The Story Behind Why McCoy Music Made the Transition to Online Lessons and Why We Moved to Delta Colorado

For several years before before making the transition to doing Internet based lessons, (the transition was made the last few months of 2010), I had from time to time thought of the possibility of teaching with webcams.  The idea was appealing in that neither the student nor the teacher would have to commute to lessons which would save time, gas, and make it easier to schedule lessons at more convenient times to accommodate student needs.  Also, one of the benefits would be the freedom for the teacher and students to have the ability to move about the country, (or the world for that matter), and still carry on the study of guitar, bass, theory, arranging, and composition anywhere there is a high speed Internet connection.  All of this has come to fruition wonderfully, but through a lot of hard work behind the scene to take full advantage of what new technologies can offer.  So, after a few years of kicking the Skype lessons idea around I decided to take a poll with my students to see how many students already had webcams and then to see how many students would be interested in the new teaching format.  Amazingly 85% of my students already had webcams.  There were a few students with webcams that were not interested in Internet lessons, but there were just as many students that did not have webcams that said they'd get one to continue lessons with me.  The answer was clear that this was the time to just do it!  I had been teaching full time for 30 years in the Denver/Parker Co. area, and most of the time teaching in music store studios that were rather distracting with other lessons going on in the next cubical, or in my home when stores went out of business, (five different stores went out of business over this time period necessitating home teaching).  (Note:  As of 2018 my new Skype guitar lesson format has been a wonderful succsess--no more wasted time commuting and much more convenient for teacher and students alike.)

 

One of the main benefits of doing Internet lessons was that location is no longer important and that is what lead us to settling in Delta Colorado.  My wife's family lives in this area and with repeated visits to the Western Slope, (Western Colorado), over the years I fell in love with the area.  The thought of moving to the Delta area with a smaller population of only 15,000 people, only 25% of the snow that the Denver metro area gets, working from home, slowing down the pace of life, being close to family, and less driving was very appealing.  My wife Candace used to be a full time music teacher in the Parker Co. area but now works in the Health Care field.  She still plays flute and guitar and we perform often doing concerts.  I teach two and half days a week on Skype and two and a half days a week with local Delta students that come to my home studio.  I'm in my fifth year of teaching guitar through "Delta Vision" which is a public school program that offers school credits to students that study with McCoy's Music LLC during the school year.  So that's the story of getting to Delta Colorado through being able to do Internet lessons.  Not only did it allow us to change locations and continue teaching, but it has allowed my students much more freedom in their location such as graduating seniors that go off to college and do not have to quit studying with me--now many such students are continuing their study and progress through maintaining their lessons with me at their new locations.  Many of my students travel a fair amount and schedule lessons on the road since wifi Internet connections are everywhere.  I've taught lessons throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, Kuopio Finland, and Paris France!  It's almost like on the TV show "Star Trek" when I was a kid in the 1960's where people could talk to each other on different planets using Skype and webcams!!!  Pretty Awesome:-)



 

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