Physical vs Online Music Lessons

Not sure if learning music online is the right fit for your child? Learning the differences will help you discover its potential.

Since the shift to online extracurricular lessons, many parents reach out to us here at String Soul. They are curious to know how online music lessons work in comparison to physical lessons. We have compiled some valuable information to help parents understand these differences.

Diving into these differences, it is crucial to understand that neither is superior or substitutional to another. So let’s jump right into it!

These are the key differences between physical and online music lessons. Understanding these differences will help provide a better outlook in making the best decisions for your children.
These are the key differences between physical and online music lessons. Understanding these differences will help provide a better outlook in making the best decisions for your children.

What is the Main Difference Between Physical and Online Music Lessons?

Physical lessons are lessons where the teacher and student have in-person interaction. These lessons can take place in music centers or a teacher’s home. This traditional method follows a curriculum that is exam-focused. Teachers introduce the foundations of music by going through various musical books. 

On the other spectrum, online lessons come in many forms. Firstly, the plethora of free educational music videos on platforms like YouTube. These educational videos are plentiful and accessible. But, they are often overwhelming for first-time learners. Moreover, there isn’t a clear start or end.

Then, there are musical apps or self-paced classes with online curriculums. These apps cover learning materials for complete beginners up to seasoned professionals. But, these can be pricy and lack a personal touch for those with many curious questions. 

So, we best of both worlds from private 1-1 online music lessons with a teacher. Like physical lessons, they follow a structured curriculum that focuses on solid foundations. Besides, online music lessons use collaborative teaching tools that are appealing and interactive.

Teaching Methods

Perhaps it is still unclear. Learning the piano online and offline will still be Do Re Mi after all! How different can it be? This brings us to the teaching methods.

Physical lessons focus on immediate demonstration. This means teachers can directly point where specific notes are. They can also immediately correct a child’s finger positions. These musical demonstrations help increase accuracy in a child’s playing. During physical lessons, teachers also play duets with their students. These musical accompaniments are meant to develop musicality and spark creativity.

This shows an immediate demonstration of finger posture during a physical lesson
📸 : Mikhail Nilov 
Immediate demonstration of finger posture during a physical lesson

Now, online lessons are delivered through a different approach. Teachers share body posture and finger positions through different camera angles. These virtual demonstrations require children to be more independent. It may be a steep curve at first, but these children develop familiarity over time with the support of their parents. In addition, we’ve noticed that online music lessons boost their critical thinking and comprehension skills. They understand guidance quickly, correct their own mistakes, and have good practice habits. Often, they develop accountability for their own practices too!

This shows String Soul's online music lesson setting featuring a downward-facing lens to show finger position.
📸 : String Soul’s Youtube
String Soul’s online music lesson setting featuring a downward-facing lens to show finger position.

Learning Materials

Following that, physical lessons revolve around examination-based books. Parents buy the physical books at the start of the grade, and children focus on completing them. As these books take a long time to complete, most lessons become dull over time. To supplement that, parents can print scores. But, children tend to crumple them after a while. In some unfortunate cases, children lose these sheets halfway. 

Instead, online music lessons have more accessible learning materials. For example, instead of completing an entire book, children get to explore various sources seamlessly. In addition, their digital materials don’t have to be printed, nor does it get lost as quickly. However, what’s best is access to various creative toolkits. During online music lessons, teachers get to use colorful flashcards, interactive games, and animated slides. We see many visual learners loving this addition!

Scheduling Lessons

Now, traditional physical lessons are often weekly, right? This frequency is usually fixed to a few factors. Firstly, the limitation of commuting and time constraints. Then, we find it difficult to match schedules with three parties. Sometimes, classroom facilities are not available. the teacher’s slot is full, or our children have other commitments. It’s already challenging to coordinate everyone’s calendar once a week. What more is stretching it to two or three times weekly!

In contrast, scheduling online music lesson feels like a breeze. Parents have the comfort of scheduling as many lessons from home. There are no worries about traffic or rushing back to prepare dinner. Additionally, the flexibility of these online classes helps keep a filled schedule. Parents are able to slot in a class when their children have free time, or when they need guidance. Our children love having lessons many times a week as it helps them be consistent!

Lesson Frequency VS Lesson Duration

Okay, it’s time to share some insights about lesson duration vs. lesson frequency. Although each child has their unique learning style, the weight of frequency or duration is pretty similar. Let us analogize- Would it be more effective to learn a new language for 15 minutes a day or 1 hour weekly? The same goes for your child’s musical language.

Consistency is key right? Having shorter but frequent lessons are more beneficial. Children who are beginners have shorter learning materials. It’s also hard to stretch their focus to an hour. Frequent lessons would help guide them before they develop any bad postures. It will also help them practice accurately with reassurance.

But, intermediate students have harder materials. Hence, they need longer durations to cover their materials. These students can withstand longer lessons as they have more focus and stamina. Often, they are independent in practicing and able to learn materials on their own.

All in, scheduling regular classes would allow our children to learn consistently. It also gives them extra time to explore various learning materials. If you are still unsure which lesson duration will be the most suited to their focus, contact us! We have professional educators to help answer your questions!

How Do I Choose?

Demand for physical or online lessons will come down to personal preference. Exposing our children to various learning experiences will be beneficial. This helps them understand what works best for them. We encourage you to try out online music lessons from the comfort of your home. Here at String Soul, we offer free trial lessons for you to experience it in action!

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