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Back to School Savings for Online Music Lessons

Posted on August 13, 2015 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Back to School Savings for Online Music Lessons

It's that time of year again. Since 2008, I have been teaching private music lessons online, and every August, I offer a special deal for band, orchestra, vocal, piano, theory, and composition students who are getting ready to start their schoo...

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Experts Give Live Video Assistance On Google Helpouts

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Google Helpouts

I have been providing live online music lessons via webcam since 2008. In the past 6 years, I have used several different approaches, including marketing myself with Skype as my platform to trying various web-based live teaching platforms. Last summer, I joined The ZOEN and have been having a ...

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LessonFace - A New Platform For Live Online Music Lessons

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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In revamping my personal website, one of the changes I'm making is to my live online webcam music lessons service. I have been teaching online lessons...

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Live Online Music Lessons On BANDHAPPY

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

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I have been providing private music lessons using online webcam conferencing since 2008. In the world of live webcam lessons, that makes me an old dog in a relatively new game. Most of my lessons have been delivered using Skype, but I have tried other delivery methods as well. There have been a few attempts for internet start-ups to break into live online learning as a...

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Scale Study, Level Two: How Performing Major Scales Turns Into Original Music Composition

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

 

I have discussed the importance of scale study for instrumental music students in articles like this one and this...

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Thumbtack: A Great Service For Local Private Lessons, But Not For Online Lessons

Posted on March 2, 2012 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

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Back in November, I created a profile for a service matching system called Thumbtack. They match service providers of all kinds with local consumers looking for those services. They have a complete category for private music lessons, and as a service provider you get a really sharp-looking and useful

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Market Trends For Private Music Lessons

Posted on January 9, 2012 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)


There is no question that trained musicians who offer private lessons deserve to be compensated fairly for the time and effort they put in to teaching private lesson students. There is also no question that in the current global economic slump, less people can afford to pay for private lessons at $40 or more an hour.

 

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Online Webcam Music Lessons - A Concept Whose Time Has Come

Posted on November 18, 2011 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (2)



I've been formally offering private online webcam music lessons since 2008. I offer lessons from beginner to advanced on any band or orchestra instrument, piano, and voice, and beginner to intermediate on guitar. The lessons are typically delivered over Skype, although I have delivered lessons using Tinychat and Google Plus Hangouts. I have had students from across the US and two European students.

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The Musician's Ten Year Commitment

Posted on September 28, 2011 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

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One of the many things I took away from my time as a member of The Cadets drum and bugle corps was a stronger work ethic. I packed so much more learning and skill development into those two years than any other time in my life, quite simply because it was the only thing on my plate. Olympic athletes operate similarly. There is little else in their focus. They can devote hou...

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Webcam Music Lessons Back To School Sale

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Everyone else is having a Back to School sale - why not me? :-)


I am looking for new private webcam music students for the 2011-2012 school year. I offer every potential student a free half-hour trial lesson to see if online learning is right for them before committing to anything.All webcam lessons are live, in-person interactions with the teach...

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