There are many websites that claim to offer a variety of online music lessons and social media features to connect with teachers. For the most part, most music teachers will offer one on one lessons privately from their own website, through a craigslist ad, or some other way. Today, there are many companies springing up around the net that seem to offer a service connect you through their interface to a live music teacher. However, are many of these sites actually just money making scams?
We have found that when you find a reputable teacher online, or even from your local community, they often arrange to give you lessons via skype or some other method. I am not certain that many people would be willing to join a larger musician community without knowing how the payment process might work, or whether or not laws are being violated on a large scale. Larger communities especially are susceptible to potentially letting in some “questionable characters” that could fall into the vein of child stalker, etc. Many of them will need to comply with the local laws in order to function especially through web cam technology.
We’ve found that many of these sites simply never get off the ground, or do nothing other than connect you with a teacher rather than offer the web cam service itself. Also, it’s much easier to simply work out a lesson or payment schedule with each teacher individually by cutting out the middle man. Search your local newspaper or craigslist listing for an online music teacher that might be able to also meet you in person, which would be the preferred method of taking lessons. Having someone in the room with you can be invaluable to you being able to setup a successful time learning how to play music.
One such company that has gotten very poor reviews all around is Live Music Tutor. You can read the Ripoff Report here – Live Music Tutor Review.
Know what you are getting into if you decide to take lessons online. The better path is to simply call family or friends to see if you can find a reputable teacher that you can connect with. Many of these online music sites are simply trying to make a quick buck by being the middle man, and do not even offer the latest in technology to make the experience the best that it can be. Be careful out there, musicians!