I am pleased to say that the idea of skype piano lessons happened in my home. It’s something I have been wanting to do but needed the right situation to launch. A wonderful family in Kansas wrote asking to give it a try and we have now had 2 successful lessons.
I have used skype for years as a means to communicate from one part of the world to another. I have chatted with friends and family during travel and have kept up with my own children as they live in different parts of the world. But teaching my first lesson was exhilarating! There were a couple of unpredicted challenges, but the child, parents and I were jazzed by the success and fun. I offered the first lesson for free but by the end of the lesson I knew I would be hearing from them again.
The family called for a second lesson as their child was preparing for a national music festival. We invited the child’s home private piano teacher to attend our skype lesson. It was great having the conversation taken to a higher level; not only could I advise the student, but the teacher and I were able to collaborate.
I just received a note from the family saying that the child received a “superior +” rating at the festival. Of course the credit goes to the diligent work of the child and the dedicated coaching of the home teacher. But it was an amazing feeling to know that, from the other side of the country, I was part of the discussion and learning process.
Once again, I am not suggesting that skype lessons are a substitute for a real live teacher. But skype lessons are a wonderful way for teachers to work together for the betterment of teaching children. Plus, they are a very fun method of learning and keeping a child engaged in music.