Remote lessons have been working well for many students, especially school-age students over the age of 13, and adults. In addition, students (of all ages) in the Suzuki Guitar program who have a dedicated home teacher have been doing fine. Generally speaking, we don’t recommend Remote-Only lessons for beginners under the age of 10.
- How fast is my internet connection, and can I connect using a hard wire?
- Is my equipment up to date (recent laptop or tablet, high quality router, etc)?
- Is there a good location that is quiet and well lit, where I can take the lesson?
- For children under the age of 13, is there a parent/helper who will be part of all lessons to take notes, help with setup and tuning, find books and music, and even print out new music provided via Google Drive?
Some students are not as successful with remote lessons and would like to resume in-person lessons, or start lessons this way. This is being discussed on a case-by-case basis with each student/parent and teacher.
- How comfortable am I with wearing a mask during my in-person lesson (masks are optional for students under 18).
- I understand that I will take a remote lesson in the event of a cancelled in-person lesson, or I will be able to defer a small number of in-person lessons to the end of the year makeup weeks (number of permitted deferred lessons is specific to each teacher’s policies and availability).
Hybrid lessons are a combination of Remote and In-Person. One scenario could be 3 lessons remote and 1 lesson in-person (though other ratios are possible). In this scenario, the 4th, in-person lesson, is advantageous for this student because the teacher can address any issues at that time which are problematic to address remotely, namely sitting & hand positions. Further, the condition of the instrument & strings as well as sizing are more easily evaluated in person. In terms of music-specific elements, an in-person lesson affords the ability to resume the standard practice of playing along with the teacher in duets or with accompaniment. Corrections to rhythm and tempo are easier and more immediate in an in-person lesson.
Besides having a better ability to address the aforementioned issues in person, the teacher can assist with correct organization of music, provision of books and sheet music.