The age of virtual music lessons is here. The computer geek music teacher is no longer the only type of teacher who gives distance lessons. Catherine Saint Louis wrote a good article yesterday in The New York Times (With Enough Bandwidth, Many Join the Band), and the enthusiasm of responses by readers shows that this subject is one that still carries a lot of novelty and excitement.
Music teacher conferences such as MTNA’s national conference have offered technology sessions that address distance lessons for several years now. Many teachers are doing it, and it’s filling a much-needed gap in society’s need for lessons, especially for students in rural areas who don’t have access to music teachers. I’ve given some piano lessons successfully via Skype and Google+, although not without some challenges. Continue reading