As announced last week, I am very excited to offer virtual lessons. But I get this question all the time: why should I take virtual lessons?
Before I dive into the why, let me be the first to advocate for finding a flute teacher in your area that you can study with in-person. There are countless benefits to being in the same room as your teacher - you can learn so much from watching and listening, and they can correct issues that are difficult to diagnose otherwise.
That being said, here are the four reasons why you want virtual lessons.
Connect with people anywhere in the world. I love all this wonderful technology we have that keeps us closer together. Not only are we able to use it to keep in touch with our friends and family, but we can also use it to expand our networks, meet new people and get new ideas. This applies to the flute! Want a lesson with someone in the next state? What about the next time zone? Even around the world? You can do it!
Save on travel time. Living in Los Angeles, you become very aware of just how long it can take to get around! When you have a virtual lesson, it can be such a life-saver to the parents, students, and the teacher when that time is saved and that stress is completely eliminated by not needing to travel.
Connect from the comfort of home. One thing I hear all the time in lessons is, “it sounded so much better when I practiced at home!” While performing in new places is a good skill to learn, having a lesson from the comfort of home can be a great way to remove some of that “new place” stress and really focus on the skills that need to be developed.
Blended learning. I am a HUGE fan of this blended learning technique! Here’s what it looks like for one of my students:
Week 1: in-person lesson in my studio
Weeks 2-3: virtual lesson using FaceTime
This way, we get the benefits of the in-person lesson, and tend to focus more on posture, positioning, and general sound production. But we also get the benefits of the virtual lessons, save on travel time and stress, and work on musicality, phrasing, and general technique!
This is just one way that blended learning can work - other students of mine have a different schedule or set-up.
Blended learning BONUS! Make-up lessons! Having the option of virtual lessons makes make-up lessons so much easier to schedule, because it is such a time saver. Additionally, if a student is starting to feel sick, they can have a virtual lesson, and keep everyone more healthy!
I hope you can see that virtual lessons can be a great tool. If you have questions, comments or ideas, please let me know!
Check in next time when I discuss some of the difficulties of virtual lessons!
Don’t forget to contact me so we can set up a virtual lesson - I would love to work with you!