With the advent and increase in technology, just about anything can be done online. Learning an instrument or training your vocals are just two examples from the world of music. This means that there is a myriad of resources from different people available on the internet. As such, you can now choose what you want in terms of online learning.
You may want to get private lessons with an online music teacher that is well experienced in your area of interest. There are many of them available, which is why you need to know what to look for.
Is he/she legit?
To find out whether a music teacher is legit, you first need to find out who they work with. Try to stick to well-known music websites that have developed a strong reputation. They are trustworthy. You can also ask someone you trust to recommend a good online music learning website, as this will eliminate the problem of trial and error.
This doesn’t mean that all teachers flying solo are illegitimate. However, you will need to be careful with these since you will have no way of tracking them in case something goes wrong. You will need to trust your instincts if you go that way.
Check the profile
The next thing you do once you get to these trusted websites is to find the kind of lesson you are looking for i.e. piano, violin, drums or even vocal classes. Every online teacher you consider should have a complete and informative profile. This should give you the impression that the teacher is highly professional. Here are some things to look for:
Reviews: Try and assess the kind of reviews the teacher has – you will be able to assess whether he or she is a good choice. When a teacher has many reviews, you have better chances of assessing if he or she is a good teacher. You are also less likely to come across fake reviews if the site is trustworthy, so look for those.
Profile Picture: Sometimes you won’t have the option of a physical meeting, especially if you are not in the same location. Even so, the profile picture will give you a snapshot view of your potential music teacher. This may not be adequate, but you can organize for a Skype meeting later on.
Subject details: Another way to check the teacher’s profile is to look at their subject details. Is it what you want? For instance, if you’re an intermediate or advanced learner, you need to know if the teacher can benefit you at your level. Many teachers specialize in specific levels, so you need to be keen about that.
One of the things that will set a particular teacher apart is their online availability. This does not just mean they should be available for scheduled lessons. It also means that in case you have a question, the teacher can still answer promptly away from the scheduled learning times. You’ll need to test and check his or her level of availability.
Personality and Temperament
While physical meetings will give you a better feel of a person’s personality and temperaments, you can still learn a lot by asking as many questions as possible. This will help you gauge whether the person is patient and friendly.
You can also ask stress questions. These are useful for learning about the teacher’s personality and temperaments. Pay attention to the tone of the voice and how he or she responds to online interactions.
Request For A Meeting
Another thing you can do is to set up a meeting with the teacher before you make your final decision. Use that meeting to get as many details as you can so you can make an informed decision. This is your opportunity – leave nothing to chance.
With such information, you can accurately assess the kind of teacher you are hoping to work with. In the end, you’ll choose the best teacher for you. Good luck!
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