Treble Strings has been providing online lessons since 2016. And I've heard all of the reasons that learning online is supposedly inferior to learning in person.
You can't touch your students. (I would argue that's a good thing.)
You can't see things from multiple angles. (You can't see from multiple angles at the same time in person, either, and both people and cameras can be moved.)
You can't hear as well. (There are ways around this.)
You have to deal with connection issues. (There are ways around this, too.)
But what I almost never see are the advantages that online lessons have, the reasons I actually prefer them over teaching in-person: reasons that have nothing to do with social distancing, by the way. (That's a different blog post.)
So, here are five reasons online lessons are better than traditional studios.
1. You have more options.
If you take lessons online, there are probably a lot more teachers to choose from than what you have available locally. Often, in a small community, there may only be one or a few options, and if something doesn't work out, then you're out of luck. No teacher is right for every student, so it's good to have options if you don't get it right on the first try.
2. You can learn whenever and wherever you are most comfortable.
Do you prefer lessons early in the morning or late at night? There's probably an online teacher in another time zone who can work with you. Do you feel most comfortable in your bedroom or perhaps outside? Well then that's where your lesson can be held. You have control over your own learning environment instead of using a studio that might distract you for one reason or another.
3. Parents can multitask.
If you have to drive your child to the studio for a half-hour lesson, that's likely a half-hour plus however the round trip takes in which you can't do anything productive unless it can be done from your phone. However, if your child is taking lessons in the living room, you can watch and listen while you make dinner in the kitchen.
4. You don't have to travel.
If you have a long commute and then have to pick the kids up from daycare, you probably don't want to do more driving before you can go home. If lessons are online, you don't have to. You can have your groceries delivered. So why not have music lessons delivered, too?
Because you aren't traveling, you also aren't paying for gas or for wear and tear on your vehicle.
5. The technology allows for more instruction time during lessons.
When I teach online, it's easier for me to type lesson notes and watch my student play at the same time. Once upon a time, I used to take my laptop to lessons, but it was just one more thing I had to set up. Then, I started using my phone, but I can't type as fast on my phone, so that took away from the lesson. Now, I can type on my laptop while I watch the student play, and then I don't have to sacrifice instruction time to provide the student with notes of things to practice between lessons.
That's not the only way online lessons save time, either. You can tune your instrument and warm up before the lesson starts, and you don't have to end lessons early enough to put your instrument away before the next student arrives.