Learning an instrument can be fun and rewarding but there are some very real considerations when deciding this is a good fit for you and your child.
Is your device lesson friendly? If you are looking to get the best out of the lesson time you may use a tripod or flexible “goose neck” device to assist in camera angles. Even more creative is adding an extra device. You can set up an iPhone holder to be the camera for finger angles and use a tablet for communicating with your teacher.
You don’t need to know how to play a musical instrument to practice with your child. What’s most important is that you’re sitting with your child while they’re practicing and showing them that they have help. Just sitting next to them while they play shows that you support them and you are there for them no matter how well they’re doing. You can also ask them to teach you what they learned, so that you can learn alongside them and help reinforce their lessons. It can be fun for your child and you to learn how to play music together.
And if you do know how to play an instrument, you can play the accompaniment music in the lesson book while your child is practicing. Or, on piano, you can divide up the work with your child playing the right hand and you playing the left hand. Then switch! For guitar, you can play chords and your child can play the melody. Then Switch!
After a while, as your child grows, they won’t need your help as much. And you’ll be missing the days that you got to be their music buddy and play with them. So while in the beginning it may take a few tricks and games to get your child to sit still, you’ll see their love of music blossom because of it.
Your child may be the independent sort and if so, they may desire to take the lesson alone. This is perfectly acceptable but we ask that you monitor the session in-case there is assistance needed to keep the lesson on track.
Here are a few links for devises that may be helpful for online piano lessons – they are maneuverable so the teacher can ask to see a student’s hands for playing or face for teaching