Lessons via Skype or Facetime


Michael Warner said: Sep 3, 2018
1 posts

I am looking for a teacher who can work with me, yes me, an adult who studied violin as a young man many years ago through book 4. Now, after having raised my kids, I have some time and would like to resume just for the joy of it. So I am wondering if there are any Suzuki teachers who could work with me online via skype or facetime? Thanks
Mike Warner
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Jacob Litoff said: Sep 7, 2018
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Cello, Viola
Millis, MA
48 posts

I just gave my first lesson to a student on Skype last week. He’d taken lessons with me for a few years and his family just got relocated due to changing jobs, from MA down to NJ. . But they wanted to keep taking violin lessons with me.

It might be hard to start a total beginner that way , on Skype, but if you’ve already been playing for several years, I’d be glad to give it a try. I teach more than just the suzuki books but I certainly teach those as well.

Glad to give it a try.

Jacob Litoff
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Jennifer Visick said: Nov 27, 2018
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
1072 posts

Many teachers are willing to work online nowadays—Skype, Facetime, etc.

If you haven’t found someone already, I’d recommend looking at the SAA teacher locator and emailing teachers who are in a location that you’d be able to visit once or twice (or more) a year: that way you could re-inforce the online lessons with the occasional in-person lesson.

Live video conferencing and asynchronous video consultation can do a lot, but there are some things you still can’t do online (like play music at the same time together as your teacher, or have your teacher shape your hands, etc.)

Joanne Shannon said: Nov 29, 2018
Joanne Shannon
Suzuki Association Member
Los Angeles, CA
140 posts

Yes, there’s nothing like one on one.

Dennie said: Dec 17, 2018
Suzuki Association Member
San Rafael, CA
25 posts

Skype learning leaves out the spatial-kinetic element of music learning. I’d recommend it only for very advanced students who’ve already been studying with a teacher for a long time and for some reason cannot be at a lesson in person with that teacher. A certain critical amount of my training came from shaping the hands and arms that can only take place when you can rotate your vision around the player’s hands and arms, or the entire body. Two-dimensional Skype learning is not the best for intermediate players and certainly not for beginners.

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