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Originally Posted by AZNpiano
Now that all the local children are back to in-person school, I should be getting the hold-outs back within a week. But if you cross the county line, those students in Los Angeles will never go back to in-person learning.
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Of the children that have returned to piano after 6 months off, it's very apparent that their brains have also rotted to the point of no return. This pandemic has made all the kids dumber. They can't even follow simple directions. Distance learning has been a catastrophic failure.

This easily wins the award of the most inane thing I’ve read on the Internet this week. And given the competition, that’s an impressive achievement.

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Originally Posted by AZNpiano
Now that all the local children are back to in-person school, I should be getting the hold-outs back within a week. But if you cross the county line, those students in Los Angeles will never go back to in-person learning.
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Of the children that have returned to piano after 6 months off, it's very apparent that their brains have also rotted to the point of no return. This pandemic has made all the kids dumber. They can't even follow simple directions. Distance learning has been a catastrophic failure.

This easily wins the award of the most inane thing I’ve read on the Internet this week. And given the competition, that’s an impressive achievement.

Looks like somebody's brain has rotted to the point of no return.......


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Let’s play nice, folks.

Getting back to the topic of online piano lessons, I had my lesson yesterday and right when I joined the Zoom call, my internet cut out. And that really never happens to me. I am teaching online myself right now (not music)... I went and got my cellphone and reconnected but couldn’t get my video to work, so we had our lesson with just audio from me. And it was actually fine, my teacher said the cellphone audio was fine for him to hear my piano and I could hear him, so we just got down to business. Not ideal, but it was still a great lesson and I learned a lot, so there you go.

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I suspect I am not the only one going through very similar situation as you about online lessons.

It is very convenient not having to travel for lessons, and it is true that online lessons will never be as good as face-to-face lessons. My take is that online lesson is better than no lesson.

I have had 10 years of face -to-face lessons with my current teacher and I think that helps with teaching techniques because he knows very well my common problems. To combat poor video/audio online streaming, I pre-record my pieces in video and send it to my teacher when they are ready to be played through. For fingerings for new pieces, I sometimes mark my fingerings and send a PDF to my teacher before lesson to then go through it during lesson. So far, I have been able to progress via online lessons this year.

As for teaching kids, my sis recently asked me to teach my 4yo nephew in Belgium. So far we have had 3 weekly half hour online lessons. It is very challenging because I have never taught piano before (except a 1 month stint as a replacement teacher over 2 decades ago). I find it impossible to teach a kid that is a complete beginner unless I am teaching both my nephew and my sis at the same time, so my sis could guide my nephew during lesson.

Interesting times require interesting solutions :-)


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I'm not sure any piano teachers could teach a 4 year online in a different country. It is far too old to be starting at this age and you need to be starting ideally before birth or at the latest 4 weeks old.

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I don't have a choice with online lessons. My teacher only teach at the local conservatory and not in her home. The music school went into lockdown in March so all the students were asked to connect through Zoom.

Cory Hall with a YouTube channel BachScholar has been teaching online through Skype for years and didn't find it a big issue. Unless I'm a beginner looking for a teacher the first time I'd rather stick to the same teacher until the C-19 thing is over. I know there are at least 4 music schools in my area but too much of a hassle to change over. Hopefully in a year the person-to-person lessons can resume.

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