Recently Music Star Studios has been branching out into the new world of music lessons by webcam. This is an exciting adventure for us. We are connecting with people around the world who have a desire to study a musical instrument and want the freedom of studying it from the comfort of their living room. I was very skeptical of the webcam music lesson.
The Music Lesson by Webcam from a Skeptic’s Point of View
Recently Music Star Studios has been branching out into the new world of music lessons by webcam. This is an exciting adventure for us. We are connecting with people around the world who have a desire to study a musical instrument and want the freedom of studying it from the comfort of their living room.
I was very skeptical of the webcam music lesson. Throughout my 15 years of formal piano lessons, I always went to a teacher’s studio and took my piano lessons there. It was a very traditional setting with a hands-on approach to learning how to play the piano. In fact, I am such a traditionalist when it comes to my own playing that, while I do have some very nice weighted keyboards that travel well, I ALWAYS prefer playing my acoustic piano!
So there you have it. I am definitely a skeptic of any music lesson by webcam replacing a traditional music lesson, be it piano, guitar or any other instrument.
But, as any business owner dealing with those younger in age with different ideas, and in the interest of trying to be “progressive”, “forward thinking” and not a “stick-in-the-mud”, I decided to give the music lessons by webcam a try. They are, after all, more affordable ($20 per 30 minute lessons versus $30 per 30 minute lesson in-home) and extremely convenient!
I am happy to report that Music Star Studios does have a webcam student! He is a 9-year-old beginning guitar player taking lessons with our teacher Cameron Cleland. Cameron had previously taught guitar lessons by webcam in another state and was comfortable with it. Cameron also has a procedure he follows where he prints out the homework from the guitar lesson on Finale and emails it to the student!
To protect their privacy, I am going to change the names of the family who chose to have their son (let’s call him Andy) take guitar lessons by webcam. The mother, Teresa, initially contacted me from our Facebook page and asked a lot of questions about the webcam music lessons. She said that the reason she was considering them was because she knew that we had good teachers and that they lived in a small town where not a lot of good guitar teachers were available. Teresa did not have a guitar and knew she would need to get one. I put her in touch with Cameron and together they selected the best guitar for Andy as a beginner.
The first lesson went extremely well! I checked in with them after it and here is what Teresa had to say (and this is a quote from her email – I have changed the father’s name to Randall):
> Hi Emily!
> [Andy] loved it! I couldn’t be there, so [Randall] was with him. [Randall] really
> had doubts about this whole thing (being over the internet rather than
> in person) and I was expecting to come home and [Randall] tell me that it
> was too hard, but he thought it was great and [Andy] loved it! [Andy] has
> guitar homework to do which is good. So we look forward to the next
> lesson. Thanks for checking in with us. 🙂
After that response, I checked in with the guitar teacher Cameron. Here was the response from his email:
> I was able to easily teach him how to tune and form some basic chords.
> Since my system for learning is not strictly based on visuals (i.e.
> the student needing to just watch me play it, which is a terrible way
> to teach guitar anyway haha), AND since using a webcam isn’t visually
> ideal (something I think most people seem to have trouble getting
> over) It worked out perfect! All I needed the webcam for was to check
> and make sure he was doing it right. He learned it really fast, and
> then later on I used finale to wright out what I wanted him to work
> on, and emailed the practice materials as PDF’s! I really enjoyed the
I am happy to report that Cameron and Andy are continuing with their lessons and all is still going well!
Enthusiastically written by Emily Lowe, Proprietor of Music Star Studios and a Piano Teacher who Loves her Job!
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