We had been planning to begin our daughter on violin last year, and have been waiting to go back to in-person lessons. Right now, we wish to remain doing fully virtual instruction. Should we wait for in-person violin lessons? Is beginning violin lessons from scratch even possible in a virtual/online lesson?
This is a good question. I would say that in general, beginning to learn the violin in person would be ideal. Sometimes a concept just needs a teacher to move a student’s hand a bit. Or your teacher might need to help a beginning student move the bow up and down in order to help a beginning student really understand.
That being said, although ideal, one can still begin lessons virtually. What would need to be tempered is our expectations in terms of what areas of learning would move at a faster pace and what areas of learning would move more slowly.
With beginning students I am currently working with virtually, we have increased our focus on music theory, music notation, and note reading while taking virtual lessons. Also, complex rhythmic patterns have gotten more attention, in addition to fine tuning bow hold and stance, while we have been moving more slowly through beginning repertoire.
Our virtual learning/teaching space is very vibrant and active, but also very different from in person lessons. And ultimately I would say that violin lessons that are different from before would be better than none at all!