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What Are the Pros and Cons of Taking Cello Lessons Online?

Erin J. Hill
Erin J. Hill

The advantage of taking cello lessons online are that they are oftentimes less expensive than in-person lessons, and students can learn at their own pace. There are downsides, however, including the lack of an actual instructor present to give guidance. With no other students or teacher to hold one accountable, it may also be easier to skip practices or fail to attend sessions altogether.

One of the primary advantages to taking cello lessons online is the affordability. They are often much less expensive than paying an instructor for lessons at home or in a music school. The main cost when taking cello lessons online is for the instrument itself, although some sites may also have a fee for use. Some less involved sites might provide free instruction, so there are options for those who fall within any budget range.

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Another perk to taking cello lessons online is the flexibility. When taking lessons in school or privately, there are set times when classes meet. When taking classes online, students are able to attend whenever they are able. It is also possible to spend longer learning certain elements than with a real teacher, since most lessons can be repeated as often and as many times as the student needs. This can make learning a little easier for those who need more time mastering skills.

Despite these advantages, there are drawbacks to taking cello lessons online. For one thing, some students might not learn as well without the one on one instruction of an actual teacher. Since different people learn in different ways, some students are simply not suited for an online learning environment. This is why many times students perform poorly when attempting to take online courses in various subjects.

Students may also have a harder time staying motivated when taking online cello lessons when compared to conventional ones. When learning with a teacher and other students, many people more likely to practice and do the homework to avoid losing face in front of others. The other people also offer motivation and encouragement when needed. That is something an online course can't provide on a consistent basis, even when there is an actual instructor who leads the class.

This disadvantage may not apply with lessons where an instructor leads the course. Although most courses have some type of instructor who can be contacted with questions, some online classes have instructors who offer individual video or chat lessons. This options takes away some of the flexibility, but it does still allow students to learn from home.

Before investing in any type of cello class, students should do their research thoroughly. There is no right or wrong answer, but it is important that students learn the ways in which they learn best. Independent learners often do well with online classes, so they may be an excellent choice for some, but a less than ideal option for others.

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