Learning to Play a Musical Instrument Online

Learning to Play a Musical Instrument Online

Online learning can make taking up a musical instrument much easier. Some people fret that they’re too old to take up an instrument, or that they’ll embarrass themselves in front of an instructor or fellow students if their playing is feeble. (Some adults especially worry about young children far outperforming them in a music class.) But learning in the privacy of your own home removes those considerations. Other people skip music lessons believing they’re too expensive, but many online music courses are cheap; some are even free. Others simply believe they don’t have time for formal lessons. Online learning takes away this obstacle as well, as it allows you to fit lessons into your schedule however you want.

You’ll want to research available online music programs before you start. Read reviews on the web of available programs; speak with people you know who’ve taken online music classes to solicit their input. First of all, you want a program that fits your price range. You also want to know what kinds of instruction a certain program offers. What sorts of tools do they use to present their lessons? What age groups are their classes geared towards? Do students need any prior musical knowledge or experience before they begin? And you’ll have to decide if you want one-on-one instruction or if you want to join others as you take your online lessons. Further, will you be able to adjust the speed of your lessons? After all, some people whiz through music lessons, while for others learning to play a new instrument requires a slower, maybe even a plodding, pace.

The exciting news here is that music lessons are presented on the web in many different ways, so you’re sure to find a program that suits your style of learning. Videos, audio clips, photos, real-time demonstrations, interactive quizzes, and e-books with sheet music and lyrics are just some of the media that are employed by distance learning music teachers. Indeed, many students find that notes, scales and chords are easier to commit to memory when they’re presented one step at a time through colorful animation. (And you can watch these videos as many times as you need to.) 

One thing remains the same, however, no matter how you learn a musical instrument. In order to become proficient, there’s still no substitute for practice, practice, practice.

Online learning market place

Apr 27, 2012