Are online flute lessons right for you? In this blog, I discuss their benefits, how they work, and where they fall short, to help you decide.
The internet is a wonderful place. There is so much information at our fingertips – we can learn just about anything that tickles our fancy! But what about learning music or flute? Traditionally, students interested in learning flute would have in-person one-on-one or group lessons with a private teacher. So does online learning really work?
Thanks to increasingly powerful technology, and a post-pandemic (can we say post-pandemic yet??) culture that has acclimatised us to online learning and communication, more and more people are turning to the convenience of online flute lessons.
There are many advantages to taking online flute lessons. They combine the benefit of bespoke, one-on-one learning with a knowledgeable teacher with the convenience of static self-taught courses.
But online lessons do come with a few disadvantages as well and are not the right choice for everyone. In this blog, I will lay out all the benefits of online flute lessons, how they work, and where they fall short, to help you decide if they are the right choice for you.
What are the benefits of online flute lessons?
When you take online flute lessons, there are a number of advantages.
You still get a bespoke lesson plan that is tailored specifically for you by your teacher to ensure that you get the most out of your flute lessons. This means that you will learn at a pace that is comfortable for you and that you will be able to ask questions and get feedback in real-time. This type of individualised attention is crucial for learning an instrument like the flute.
Online flute lessons are extremely convenient. You don’t need to factor in travel time. Just put your flute together, open your laptop or tablet and you’re ready to go. This means that you can take your lessons anywhere that has an internet connection – at home, in the garden or even on holiday!
Online lessons also open up your possible pool of teachers. Now that you have the opportunity to connect with teachers from across the world, you are no longer restricted to local teachers in your search. But what if the best teacher for you lives in another city, or even country? With online lessons, distance is no longer a barrier. You can have your dream teacher without having to relocate!
And online flute lessons are often a bit cheaper than in-person lessons, even though you’re still getting most of the benefits of premium in-person lessons.
Are one-to-one online lessons better than how-to videos?
While self-taught courses, which are often a series of videos that help walk you through learning everything from basic fundamentals to more advanced skills, are very convenient (you can watch these videos anytime you like), online flute lessons are valuable one-to-one time with an experienced teacher.
By having the teacher work with you in real-time rather than by pre-recorded video, you can ask questions and get instant feedback on your playing . This is crucial for learning an instrument like flute, which can be quite challenging, especially at the beginning.
That individual attention will help you learn at a much faster pace. It’s also important to note that it’s worth spending time to find the right teacher for you. If you and your teacher click, learning the flute can be a much more enjoyable experience, and we learn faster when we’re having fun!
What are the disadvantages of online flute lessons?
While online lessons have plenty of benefits, it also comes with a few potential difficulties that might make them the wrong choice for you.
It is important that you have a decent internet connection for the video and sound quality to be good enough for you and your teacher to hear each other properly. This isn’t usually a problem these days, but it is something worth keeping in mind if you live in a rural area with patchy internet coverage.
You’ll need a quiet place to take your lesson. This can be tricky if you live in a busy household, but there are ways around it – for example, using headphones or taking your lesson in the garden (weather permitting, of course!).
You also need to be comfortable using technology. While most online lesson platforms are very user-friendly, it can still be a bit daunting if you’re not used to using video call software. However, there are plenty of resources available to help you get started, and your teacher will be on hand to help you if you need it (For some tips on how to set up Zoom for lessons, you can visit my step-by-step guide here.)
Who can take flute lessons online?
Online lessons work best for adults and older children as they often require a bit more concentration than in-person lessons. However, depending on the teacher, even teeny tiny flutes can benefit from online lessons. (I have personally taught a wide variety of ages online, from 4 years old to 78, and have worked hard to ensure I have lots of games and activities to help keep little flutes engaged.)
How do online flute lessons work?
Online flute lessons work in much the same way as in-person lessons, except that instead of being in the same room as your teacher, you will be communicating with them via video call, usually on Zoom or Skype.
Most online lesson platforms are very user-friendly and easy to set up. All you need is a laptop or tablet with a webcam and microphone and a decent internet connection.
Your teacher will be able to see and hear you play, and can give you real-time feedback on your playing, just as they would in an in-person lesson. You will also be able to see and hear your teacher play, which is essential for learning an aural skill like music.
Decide what’s best for you
Online flute lessons are an excellent option for many students, but they’re not right for everyone, and that’s OK! Many teachers offer trial lessons where you can try them out and test for yourself, and that might help you make the right decision.
I hope this has helped you understand a little bit more about online flute lessons and whether they might be the right choice for you.
If you think they might be the right option for you, check out my Lessons page and sign up for a trial lesson to give them a go and see if we’d be a good match.
And if this post has sparked any other questions that I haven’t addressed, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’d be happy to help!