By Audrey Watters
In his remarks at TEDxNYED a couple of weeks ago, education activitist Will Richardson shared an anecdote about coming home one day to the sound of "Don't Stop Believin'" on the piano. It was his daughter, a novice pianist, who'd placed Will's laptop next to her and taught herself the song based on a video on YouTube.
It was a testament, Richardson said, to the fact that it's a great time to be a learner, that anything you want to know about can be found online.
But watching a video on how to play a song is just one small part of learning to play an instrument. And it's just one of many opportunities that music students have now. There are abundant YouTube videos (so your repertoire needn't just be the classics of the eighties, as awesome as Journey is). There are apps that help you tune your instrument and apps that help you learn fingering. There are websites galore that offer step-by-step guides -- online method books, if you will -- and videos of how to play guitar, piano, and so on.
ArtistWorks, for example, lets you not just watch and learn online via video, but allows you to record and upload a recording of your music and get personalized feedback from music instructors.