A virtual lesson is a one-on-one lesson that is taught by video chat. The instructor and teacher each must have a phone, tablet, or computer with a video camera. With the devices positioned so that student and teacher can both see each other, the lesson commences much like an in-person lesson, except that the instructor cannot physically touch the student’s hands to correct position – all corrections have to made verbally and visually.
Similar to virtual lessons, correspondence lessons can also be very effective. A live virtual video-chat lesson requires that both student and teacher have reliable internet connections. But a correspondence lesson just needs a way for the student and the teacher to share short video clips. In a correspondence lesson, the teacher gives the student an assignment. The student then practices and ultimately video records progress and sends the video to the teacher. The teacher then comments on the video and sends a message to the student with corrections and further instructions. Not quite as effective as live virtual lessons, but this format does work to keep the student on track. Before the internet, this type of lesson was taught through the mailing of cassette tapes from teacher to student and back again (Artist Music Director Jarl Hulbert’s father, a well-known piano teacher, taught a student working as a missionary in Africa for 2 years in the 1980s this way).