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#2038787 - 02/25/13 02:29 AM Re: Lessons over Skype ? [Re: edhamgtr]  
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I've taught three different students using Skype, and mostly, I would say it was a very positive experience. In one case, I went several months without seeing this student in person, and instead doing the Skype lessons, and when I finally did, I noticed some flaws in his playing that I had completely missed over Skype.
Nonetheless, Skype is definitely great for discussion, such as discussion of theory, or composition-related lessons. I'd say overall that for me, if the focus of the lesson is primarily the student's playing, it is nice to be there in person with the student. Yet I see great potential in Skype lessons and don't rule it out.


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#2038905 - 02/25/13 08:16 AM Re: Lessons over Skype ? [Re: Chris Goslow]  
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Originally Posted by Chris Goslow
I've taught three different students using Skype, and mostly, I would say it was a very positive experience. In one case, I went several months without seeing this student in person, and instead doing the Skype lessons, and when I finally did, I noticed some flaws in his playing that I had completely missed over Skype.
Nonetheless, Skype is definitely great for discussion, such as discussion of theory, or composition-related lessons. I'd say overall that for me, if the focus of the lesson is primarily the student's playing, it is nice to be there in person with the student. Yet I see great potential in Skype lessons and don't rule it out.


Yes, I agree..sometimes you have to ask more questions from the student because you are unable to really observe things normally - things like "how does that passage feel?" or "how are you fingering measure 25?". So a bit less efficient in that respect, but again, a great substitute if nothing else is available. I do recommend that anyone doing Skype lessons get to see their teacher at least once in a while (every 6 months or so) in order to catch these things in person.


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#2039203 - 02/25/13 06:18 PM Re: Lessons over Skype ? [Re: edhamgtr]  
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I finally had the opportunity do teach some online lessons last week due to the snow. Three used skype and one used facetime, and they were all really productive lessons! It's hard if you don't have the exact piece of music in front of you, and it's not perfect, but it sure beats missing a lesson (I have a no-makeup policy.)


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#2039666 - 02/26/13 02:25 PM Re: Lessons over Skype ? [Re: Morodiene]  
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Originally Posted by Morodiene


Yes, I agree..sometimes you have to ask more questions from the student because you are unable to really observe things normally - things like "how does that passage feel?" or "how are you fingering measure 25?". So a bit less efficient in that respect, but again, a great substitute if nothing else is available. I do recommend that anyone doing Skype lessons get to see their teacher at least once in a while (every 6 months or so) in order to catch these things in person.


Hey Morodiene:

Yes, personally, I agree that in-person lessons are ideal. Yet Skype lessons are obviously quite practical in some cases (one of my students lives in Southampton, England... so me being in California, Skype was the only way we were going to have lessons!) Currently, I'm actually teaching my dad mostly via Skype. He lives 80 miles away, I'm in Sacramento, he's in San Francisco. What has usually happened is that about once a month he comes over here for a studio workshop or visit, and afterward we have an in person lesson. It really helps with the learning process. Maybe it's a matter of knowing how to best teach a student over skype. I think it's good experience to have, yet it also makes me value the in person lessons.


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#2039668 - 02/26/13 02:27 PM Re: Lessons over Skype ? [Re: Stanny]  
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Originally Posted by Stanny
I finally had the opportunity do teach some online lessons last week due to the snow. Three used skype and one used facetime, and they were all really productive lessons! It's hard if you don't have the exact piece of music in front of you, and it's not perfect, but it sure beats missing a lesson (I have a no-makeup policy.)


Hey Stanny:

You're right about that! I also have a no make-up policy, and in a couple of instances, a student couldn't make the lesson, so instead we did it from Skype. It was nice to still be able to give her value that week.


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#2053778 - 03/25/13 01:22 AM Re: Lessons over Skype ? [Re: edhamgtr]  
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Hi all,

I'm planning on taking some combined piano/alexander technique skype lessons from a teacher who has already given me one face to face lesson. But continuance of face to face is prohibitive since she lives too far away from me. A problem, however, is finding a way to get up to speed with skype well enough so that it does not hinder the actual lesson since I am just now learning about skype. No one I know uses skype and I would like to have someone I can do a video call with to be sure I've mastered skype well enough to get the most out of the lessons. For one thing I've seen that getting to full screen could be a problem though that may not be the case if I do a video call with someone. If there's anyone on this site that is in the same predicament and would like to partner up with me in helping to get over this learning hump, I'd appreciate hearing from you. Alternately, if any of you have any suggestions for me I'd appreciate hearing those as well. Given the nature of the lessons, which would be combining piano with alexander, I realize there will be limitations with skype. But I still feel I can get great benefit from this arrangement.

#2053791 - 03/25/13 02:27 AM Re: Lessons over Skype ? [Re: edhamgtr]  
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Lessons on Skype is a good idea and its really useful for those who's learning from books or tutorials so this will be also useful for me to learn on Skype so can anyone guide me where i can found the Skype lessons.

#2053801 - 03/25/13 03:11 AM Re: Lessons over Skype ? [Re: kingston250]  
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Originally Posted by kingston250
Lessons on Skype is a good idea and its really useful for those who's learning from books or tutorials so this will be also useful for me to learn on Skype so can anyone guide me where i can found the Skype lessons.


I've learned a lot by going to skype.com. You can go from there thru many categories. You probably will need to register - choose a name and password. At the top you can click on Learn or Support to get more info. I'm close to a point where I need to find a partner to try to do a video call to be sure I know how to use skype. If you want to partner with me or if I can help you in any other way, please don't hesitate to contact me on this site.

#2084438 - 05/17/13 08:09 PM Re: Lessons over Skype ? [Re: edhamgtr]  
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Have you had piano lessons before?

I've taught over Skype and it works nicely for the most part, but I would recommend a live teacher if you're totally new and you're just starting out, because there are things, like posture, that are way better with a live teacher.

#2084447 - 05/17/13 08:34 PM Re: Lessons over Skype ? [Re: edhamgtr]  
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Hi Attaboy,

Just a couple of tips for getting the best out of Skype..

Be sure the room is well lit.
Keep any background noise to a minimum
Full screen is simply a mouse click away.
In the Skype 'Tools/Options/Audio settings, un-check the 'automatic' settings. (to avoid sudden changes in volume)
Make sure you are both using the same/latest version of the program.

If you have a second computer, you could set up a separate Skype account, and 'Skype yourself' to get some idea of how it will look and sound, to the teacher, and tweak settings accordingly.


Rob
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