Teaching Music Lessons Online or In Person: Pros and Cons

Do you want to teach music lessons? Have you had a hard time deciding where and how to teach? Consider online and in person because neither option is always better than the other.

Teach Music Lessons Online vs. In Person | Hannah B Flute

You should think about what you enjoy, your schedule, and where you live. Then, you can decide if you should teach online, in person, or both.

Keep reading to learn about the pros and cons of each option.

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Online Music Lessons

Teaching online music lessons has been an option since before the pandemic started in 2020. But the pandemic taught a lot of musicians that online lessons aren’t as bad as they seem.

Whether you’re in school or have been out for a while, teaching online lessons may be a good option for you. Consider a couple of the advantages and disadvantages.

More Convenient

Compared to in person lessons, online lessons are more convenient. You don’t have to worry about going to a studio or your students’ homes to teach. As long as you have an internet connection, you can still work.

That can be great if you enjoy traveling but don’t want to take time off from teaching lessons. You can spend your mornings relaxing or sightseeing (when it’s safe), and you can go back to your accommodations to teach in the afternoon.

Even if you don’t like traveling, teaching online music lessons can be great. You don’t have to drive around town or worry about your entire home looking clean. All you need to keep clean is the space behind you when you teach.

More Students

Another benefit of online lessons is that you can teach anyone. You don’t need to find students in the same city or even the same state as you. That means you can find more students to build your studio.

And if you or your students decide to move, you don’t have to stop working with them. You may need to reschedule lessons a bit, but you can keep your studio full more easily.

While you also have to compete with music teachers all over, no one is exactly like you. If you can put yourself out there, you can show potential students that you’re the teacher for them.

More Technical

One of the cons of teaching online lessons is that technology doesn’t always work how you want it to. You will need to know how to fix issues, like a slow internet connection or audio problems.

And if you can’t fix these issues, you may not be able to teach effectively. You may need to cancel a lesson and fix the issue before rescheduling. That way, you can get technology to work so that you can teach.

Also, your students may need to have some basic technical skills. If something’s wrong on their end, you can’t fix it. While you can provide an alternative, it may not always work.

More Difficult

Online music lessons can also be more difficult, especially for beginners and/or younger students. With younger students, they may not have enough of an attention span to stay focused for a full lesson.

And beginners of any age need more guidance when it comes to blowing into the flute, holding it, and getting a good sound. While you can explain things over video chat, it may not be as effective.

If your student struggles with both issues, it can get even more frustrating. You can’t control what your student does, and you can’t control if they leave the room during a lesson. But you can ask a parent to be in the room to help a bit.

In Person Music Lessons

While online lessons have become more popular recently, in person lessons will always be popular as well. They’re a great option for beginners and more advanced students, and you can learn a lot in person.

Here are a few things to know about teaching music lessons in person. That way, you can decide if it’s the right choice for your studio.

More Connection

There’s something about being in the same room with a student that you don’t get through video chat. For one, you can feel what your student is doing, and that can help you teach them.

In person lessons allow you to feel your student’s airstream and help adjust their hand position. Then, you can correct any issues for your student. And you can demonstrate the correct way, and they can feel what your air and hands are doing.

This can be very important for beginner flute students. If you remember what starting the flute felt like, you probably were frustrated. Having guidance from someone in person can help a lot in that formative time.

More Trust

Another advantage when it comes to teaching in person lessons is that people trust these lessons as a concept. People know that in person lessons work well, so they may be more willing to invest in your and your studio.

Some people may not be willing to take online lessons or deal with the technology or internet problems that come along. If you have a good place to teach, it may be easier to convince students to study with you.

While you can teach music lessons online, it’s still a new phenomenon. But even as it gets more popular, in person lesson still offer a sense of trust and comfort for many students and parents.

More Restrictions

Unfortunately, teaching in person music lessons usually comes with more restrictions. You have to consider if you can or should bring students to your home. That’s especially crucial if you live in an apartment or dorm.

If you can’t or don’t want to drive a lot, that can also limit the students you can teach. You may have to find students willing to come to you or a music store where you teach lessons.

And if you use a music studio, you may have to schedule lessons for when that studio is open. If you already have a busy schedule, that could limit your options for teaching. No matter where you teach, you have to keep track of and transport your method books to your lessons.

More Recruiting

No matter where you teach, you will have to do some recruiting. However, teaching lessons in person may require even more of that compared to teaching online.

For example, when you teach online, you can move. Your students can also move. But you won’t need to stop teaching those students. However, if your students aren’t willing to switch to online lessons, you’ll need to fill those spots.

Any time you move to a new city, you will need to start your studio from scratch. And if that scares you, it can tie you down to one area that you may not like very much. Recruiting can be hard and time-consuming, but teaching online can save some of that effort once you build up your studio.

How Will You Teach Music Lessons?

Deciding where and how to teach music lessons can be hard. So consider giving both online and in person lessons a try. You never know what might work best for you.

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