During the novel coronavirus pandemic, many music students have switched from in-person music lessons, to online music lessons.

And they’ve had a lot of questions!

So here are the most common questions we’ve been getting about online music lessons.

Are online lessons less good than in person music lessons?

Our students who have made the transition from in person to online don’t think so.

Take it from them. All these students have made the transition to online from in person.

In fact, there are many benefits to online lessons:

  • Safe and comfortable
  • No wasted travel time or parking tickets
  • Your teacher can help you perfect your at home practice setup
  • Use your own piano or instrument to get the most personalized advice

Are online music lessons less personal?

While you are not physically in the same room as your teacher, you are still working with a person one-on-one!

Your Sage Music teacher will still be creating personalized music lessons, just for you.

In fact, our students have found their online music lessons to be just as personal as their in-person lessons.

But they do miss interacting with other students at the school. That’s why we’ve built an online community, with facebook groups, recitals, open mics,  classes, and other music events all online!

Is there less demonstration and more wasted time talking?

Students often are concerned that they will have to spend more time talking instead of seeing demonstrations.

However, with the right setup, it can be even easier to see. And to be more efficient.

We’ve worked to perfect our teaching setups so that you’ll always be able to see and hear clearly. But you’ll still have to be sure your end of the setup is working too.

We can help you with that, too.

Is it hard to set up? Will I be able to get the right sound and view for my online lesson?

Absolutely. We’ve never had a student who wasn’t able to get a good sound online. Same for video.

You’ll only need a minimal amount of gear to make that happen. And it’s common stuff that you most likely already own.

See the next question for what equipment you might need.

Or read our blog where we provide specific advice for setting up for online music lessons on piano, voice, guitar, violin/viola, cello, drums, flute, clarinet, sax and more.

It’s easy to get set up.

What kind of equipment do I need?

To get started, all you need is a device that has audio and video and connects to the internet.

A computer with a webcam, a laptop, a tablet, or a smart phone are all good enough.

And you’ll only need a 5mbs internet connection speed, which by today’s standards is fairly slow. (Test your speed here.)

There are accessories and other gear which can improve your experience. But none of those are necessary.

We can help you find the right accessories to improve your experience if you are interested.

Do online lessons cost less than in person lessons?

Online lessons cost the same as in person lessons.

You are paying for your teacher’s time and expertise. And you get exactly the same amount of your teacher’s time and expertise when online or offline.

It’s possible to find lower rates elsewhere, absolutely. But nowhere has the same quality of instruction and focus on your goals as Sage Music. So if you are paying less, you are getting less, too.

Will my child sit and pay attention online?

The good news is that kids these days are used to electronic devices.

And most of the time we have great success with kids taking lessons online. To date, we only had one piano student who was unable to do so. She was 2 years old.

Most kids, with their parents supervision, do just fine.