June 21, 2013 at 5:08 PMIt's easy to get intimidated by all the new technology out there, but it feels more friendly, once we realize we can use it to do our bidding!
I was having thoughts such as these, when writing this week about Nathan Cole and his online violin program with ArtistWorks. It's so much easier to exchange videos, reach people from around the globe and see their faces. A teacher can go out of town and continue to teach his or her students via Skype, the whole time. You can take a lesson or two from an out-of-town teacher, or teach one to an out-of-town student. You can sign up for special programs like ArtistWorks. You can simply go to YouTube and find tutorials. You can make videos for your students to use in their practicing.
I was asking myself the question, have I taken lessons, or taught, via the Internet? I realized that the answer was yes: when I was doing a public school elementary program a few years back, I made a series of beginner videos to help my students practice at home, as they were not getting the one-on-one attention that they would get from private instruction.
So I have a two-part question for the Weekend Vote: Have you ever taken a lesson online? And have you ever taught one, and that includes making instructional videos that you've posted? Feel free to comment with your experiences, teaching and learning online, and to share links.
Some time ago I posted a blog here about my experiences: http://www.violinist.com/blog/Zlata/20133/14484/
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