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The Future and Benefits on Online Music Lessons and Online Learning

With the rising costs of transportation, energy, building facilities, and maintaining offices, it is only logical that online businesses and services will thrive. Why drive to the video store, when you can watch a movie with a streaming movie service? Why drive to a piano teacher’s house, when you can stream a class over the computer? With the growing demand on our everyday lives, one of the best things we can do is make things easier and while enhancing quality. Being able to stream services to you over the internet will save you money, time, and resources; something we could all use more of.

Is it Really True that Traditional Face-to-Face Lessons are Superior to Online Lessons?

One of the main arguments against online learning is that it can’t compete with and is flawed when compared with traditional face to face learning. I understand this argument, since I have a few piano students who aren’t focused enough to learn the material without me there to instruct them. However, some like to learn on their own, teach their own children, and do things on their own accord. Online classes are perfect as a supplementary tool for parents wishing to teach their own children music. In addition, it is important to note that online classes can also supplement public school education as well. Online classes and traditional learning don’t need to be enemies and can complement each other if done right.

Benefits of Online Learning

Among the great benefits of online education is the ability to review content over and over. The human mind has a tendency to drift in and out of focus, which makes it hard to retain all of the information in a traditional class. With online learning, materials can be reviewed multiple times to reinforce concepts. Also worth mentioning is the amount and variety of learning tools available to online learning. You can look up videos, information, and applications to assist your understanding of a concept. You can even learn from a wide variety of sources to gain different perspectives on topics relevant to your study. Of course, online learning offers some the opportunity to learn who would not otherwise have that opportunity. Lastly, as stated in the opening paragraph; online learning is convenient, easy, and more cost effective.

Will Online Classes Replace Traditional Learning?

It’s impossible to know what the future holds. However, I don’t see online learning completely replacing traditional classrooms. I do believe that online learning will continue to grow and become more commonplace in the future. The amount of resources and technology used in online learning will continue to grow. Turning to online solutions education will continue to offer a great opportunity to pursue areas of study without having to leave your house.

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Learn a Musical Instrument, Prepare for a Career

Invisible Career-Path Available Only to Musicians

For a skilled musician, there is an additional career path that is invisible to the non-musician. This is an additional benefit beyond the pleasure of playing music, the attention it brings, and the better academic performance than students who do not learn to play a musical instrument. It is a broad range of extra career opportunities that non-musicians never even consider.

But if you’re a musician, you can apply. Let’s take a look at these careers that are available only to musicians

Education: Are you a musician who has also studied education? If so, there are numerous music education opportunities that may interest you:

§ Music educator at a college, conservatory, university

§ Music teacher at secondary or elementary school

§ Private music instructor

§ Music supervisor

§ Choir director

Therapy: Are you a musician who has also studied psychiatry? You can practice the trade of music therapy in a wide array of settings. Some of the sources of employment for music therapists are the following:

§ Schools

§ Universities

§ Nursing Homes

§ Mental health clinics

§ Correctional Facilities

§ Private practice

Business: Ever wonder what it takes to work in business management? Besides business smarts, an ability to talk the language of music will take you places the non-musican cannot go:

§ Artist Manager or Agent

§ Talent Agent

§ Concert Promoter

§ Independent Radio Promoter

§ Music Business Entrepreneur

§ Music Business Consultant

§ Record Company Executive

§ Music Publisher

§ Tour Coordinator

Performance: Actors are more highly valued if they have a musical education. Today, with so few actors multi-skilled as they were in the era of the large studios, this can be a real advantage. Below are some of the jobs for which an actor who is also a musician may “incidentally” be qualified.

§ Performing artist

§ Soloist, instrumental or vocal

§ Studio musician

§ Background vocalist

§ Theatre musician

§ Accompanist

§ Church musician

§ Product demonstrator for instrument manufacturer

Movies / Video Games: If you study movies or video game production, a background as a musician will help you prepare for music-related jobs such as the following:

§ Conductor

§ Music Composer

§ Music Editor

§ Music Supervisor (to scout for music)

§ Arranger (to determine the mix of song elements per the conductor or producer’s specifications)

§ Sound designer (of effects to accompany music score)

§ Jingle writer / composer

From education to video games, there are careers available for those who happen to have a background in music which the rest of us never see. Each of these fields requires time and study for proficiency, but they represent a career path that is nonexistent for non-musicians.

Sure, you already knew that playing music could improve your quality of life. Now you know it can improve the quality of your career.

Video Tricks of the Trade

If you’ve been given the job of making a video for your company, you need to know a few things before you begin. Even if you’re experienced and feel like you could produce it alone, start by getting advice from a video production company. They are professionals. They do this every day, and they usually answer many questions free of charge. Though you may not intend to hire them, they can provide another perspective on the project and may offer money-saving suggestions. You may still decide to do the project yourself, or you may decide to employ them for some, perhaps all, of your production work.

Who do I choose?

Video producers are a lot like psychiatrists; you must find one that suits you. Ask your friends if they know a good production company. View the company’s demo reels online and make note of what impresses you.

Production companies come in different sizes and specialties, so give them a call and find out what they do best. Some companies only do video editing. Others specialize in audio production or 3D graphics. Some are full-service companies that can handle any part of the process you want. You can hire video services a la carte (for example: shooting only), or you can commission a whole video, which may result in considerable cost savings.

If you’re interested in a full-service production company, start by talking with said company’s account executive. They can get the conversation started, listen to your ideas, and walk you through their pricing structure. They can also help tease out what you really want to say with the video, educate you about production options like high-definition, and get your creative juices flowing with sample programs. It’s time well-spent.

A few companies in every market are capable of full script-to-screen film and video production. They have in-house producers who can help you develop concepts for the video or help you think of some new ones. They can coordinate scriptwriting, shooting, editing, graphic design, music, and audio sweetening for you. Together, you and your producer can steer the process, ensure your message is getting through, and get the necessary approvals inside your company as needed. You can even watch casting calls or rough-cuts on line.

This process can be costly, but it pays off. You get Hollywood production values for a fraction of what it would cost in Hollywood. You receive help focusing your message for a fraction of an ad agency fee. You complete a quality project with less disruption of your existing schedule.

Garbage in, garbage out.

This is not to say that finding a good video production partner guarantees success. Video producers are just regular people with a knack for filmmaking. They’re skilled in taking your ideas and translating them into the language of movies with drama, suspense, musical scores and special effects. However, the movie they make is only as good as the ideas that you give them.

Your guidance is critical to the film’s success, so the earlier you have input the greater its effect. Making a video with a producer is a little like building a house with an architect. First, you tell her what you want. She makes some sketches. Pick and choose what you life. She makes more detailed sketches. You continue to offer feedback, and together you grow closer and closer to your vision. As you commit to an approach a little at a time, each of your decisions becomes part of the final design.

A good producer might begin with an outline, then a draft script, then a more refined script. When you arrive at an approach that feels like it will really work, the producer will oversee the construction of your video.

Rules of Thumb

  • Make a project timeline with your producer. It’ll be easier to abide by if you do it together.
  • Offer creative notions for your video in the first meeting so the producer can help you decide what works and what doesn’t. Hearing your thoughts will help him or her develop ideas for you.
  • When the project gets underway, check-in with your producer on a regular basis. You will know what’s going on and you can answer any questions he or she might have.
  • Be prompt with your feedback. Have your process in place so you can read outlines or scripts, look at graphics or rough cuts and get back to the producer as soon as possible with your corrections and comments. This prevents “data leak,” which happens when the client takes his or her eyes off the project for too long and loses track of the next steps.
  • Manage expectations! Early on, decide who within your company needs to see this video and approve it. Enlist their support and involve them in the scripting phase so the program has their input right from the start. If they’ve approved it along the way, they’re more likely to approve it at the end. Give them regular updates along the way. Help them stay excited about the project, but not to expect Saving Private Ryan for the price of a GI Joe. They will appreciate having a realistic sense of how the project’s going and develop a sense of ownership, which will be helpful at the end of the process.

Best of luck with your production. Whether you go it alone or hire someone to do the whole thing, collaborating with a good production company can make the most of your production budget.