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Music Lessons on Webcams Grow in Popularity

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Jan 18, 2012
New York, NY

The New York Times recently reported on the growing popularity of music lessons over the internet. In their comments, many readers hail the potential of internet lessons to make music instruction accessible to students who can't easily get to a music studio.

"Students who used to limit the pool of potential teachers to those within a 20-mile radius from their homes now take lessons from teachers — some with world-class credentials — on other coasts or continents. The list of benefits is long: Players of niche instruments now have more access to teachers. Parents can simply send their child down the hall for lessons rather than driving them. And teachers now have a new way to build their business"

Others cite poor sound quality as a limiting factor. One claimed that internet lessons will lead to the outsourcing of music instruction to India, depriving American music teachers of their livelihoods. Another believes that, within 5 years, most music instruction will be delivered over the internet.

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