It's never been easier to learn violin online!
So let's talk about learning the violin on the internet.
Once upon a time, I thought it was a pretty crazy idea to try to teach someone over skype. Maybe I'm a die-hard traditionalist, but how could you possibly give over such important concepts in a 2D way?
However, I had a student who lived nearby, and then I moved to a different city which it would be impossible for her to travel to, and she asked when I left if I would be interested in moving our lessons to Skype. Originally I said no, and then a few months later, when she still hadn't found a teacher in her area, I said I would try it out-beta testing if you will.
And you know what I discovered? I discovered that because my teaching method is based so strongly on explaining based on aerodynamic concepts, and facts about technique , that it actually is working out really well
for us, and so I took on another student over Skype, this one across the ocean, and I discovered that even from the very beginning that this method worked really well for him!
So now that my beta testing has been successful, I am happy to announce that I now offer the new service of teaching violin lessons over Skype. Now let's talk a little bit about whether this might be for you.
"I couldn't find a good teacher in my area, so I started browsing the internet for tutorial videos. I found violinlikethat.com and asked Ariella if she would be interested in teaching me over Skype. She agreed, tentatively, and I couldn't be happier, she's so well versed in all the technical aspects of violin playing that from the first lesson I saw a huge improvement in my playing!"
-Rob, Adult violin student
"When Ariella moved out of our area, I knew that I wouldn't be able to find another teacher who would appeal to me so much, so I begged her to teach me over Skype. She didn't want to at first, but when I finally wore her down, I am finding our lessons just as fun and fulfilling as they were when she lived down the block"
-Liraz, 16 year old violin student
Who is a good candidate for Violin Lessons over Skype
-Someone who saw my lesson videos and liked my style of teaching but couldn't travel to me
-Someone who moves around a lot for work/army/life purposes
-Someone who doesn't have a private teacher (or a good private teacher!) in their area
-An adult who wants to learn but can't find a teacher open to teaching adults in their area
-Someone who is house-bound (learning the violin can be a great way to pass bed-rest on maternity
-Someone who wants their child (young adult child) to learn violin but doesn't have the time to carpool to lessons
What ages do you teach online
I've found that this way of teaching can be really effective for kids in a media obsessed society, and can even help them to focus more than they might in a private lesson in a studio! While I think the Internet aspect is engaging, however, I don't suggest it for small children, because kids under 8 or so are so kinesthetic in their learning and the watching-mimicking aspect isn't quite at its full capacity yet
Do you have issues with buffering?
In todays Internet-obsessed world, I've never had any issues with my Macbook Pro and a good internet connection with any of my students. We do whatever we can to improve the image, which means that you should ideally be using an Ethernet cable and not wi-fi, as well as the highest quality video and microphone possible
What are some advantages of using Skype as a teaching tool?
There are a few clear advantages to teaching over Skype. The first is that there are many tools you can use to record the lessons, or snippets of the lesson, so I'll say "Record now" to my student and then the student will be able to reference parts of the lesson in order to aid their practicing. Another clear advantage is that there is no lag time between starting a lesson (travelling to the teacher, warming up, getting home, siblings getting bored waiting in the living room, Mom wondering whether its really so important to learn violin when it takes up so much of her time, etc.) and getting a student home to practice, so all the material learned in the lesson can be quickly and easily reviewed, in ways that are much less accessible than in a private studio. There are also a few casualties, mainly in the kinesthetic arena (where I will move a students hand to show them how to maneuver), however with older students, I generally find that explaining works much better than moving their bodies for them (which is a little bit of a no-brainer, since if you are moving for them, are they really learning how to move alone?)
What do I need to get started?
To get started, you will need all the basic equipment for violin playing which include
-Music Paper (can find online for free here)
-Pencil (although I guess we can really forgo a pencil since we'll be on the computer
You will also need, in addition to that, a high-speed internet connection, a webcam, and good speakers.
How does it work with currencies other than dollars if I'm not in the US?
Payments are made with Paypal, who automatically convert your payment into dollars from your local currency, and Paypal accepts credit card, debit card, or Paypal balance for payments.
What support do you offer students outside of lessons?
I try to be as available as humanly possible via email and texting to help with troubleshooting between lessons. I mentioned before that a cool little trick you get with online lessons is the ability to record as you go, so I often will play examples of the pieces that the student is working on during the lesson, and then the student has his or her own personal library of videos that we made especially for them, which is awesome! I also suggest to students to spend time browsing my youtube channel, to learn their favorite songs, and I often take their requests and put up tutorials according to what they want to learn!
All students also have free access to all lesson videos on the site, and get discounts on lesson video requests.
I also do coaching for stage fright and helping people deal with nerves and believing in themselves and work hard to empower my students to believe in themselves, as well as helping them to find ways to make money from their music early on in their careers.
This sounds like the perfect arrangement for me! What is the cost and how can I get started?
Lessons cost $50 for a 30 minute lesson, and $90 for a 1 hour lesson. A free 15 minute trial lesson is included and can be tacked on to the first lesson as a discount. Unfortunately because there have been a few uncomfortable situations that I have gotten into with free trials (both without showing up, and some sticky situations with men), payment for the first lesson must be made before the trial lesson. If after the trial we see that lessons are not for you, I will refund your payment.
Appointments are made paying via Paypal. After your payment is processed, you'll be automatically redirected to an appointment page. We'll probably be in touch via email before the lesson in any case, because I like to make sure everything is in order and you have everything you need.
Lessons will not be given without payment. if you have any questions, feel free to contact me
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