Learning music online? A couple of years ago, only a few people who were in different continents or states would have experimented with this. If someone had told us that most singers and musicians, as well as students of music, will one day compose, collaborate, play, teach, and learn music online, we wouldn’t have been able to envisage it, right? Or at least, we wouldn’t have believed that it could be done effectively.
The online music challenge
Fast forward 2 years and the online format has found many takers in children and adults who will testify to enjoying remote learning despite its obvious drawbacks. What were the obstacles? If you were one of the skeptics, you might have wondered along these lines: How can you learn to play chords? How can a music teacher correct your fingering on instruments? What if my voice sounds garbled because of bad internet connectivity? Yes, there are a few roadblocks but music academies and performers have managed to take the rough with the smooth and have taken their music to the students. A little chip off this block – “If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain,” Time to jump on this bandwagon. What say?
Questions surrounding online music training
With the uncertainty surrounding opening up, this is how it might continue to be for some time to come. So, how can you make the most of learning music online? Where can you get a good music teacher online? What music courses are available online? You can learn music theory online but is it possible to do practical music lessons online?
We will help you with all these and more questions on online music classes.
How to learn music online
1. YouTube tutorials
Who has not surfed YouTube for some insightful tips on just about anything? This is one of the first go-to sites for learning music also. The benefit of these tutorials is that before you sign up for classes, you get a chance to see how feasible it is to learn when someone teaches you online.
Of course the drawback is that it is normally one-way communication though you can ask doubts through chats and personal messages. There is, of course, the possibility that you may not find the subject you are looking for. So, if that’s the case, here are some other online options for you.
2. LIVE Online classes
There’s nothing like interacting with someone, especially an educator, and learning music in real time. Online music classes give you the chance to bounce off your ideas with a teacher and interact with other students. This makes the learning experience holistic and thorough. This is something that cannot be replicated with a tutorial.
Are online classes as effective as offline classes?
Physical classes were fun. But learning music online has also proven to be quite effective. After all, the only difference is that you see your music teacher on a screen. You can clarify your doubts, learn new songs, sing duets, collaborate on new tracks, and produce music just as you did before.
Whether you are a beginner or have already learnt music before, online classes can help shape and advance your musical aspirations from the safety of your home. Many music schools like SaPa allow you to attend a trial class before you make up your mind on whether this art form is for you or not.
So, here’s your chance to learn music from a trained professional. Take a look at what all you could be learning now! Moreover, you can choose the hours that suit you.
3. Self-paced music courses
Perhaps you cannot commit to a period of time for learning music. Does it sound difficult with a heavy workload? No worries, there is a way to learn what you want to learn – at your own pace. Music academies offer pre-recorded music lessons on a variety of interesting domains giving you expertise in a few short hours. And you can learn whenever you have some time on hand. The advantage?
- You fix the time and the place.
- You learn as fast or as slow as you want.
- You get the benefit of experts teaching you – experienced and famous performers who are willing to share a trick or two. Normally, you might not have access to such artistes.
For instance, you could learn
- Carnatic violin from Dr. L Subramaniam and Dr. Ambi Subramaniam,
- Bollywood singing from Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam
- Songwriting by Dr, Bindu Subramaniam
- Music production on Garageband with Mahesh Raghvan
…to name just a few. You might not be able to book a music session with them personally. But all this is possible with self-paced courses at SaPa. So, book a front row seat now with your favourite star! Music to your ears?! We thought so!
Tips to keep yourself motivated while learning online
- Form groups with your fellow students of music and get together once a week through online sessions to jam.
- Stay updated with the latest, contemporary music by actively listening to different genres of contemporary music every day. Even one song a day will spur your creativity and make you think differently.
- Once you learn a song or a technique, try to apply it outside of class. Like if you learnt how to mix a song while producing music, you could try to do it yourself as a project.
- Give online concerts – with friends and family first to get some feedback on your progress as well as to lose your inhibitions of exhibiting your newly-learnt skills.
Want some specific inputs on special aspects of music? How to compose music for ads and film, how to play the flute in the Indian style, how to plan for concerts, how to keep your audience engaged, how to make your music unique, and more?
Masterclasses are what you are searching for. This is a great way to learn music online. You get to interact with celebrities and performers with vast practical experience in the music industry. They can tell you some simple tips and tricks of the trade that they would have gathered from their years of experience.
You also get to expand your network as you interact with other students who are musicians and singers which gives you an idea of the music environment you are in despite not being able to physically go out and mix with these music aficionados.
Watch out for these music classes at SaPa. Some exciting Masterclass sessions have been conducted with Carnatic vocalists Aruna Sairam and Abhishek Raghuram, tabla player Tanmoy Bose, flautist Ronu Majumdar, and veteran performer Usha Uthup.
5. Short courses
During special times in the year like summer vacations, winter vacations, and festival time, you will find a number of short courses that can keep your child engaged and can give you a peek into a subject. These can help you decide if you want to learn it or not. These are normally held in 3-4 sessions of about 45 minutes to an hour – for both children and adults.
Why short courses on music?
- They don’t require much investment of time and energy.
- You get to test musical aptitude and interest.
- Sometimes these music courses, online as well as offline ones, serve to teach you a new skill.
- You learn about culture and the significance of special times of the year.
- Also, they are a lot of fun!
Prerequisites for online music classes
A laptop or desktop (cell phones can be restrictive) with good internet connection is a must to replicate the offline class system.
Do these ways to learn music online interest you, and strike a chord? If you’re still sitting on the fence, there’s only one way to find out. Choose a music class of your choice, talk to our music expert, and we will help you make an informed decision! Looking forward to a productive relationship with you. After all, when you join SaPa, you join a family!
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