The Pros and Cons of Music Lessons Via Skype or Google+

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 quite successfully via Skype and Google+, and when I relocate to a different city in June 2012, I will be giving distance lessons to any of my current students who are interested. Continue reading