You can now have your music lessons online
In the first days of lockdown, we, along with most other people in the world, were thrown into a flurry of finding new ways to run our business; our music lessons studio. Aware that we could no longer have our pupils walking into our studios, and singing or playing our pianos, we had to make hurried plans! Within hours, we were attempting our first online music lessons. It has been a steep learning curve and not without knocks, falls and bruises!
Perhaps the most intimidating obstacle, in the beginning, was the fact that ‘everyone else’ seemed to know better. From the start, social media began posting suggestions on how to ‘improve sound quality’, how to run ‘choir rehearsals’ how to ‘best teach’ your pupils. We felt completely bombarded. Bombarded, but not defeated.
We watched YouTube tutorials, and we read everything we could to try and improve our presentation of lessons. Fortunately, we also have an excellent technician linked to our studio. He was constantly on hand to help. We installed TeamViewer and he would log in from home, to our computers or phones. He worked tirelessly to change settings and sound levels to improve our recordings and presentations.
Did this solve all the problems? Of course not. Many hoops were still lying ahead. The more we worked, the more problems seemed to arise. Some of our equipment needed to be replaced. Some equipment arrived through the post and did not work and needed to be returned to the company. Some companies had reduced staff and were not available to help set up, or answer queries. Sometimes we seemed to take one step forward, but three backwards!
Technology was not our only concern. We had to consider the delivery of lessons. How would we supply accompaniment to singing students? How would we demonstrate hand position and new fingering to piano students? How would we approach composition lessons? Even taking notes to keep track of pupil progress had to be done differently. We could not have coped without the understanding of all our pupils, who knew all too well, that the whole world was grappling with a new way of working.
After ten weeks in lockdown, we are thrilled to note that all our students have made phenomenal progress. We have also found that although we lost pupils at the beginning of lockdown for various reasons, most have returned, eager to continue with their music education. We have found ways around most of the obstacles, and all our students enjoy the lessons. Each day, we look forward to meeting them. Smiling faces, good work and effort fill us with joy!
Indeed, we have found the online music lessons to be so successful, that we believe this is the way forward. It will definitely be a choice people can make when lockdown ends. It opens doors to international opportunity. Snow days need not stop anyone from attending a lesson. Distance is no longer a concern. Busy parents can choose to cut down on travelling time by simply logging into an online lesson.
Lockdown has changed our lives immeasurably. Has it been stressful? Oh yes! Has it defeated us? Oh no!
Quite the opposite, in fact.