I love technology as much, if not more, than the next guy… but I am having a tough time embracing Skype as piano teaching’s new frontier.
In a pinch, yeah, Skype might suffice. It will certainly make it easier to deliver piano lessons to a family that decides to sail (hmm…with a very little waterproof piano!) around the world for a year. It will also make it easier to deliver piano lessons to a student who is sick or unable to leave home.
But for most piano teachers I just don’t see Skype as being the answer.
The teacher-student relationship is a crucial component of a piano lesson. It is challenging to foster and grow a relationship over a computer screen. Just ask my sister who spends 3 weeks out of every month communicating with her “work-away” husband. Sure, she loves seeing his face and hearing his voice, but the best week of her month is when the one week that he is home.
It is also interesting to note that, as reported on Trendwatching.com, there is a retail renaissance occurring right now. Despite the growth in online shopping, consumers still prefer to leave their computer behind and hit the mall. Why? Because it’s not simply about buying a product… it’s about the entire shopping experience.
In my opinion, the same goes for piano lessons. The experience is just as important as the final product. What are your thoughts? Leave a comment.