Making the transition to online music lessons

September 30, 2020 / / Tips

If you have been teaching music in person for many years and want to make the transition to teaching online but don’t know how to do it, we are here to help. In this article, we will talk about how to make this change smoothly.

The pandemic’s sudden appearance has forced lots of us to make quick changes to the way we do things.

According to the United Nations Educational Organization (UNESCO), 1,500 million students are unable to attend classes at the moment. These figures are equivalent to 91% of all students in a total of 188 countries.

As a result, school teachers across all levels now need to switch to remote teaching through digital platforms. Making the switch is becoming essential for music teachers as well.

Why transition from in-person to online lessons?

The present generations have grown up with technology, so it won’t affect your business when you move your lessons online. In fact, it fits perfectly into their lifestyle. Always on the go, practical, and connected.

There are multiple advantages to offering online music lessons:

More students

Moving your music lessons online will let you teach more people since you are no longer limited by distance. Your students only need to connect to the internet, and they can take lessons on their computers, tablets, and phones.

The barriers of distances and languages are no longer a problem. Remote teaching makes it possible for a student in Colombia can take your lessons even though you are in the US.

Interactive sessions

Currently, there are many video conferencing tools that you can use to teach music online. Many tools are free to use. They allow you to teach your students in real-time and share study materials. Through interactive communication in live video sessions, you and your students can have almost the same experience of in-person sessions.

Cost and flexibility

Your students will spend less money on online lessons than in-person lessons, because they saves money and time on transportation. You can teach from your home or any place that is convenient to you, and you don’t need to rent a room. You and your students can choose the most convenient times without worrying about factors beyond your control, like traffic and weather. Online lessons offer more flexibility to both you and your students.

Tips for teaching music online

Let’s start by assuming that you are new to online teaching.

Avoid using the contents you prepared for in-person classes for your online sessions. This is the most common mistake most newbies make with online teaching. You need to understand that online has a different methodology: you have to consider the organization, design, and distribution of your content.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t use your content for virtual education. It means that you will have to adapt and redesign it for online dynamics.

The process of moving your in-person class online can be stressful, that is why Homerun has come to the rescue. Homerun has made it easy for you to schedule lessons with your students and offer your lessons over Zoom while taking care of invoicing and online payments. 

Here is how it works:

  1. Sign up for a free Zoom account and activate Zoom on your Homerun account.
  2. Add the lessons you offer as a service. For example, if you teach both Paino and Guitar you can add a service for each instrument with lesson duration and block-off time between lessons.
  3. Set your available work hours. Make sure you only include hours that you are available to teach.
  4. Create a schedule (one-time or recurring) for each of your students on the Homerun calendar. Your students can also book your available time slots for lessons.

Note: You can integrate your Homerun calendar with Google calendar or other calendar apps. This will make it easy for you to manage both your work and personal schedule.

  1. You and your student will receive an automatic reminder via email or text before the lessons time. 
  2. When it is time for a lesson, you and your student can just open the Zoom link in the appointment from the calendar or reminder, and you will be connected to each other immediately for the session. 
  3. At the end of each session, just use the Send Invoice feature to send an invoice to your student, who can pay with credit card, PayPal, ACH, or Zelle. All payment methods are fast and safe (PCI compliant). You will receive the payment instantly without delay. 

There are many benefits of using Homerun as an all-in-one platform to manage your online music lessons, including:

  • Easy scheduling and booking: No need for emails or phone calls. It saves time and helps avoid no-shows.
  • One-click to connect via Zoom live meeting. No Zoom URL to remember.
  • Getting paid fast with our invoicing and payment features.

It is the perfect way to make sure everyone stays safe without any physical contact. It is a big-time saver since all you need to do is focus on helping students improve their skills.

As the pandemic rages on and the no physical contact rule is still in force, you can continue to make your service available for your students without endangering their health (or yours).