Taking the Pain Out of Online Music Lessons w/ Sam Reti

by Daniel Patterson

Taking the Pain Out of Online Music Lessons w/ Sam Reti

In March of 2020, online lessons were thrust upon our profession.

We adjusted.

We figured out how to make it work.

And then we got set in our ways. It’s human nature to find something that works and then just “stick with it.”

And yet…

Music school owners and private teachers are still struggling to figure out how to overcome basic problems: 

  • Parent objections over “too much screen time” for kids
  • Keeping students engaged in the lessons (especially younger students)
  • What it takes for kids to laugh and light up during an online lesson
  • How to get students for online lessons
  • How to decrease the admin load and learning curve of online lessons (different video platforms, Dropbox, Google Drive, keeping track of assignments)

Because of this – I wanted to revisit the topic of online lessons 18 months into this new normal that we find ourselves in.

If you have interest in growing an online lesson studio…

Or you find yourself struggling because you’ve been forced into online lessons.

You do not want to miss this interview I did with Sam Reti, the founder of Muzie.live

He has been teaching online lessons and has helped hundreds and hundreds of teachers go online.

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Click here to download the transcript. 

Video Content

Here’s what we cover in the video:

0:00 Introduction: Can online lessons be effective?

2:00 Can you provide something parents and students actually want?

6:31 An underrated benefit of online lessons that everyone has missed

8:59 Is Zoom dead? Should I still be using it?

12:03 How to keep track of all the files and assignments without losing your mind!

15:48 The secret to student engagement in online lessons

17:48 How to answer the “Too Much Screentime” objection

22:16 Exposing a common lie about online lessons

23:13 Getting out of an “online lesson” rut and increasing retention

29:28 An online lesson “hack” to increase student participation and happiness

33:36 What can we do to get a student to laugh and enjoy their online lessons?

37:14 What I learned from Randall Faber that applies to online lessons

41:36 Sam’s unusual method to build trust and friendship with students

Conclusion

Whether because of forced isolation or because of the convenience that it affords teachers and parents…

Online lessons are here to stay!

I know this conversation will help you make your online lesson program valuable for parents and more fun / engaging for your students.

Stay tuned for my next conversation with Sam… we are going to dive in to the profitable and wild world of online group lessons!

What do you think? What questions do you have? Let me know in the comments!

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Daniel Patterson is a private teacher, writer, and marketing consultant for music schools. He began teaching in 2004. He co-founded and led marketing operations for a summer music camp that sees over 200 children each summer.

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