Updated: Jan 23, 2022
In recent years, we have seen an increase in the prominence of online lessons. Online learning offers flexibility, comfort, saves time commuting and has proven to be an effective learning method due to simplicity and ease that students experience. Over the past few months with the social distancing regulations that have been put in place, we have seen them explode on platforms such as Skype and Zoom. This new form of learning may soon become the new norm, but it doesn't come without its challenges. In this article, I will give you some tips on how to make the most out of your online lessons.
Always have your sheet music printed or downloaded on a device and tune up prior to your lesson. If you have play along tracks then have these queued up and ready to go. This way you don't waste valuable time during your class and you will feel you accomplished more.
At GTMS, our instructors will always send you an email after your class summarizing what you did and what you should practice. They will also include any pertinent sheet music or audio with these notes. We do encourage students take their own notes to help them remember tricky sections. Another great way to do this is to record your classes. You can go back and reference your notes and recordings for your instructor's explanations during your classes.
As with in-person lessons, practice is extremely important! It's hard to really progress on an instrument if you don't put in the time on your own. With as little as 10 minutes a day, you will see huge improvement. You can refer to our blog posts about practice for some ideas on how to make your practice time more fun and effective.
Follow these tips to get the most out of your online music classes at Greater Toronto Music School while in-person music lessons in Toronto are currently on hold.