What do you do if you live in a remote part of the country and you want to learn an instrument? You skype that’s what you do! The social networking site was created in 2003 and has at its peak 30 million users online. With options to make free video calls (and most computers being equipped with a webcam) it seems the ample choice for long distance learning. As a private music teacher myself I have found Skype incredibly useful not only for generating new pupils but also for emergencies where I cannot physically attend a lesson such as bad weather i.e snow! Students do not need to miss anymore lessons they can simply turn on their webcam and strum away. Skype music lessons are becoming increasingly popular and for good reason; gone are the days where you drive 45 minutes to get to a lesson you can enjoy a lesson in a comfortable environment – your own home. Of course as with everything there is a down side. Technical issues such as delay or connection problems can be time consuming, depending on the student’s webcam quality the teacher may not be able to see the student properly; an important element in most music lessons, but in particular vocal lessons where it is imperative that the teacher can see the student’s face and posture properly. But, if we put these issues aside, skype music lessons are a fantastic idea and great way to learn.
Below is an example of a vocal teacher – Eric Arceneaux who has not only used Skype to promote his music teaching, but has also created YouTube videos to help with vocal technique. With many of Arceneaux’s videos generating over 2 million views, he must be doing something right.