I just hit send on an email confirming the boys’ piano lesson times for next school year (starting in September). After ~1 year and 4 months of doing only VIRTUAL lessons, they will be returning to “in person” lessons finally. (The piano studio decided to just keep things virtual through most of the summer since it was complicated to switch things around mid session.)
A couple of thoughts on this:
1- Virtual lessons went surprisingly WAY, WAY better than I ever expected. Honestly, I feel like they were perfectly fine in that format. In fact, if someone said we had to continue that way indefinitely (for piano), I think it would not be the end of the world.
2- That being said, there are probably (certainly) some benefits to in person lessons. I’m not sure the teacher can always fully see them completely- their posture, hand position, etc. Also, there is a certain awkwardness to speaking via video format. As in, it can be hard to know when the other person is going to start talking, etc. I think the boys might “attend” slightly better in person, too, and they can do other activities like using rhythm flashcards or drum to play a rhythm in the studio.
3- Piano lessons are expensive. They are a priority in our household, though the boys might disagree sometimes. There is a piece of me (and a larger piece of Ivan) that feels like for that cost, they should be IN PERSON. (Obviously, the pandemic was a unique situation.) But Asher’s teacher had the option to continue with virtual lessons even next year, if desired, so I had to choose between an in person slot or a virtual slot on a different day.
4- I cringed just slightly as I hit the “send” button verifying that yes, we want to go back to in person lessons. ONLY because this means that I will need to resume driving them to and from said lessons. 😬
It’s super close to home, and praise the Lord, for once I managed to register as soon as fall registration opened, meaning I got them in for lessons on the same day and the same time!!! (They have different teachers). Yes! This is huge. I’m so proud of myself. Only took me like 7 years to realize you need to respond immediately to get the slots you want, but hey, I finally did it.
This is by far the best option- one trip there and back, no one has to wait for the other…AND I snagged the 3:45 slot (earliest they had), so piano hopefully won’t interfere with Ethan’s soccer or Asher’s swim practice.
But still, you cannot beat the convenience of virtual lessons! The pandemic has made me very, very soft in regards to my tolerance level for driving people around. The boys have liked it, too. It is pretty sweet to just log on 2 seconds before your lesson and then immediately be “home” once it’s over.
I’m hoping that we might have an option to do some occasional virtual lessons in cases of schedule conflicts or make-up lessons. It seemed like they wanted us to commit to either all virtual or all in person (I was actually briefly considering asking if we could do, say, 2 virtual/ 2 in person per month or something.)
Do you have anything you are not 100% looking forward to resuming in person?
I am grateful for a slightly cooler rainy day. Needed a quick break from the scorching heat.