Lessonface

Common Sense Media says

Learn an instrument online with live lessons from real pros.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids will learn the importance of music as well as the pleasure of learning and playing with others. 

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The site has a detailed privacy policy, is COPPA-compliant, and allows parents total access to their kids' lessons if desired. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lessonface is a website that offers live online music lessons to students of all ages and levels. All the major instruments are represented, as are some unique choices such as the dulcimer and didgeridoo. Teachers approved to instruct kids have gone through background checks, but you're welcome to "sit in" on your kid's lesson by either being in the same room or watching from a webcam. The site also is COPPA-compliant, so parents will need to create accounts for any kids under 13. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • presenting to others

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm
  • singing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • time management

Emotional Development

  • persevering

Communication

  • listening

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Setting up lessons is smooth and simple; the process of searching for a teacher also is intuitive. Kids will have fun as they learn a new instrument or improve skills. 

Learning Approach

Communicating directly with their teachers, kids can learn at their own pace. Teachers provide live feedback as well as emailed summaries of lessons and practice assignments. As with all music lessons, practice in between sessions is crucial to progress. 

Support

The website has a detailed FAQ answering questions about the site, and students can get direct support from their teachers during online lessons or through email. One teacher is trained to work with kids who have special needs.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • presenting to others

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm
  • singing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • time management

Emotional Development

  • persevering

Communication

  • listening

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Kids can learn to play a musical instrument and to improve their singing voice in a number of styles, and they can learn music theory. They'll communicate online with a professional musician to work on skills and persevere as they practice between lessons to meet agreed-upon goals. Lessonface is a convenient, well-designed, and fun way to gain musical knowledge for kids and families. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

What's it about?

LESSONFACE offers online music lessons in real time, with a real person. You'll create an account in a sidebar box, first choosing an instrument; they have lessons in everything from accordion to ukulele, as well as vocal options and digital-creation tools. Then decide your skill level: beginner, intermediate, "pro-to-pro," or under 18 (kids under 13 must have a parent create an account for them), as well as providing a name and email address. The "Find Your Teacher" tab allows you to further search teachers by price, day of the week availability, and a few other filters. Once you've chosen a teacher and time (some offer trial lessons), click "Book Lesson." Before your first lesson, you'll download a Skype-like video-chat program that allows you to work with your teacher in real time using your computer's webcam. Lessons vary in time from 30 minutes to an hour, and teachers may assign practice or activities to work on between lessons.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If your child is set on learning to play the euphonium or clawhammer banjo, but local lessons aren't available, you can look to Lessonface for an expert teacher. The selection of instruments is outstanding, and high school students preparing for college can study with a Juilliard-trained teacher to prep them for auditions. The cost is around what you might pay for a local lesson (that is to say, it'snot cheap), but Lessonface also offers group lessons at a lower cost.

Considering all the challenges live lessons for kids present, privacy-wise, Lessonface seems to have its bases covered, with lots of options for parents to communicate with teachers and know exactly what's going on in each lesson if they like. If your family is already shuttling kids around to lots of activities, Lessonface would be a nice way to simplify your schedule, as it allows kids to take a lesson right in the living room.  

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why music is important. What does it feel like to master a piece of music? Do you like playing alone or in a group? 

  • Talk to your kids about your favorite music. Play them a song you loved at their age and see what they think about it. 

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Music and sing-along
Price:$20 and up depending on teacher and instrument
Pricing structure:Paid

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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