The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of life for today’s students. School went virtual and the learning curve was significant. Kudos to all you parents who have survived the spring semester!
There’s light at the end of that tunnel, but now parents face a summer full of canceled activities and bored kids. Parents are scrambling, looking for activities that are both entertaining and enriching and that – most importantly – don’t require a ton of time or prior knowledge from the parents.
Music lessons can be a great addition to your child’s summer schedule, and thanks to COVID-19 we now offer digital instruction for every instrument via live video calls. We’ve already made this transition for our current students, and the results have been pretty great.
Music Instruction Has Gone Virtual, Too
Here at Brill Music Academy, we’ve navigated some of the same challenges that the school systems faced. We’ve moved our music lessons from in-person instruction to online virtual instruction. As a result, our students and instructors can continue learning and teaching while maintaining safe social distancing.
We are grateful to live in an era where we have the technology to teach in this way. Most of our students have made this transition well and are continuing to progress in their music studies.
Whether you’re a current student (or parent of a student) or you’re exploring the idea of music lessons for the first time, we’re here to help.
Virtual Music Lessons at Brill Music Academy
Our online music classes are easy to access and provide the perfect accommodations for current students and prospective students looking to learn an instrument during these unprecedented times.
You’ll schedule your session with a qualified and experienced instructor. You’ll log in to our online portal for your lessons, where the curriculum will be customized to your personal goals and continue to master your instrument of choice from the comfort of your own home.
In addition to offering traditional lessons virtually, the team at Brill Music Academy put our heads together to compile this resource page. Below you’ll find a wealth of activities that you can provide for your children – no advanced music degree required!
Attend Virtual Concerts
One of the best ways to keep your child musically engaged is to attend concerts. In-person concerts are temporarily on hiatus, but there are plenty of musicians and arts organizations putting on virtual concerts during the pandemic. Many of these are available for free right now, too.
Las Vegas’s own Las Vegas Philharmonic has numerous resources available, including special archive broadcasts of recent concerts on Nevada Public Radio. Orkidstra Online is a unique interactive educational experience put together by the Las Vegas Philharmonic, as well. Any child interested in exploring orchestral instruments should check this one out.
Nationally, both the Metropolitan Opera and Broadway are getting in on the action. Here’s one way to watch Broadway productions, and the Met is broadcasting free streams nightly. Maybe opera isn’t exactly in your family’s wheelhouse, but there’s no time like the present to expand your cultural horizons.
All these virtual concert ideas make for awesome musical experiences for your current – or future – Brill Music Academy student.
Read or Create Composer Biographies
Children of all ages can deepen their music education at home by reading composer biographies or creating a “composer report.” Biographies of famous historical composers like Bach and Beethoven are available in book form, and there are plenty of online resources for this sort of thing, as well.
If your child can read independently, assign them an age-appropriate composer biography. Have your child prepare a synopsis or report on the composer, sharing top things he or she learned. Your child could even present this information to the rest of the family, spreading the learning around!
Make Their Music Come Alive
Many music students have favorite pieces, or particular works they are striving to learn. Parents can help make this music come alive by showing their kids what a great performance of their favorite songs looks like. YouTube is great for this. All parents have to do is search for the name of the piece, and more than likely they will find a top-notch performances.
This is especially true for classical repertoire, but we’ve found that even the pieces contained in most piano or instrument methods books are available on YouTube.
Haven’t started yet? That’s OK! You can easily find professional, inspiring performances on your child’s instrument of choice on YouTube with just a little searching.
YouTube Tutorials for Instrument Problems
If you play a band or orchestra instrument, you know that sometimes stuff goes wrong with the instrument itself. There’s no need to wait until your next lesson to have your child’s teacher help you diagnose and fix the problem virtually. YouTube is full of tutorial videos for common instrument problems. Whether you need to replace violin strings or deal with some other small fix, YouTube can show you what to do so you can get your child practicing again right away.
Talk with Your Child’s Teacher
These ideas are a great start to help you keep your child engaged. Of course, for current student families, you child’s teacher may share more targeted resources with you, ones that fit your child’s personality, instrument, and stage of musical development. Feel free to talk with your child’s teacher at the next lesson.
At Brill Music Academy, we’re here to help. If you’re interested in trying out virtual lessons, reach out today!