Skype Lessons: Effectiveness And Teacher Recommendations
I’m currently a high school junior living near Niagara Falls, Canada. I’m trying to find a new teacher, but have exhausted all options that I know of in the area. My parents are unable to drive me to the GTA for lessons, so we’re considering Skype lessons. Can anyone attest to the effectiveness of these lessons? If it is indeed a good option, does anyone have any recommendations for intermediate-advanced level teachers? For reference, I’ve played Paganini Caprice no. 16 and was working towards RCM Level 10 before I stopped taking lessons with my teacher in December. Sadly I don’t have any professional aspirations as my current level of playing is too low to even imagine the possibility of getting into a top music school. In short, I just want to find a teacher who can help me improve quickly for my own satisfaction.
Well, for one, your current level of playing is quite impressive compared to the average high-school junior, if you're playing at RCM 10-level. I imagine there are very few music schools you could not get into if you work hard for the next couple of years.
What were the reasons for stopping with your teacher in December? Would you consider going back to them if you cannot find a Skype teacher? Or was the distance an issue.
My son has been taking Skype lessons exclusively for the past four years. While he would have preferred to have these lessons in person, it was the best option for us at the time. One thing that helped was the fact that he had a solid relationship with the teacher prior to moving to our location. The Skype lessons were an extension of that foundation that had been built. On occasion, he will fly to have a lesson with his teacher, but 95% of the lessons are done through Skype.
If you don't have a teacher who can be in the same room with you, I think Skype or FaceTime lessons can be a good alternative. My teacher also works as a session musician, and as a touring musician. Subsequently, some of our lessons are on Skype either from Europe or Australia or wherever she or I may be in the United States. Now the vast majority of our lessons are in person and one-on-one, but this is something that might help you. I'll give you her website, and encourage you to contact her for possible lessons. Frankly, I think she's excellent, and extremely skilled. Plus, she laughs at my bad jokes. The only downside to these lessons is the obvious fact that she can't reach out and correct something by moving my arms or fingers. Also, if I have a question about the music, I have to hold it up to the camera. However, these are problems that can be resolved with ease and a little imagination. Here is her website https://www.mirabaipeart.com If she can't do it, perhaps she can recommend someone who can. Best of luck.
Doesn't a train connect the Niagara Falls area and Toronto? Isn't there also bus service? Your parents driving is not the only option.
Thank you all for your responses!
You can certainly talk to my son’s teacher. You can find her at the New Jersey Academy of Music where she is the director. http://www.njaom.com/about#faculty
Eastman is only an hour and a half away I believe. You could contact a teacher there maybe
I find Skype lessons work really well! I teach on Skype and have had lessons on Skype and both have worked great. Just make sure you have good wi fi! :)
SKYPE LESSONS WORK!!!
Very timely post, since virtually every violin teacher I know is now teaching online (myself included). This is probably a great time to approach almost any teacher you are interested in studying with about Skype lessons since everyone is learning the technology and most musicians are looking for additional online students to offset the income loss from cancelled gigs.
I teach Online Violin Lessons, but I use Zoom Meetings. They work very well and i would love to work with you if you are interested.
I am hoping that some enterprising teachers will start doing live online masterclasses.
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