What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- following directions
- presenting to others
Thinking & Reasoning
- combining knowledge
- making new creations
- achieving goals
- time management
Health & Fitness
- fine motor skills
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.