Tuition in the Twenty First Century
28/02/18 19:48 Filed in: Newchapel News Articles
I think it’s safe to say that the volume of information that is freely available to us today than at any other time in history. Whatever you want to learn, all you need to do is to find a computer and a world of knowledge is at your fingertips. Even if you don’t own your own computer you can access one in your local library, or simply ask a friend. Of course, this means that there is also the problem of deciding if what you browse is correct. Just because the information is there doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s accurate - check your sources!
Nevertheless, whatever you want to know, it’s only a few clicks away. Is your dishwasher broken? There’s a YouTube video which will show you how to fix it. (We know this from first hand experience!) Do you need a recipe? There are websites with plenty to choose from, and probably a video demonstrating the method too. If you can’t remember a verse or a quote, if you type an approximation of what you’re after Google can decipher it and you won’t need to spend too long searching before you find the authentic version.
With such ease of access you could be tricked into thinking that learning new skills is easier now too. However, you still have to apply yourself to follow through any instructions. For example you still need to actually perform the mechanics to mend the dishwasher and you still need to prepare the ingredients and cook the meal: The computer won’t actually do the task for you. But, if you are serious about wanting to learn and are willing to patiently apply yourself you can learn so much. You can teach yourself to knit, just as if your Granny was sitting next to you by following the YouTube video tutorial. Such a wealth of information, freely available to anyone means that the world is your oyster!
I love to teach. Ever since I was 16 years old I’ve been motivated by the desire to share what little I knew and, as my own skill set gradually developed, the desire to share that knowledge has increased. Private tuition is always a good way to learn music; nothing quite beats that one-to-one format. However, I realise that time and budget may mean that this isn’t an option for everyone. You can still learn if you want to! Because of the wonders of the world wide web I now teach in Quatar, Egypt, the USA - even in Trinidad and Tobago, and it’s all free! If you’re willing to learn you’re already on the right path. I’m systematically working my way through each of the ABRSM Music Theory grades, starting with the absolute basics. Step by step I’ll lead you through everything you need to know about reading and understanding music. I also demonstrate all of the foundational scales on the piano. Every day new tuition days are added on my YouTube Channel and I’ll be continuing to widen the tutorials on offer. The possibilities are endless.
If you want to learn about music and playing the piano there are no barriers. You just need a computer keyboard and a piano keyboard. You can take things at your own pace - and it’s free!
You can find all of my YouTube videos via my website: Visit sharonbill.com and click on the YouTube Videos page to view all of the playlists available.