growth in students. Success depends on a proactive approach to overcoming the lack of physical presence, both on the part of the teacher and the student. And of course, a strong internet connection will help. Virtual music lessons can be just as effective as traditional in-person instructor, and technology will only continue to enhance this potential.