Online learning has some serious benefits, both for students and families!
The student becomes more independent- they must pay better attention to the score, know where in the music they are, the bar numbers, the notation and the details. They have to figure much more out on their own.
The student must listen closely to the teacher and their playing.
The student can work from the comfort of their home environment and play on their own instrument.
No travelling needed; can still have lessons in a snowstorm, when the car is in the shop, when a parent is ill or unable to bring them, when the student is slightly under the weather.
No forgotten books or sheet music.
Parents can enjoy some free time of their own instead of waiting in the car outside the studio.
Siblings do not need to come along to lessons.
No need to miss out on piano completely since online lessons are available. The student's progress will not be hindered by missing out on lessons for weeks or months.
Many other activities such as sports and clubs are closed. Students probably are not able to play in their band or orchestras. Online lessons may be one of the few activities the student still has, and their piano teacher may be one of the few people that they interact with regularly.
Students are learning to use online communication which will be vital, standard method as we venture into the future.