In the past when technology was still immature, leanring guzheng had to take place face-to-face in a one-on-one or group setting. Now due to technological improvement, we can learn many things online, from attending university classes, to learning a hobby. This even includes leanring Guzhengs.
I live in a rural area where there is no Guzheng teacher at all. When I first decided to learn Guzheng again, I did not have much hope because many Guzheng teachers give classes face-to-face. However, I was fortunate enough to be able to find a teacher who was willing to give a try to teach my Guzheng online. By now, she has been teaching me online for more than two years! As far as I know, she now also has other online students from North and South America.
Online teaching is indeed convenient. But if you want to try it, there are some factors that need to be considered carefully:
- If you already have some Guzheng foundaiton, then online learning will be much easier. Before I started learning online, I had learned from another teacher for more than a year. I already learned some basic techniques and theories. So when the current teacher taught me through the computer, it was not too difficult for me to understand.
- You need very good and reliable network connection and speed.
- Think about what kind of platforms you are able to use: Skype, Wechat, Facebook …
- If you and your teacher have different time zones, it is important to think about that.
- Online learning does not require travelling. However, it might be more tempting to skip classes when you are tired. So, make sure you find some ways to motivate yourself not to skip classes.
- Get a good, reliable laptop or tablet with good audio and camera. I’m using an iPad currently to take lessons.
- Buy a stable iPad floor stand to hold your tablet / device.
Here are some of the guzheng teachers I know have to offer online teaching:
- Nancy Chan (Hong Kong)
- Music 1688 (Taiwan)
- Bei Bei He (U.S.A)
- LunLun Zou (Hong Kong)
- Eason Music (Singapore)