By all appearances, the world is in for some disruptions in the coming months.
A number of my teaching colleagues have told me that they are gearing up to teach their school classes online due to the possibility of isolation measures that could be implemented due to coronavirus concerns. In fact, I just learned that my son's university classes are going to go online next Wednesday, just as a "test," in case they have to conduct classes that way for a while, due to this growing outbreak. Already in Japan and Italy, students are in the midst of a month-long shutdown of schools.
As a private teacher, it's making me consider the possibility of giving Skype lessons to my private students, if it comes to that.
Of course, many people have taken Skype and online lessons for a long time, for many reasons. Perhaps you would like to take from a teacher who lives in a different city, or your teacher goes on a long trip and you want to continue lessons, or you wish to take Greek fiddle lessons from someone in another country -- how wonderful it is, that we can do this via the Internet!
If everyone does end up isolated or in "lockdown" or in quarantine, there is some good news: you still can practice your instrument. And you can continue your violin, viola or other music lessons, if you can get things set up.
For example, I love the story about violinist Anthea Kreston giving her Chinese student extra lessons while he was under lockdown in Chengdu because of the coronavirus. She had been giving him weekly online lessons, but during that time she offered to check in with him on a daily basis.
So I wanted to ask everyone, have you ever had online lessons? And what I'm talking about here is lessons with a designated teacher, not simply finding videos online (although that can be very helpful!). If not, would you consider doing so? If you have experience teaching or taking lessons online, what is your advice? Can you teach and learn in much the same way, or are there some specific adjustments that are helpful? What kinds of lessons work best online? Do you have logistical advice? Are there other ways to supplement lessons, when an in-person lesson is not possible? Please participate in the vote, and then share your thoughts.
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