Covid-19 and the future of Music Education.

 As we step into our 3rd year as a music academy, like most institutions,  we were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The challenges we faced didn’t paralyse us, they helped us discover who we are and how we could adapt, learn, innovate and move forward in achieving our goal in giving the best learning experience to our students.

 Learning music through online is not unheard of. Most top music colleges and institutions in the world do offer them as part of their long distance learning or summer program. However, these courses are sometimes very general and it doesn’t really do much especially for a total beginner. 

 The pandemic has forced music academies like us to move our classes online and this has raised some important questions from our current and future students. Here are some of them that we would like to share with you.

I have learned music privately or 1:1 all these while. Will I benefit the same if I learn online?

There is no doubt that learning an instrument 1:1 is better than online music lessons. Nevertheless, online lessons still do help students in guiding their practice and learning momentum. Moreover, progress in music performance depends highly on the amount of practice the student does at home. 

Can I learn an instrument online if I am a total beginner?

Yes you can! But, it depends on the instrument that you would like to learn. Learning piano or singing for example, would be an easier choice to start learning due to the nature of the instrument that does not require much ‘mending’. However, if you choose an instrument like violin, you would need some physical assistance in learning how to tune the instrument or change the strings. Same with guitar or cello. Tough, but not entirely impossible!

Is the length of the class same as learning 1:1 or online?

It’s about the same length. Just make sure that you have a strong wifi connection, a decent laptop with a webcam and a conducive learning environment to maximise your time online. 

I prefer my classes 1:1 because learning and grasping technical challenges with my instrument is better compared to online lessons. 

We agree that it is easier to learn an instrument 1:1. However, the internet is vast and learning platforms are now very accommodating and it is getting better everyday. But most importantly, safety first!

Can my 3 year old child learn an instrument online?

Only if the child is able to understand commands and have basic ability in reading and writing. We encourage parents to supervise them during lessons to ensure the best learning environment for the child.

The shift to online learning is a challenge for all of us. As we embark into this new path, OUCH Music Academy is still learning and progressing everyday to provide the best for our students. The pandemic has only pushed us to go forward towards growth. 

We are sure you have some questions you would like to ask us. Do contact us and find out more.

Ganesh Bala

Head of OUCH Music Academy

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