Times have changed when it comes to music and technology...Guitar Outlet Store owner Keith Sperl is reaching out to students all over the country, by way of Skype to teach others to play instruments such as guitar, banjo, Violin, and piano, just to name a few. He says that this new technology offers many benefits to people that otherwise would not be possible without this online technology.
"You can teach everywhere, you can teach students in Estonia, students in Soda Springs. They don't have to pay the gas money to drive in for these lessons and it saves them a lot of money and they are getting awesome teachers,” says, Guitar Outlet Store owner, Keith Sperl.
Many of his teachers come from the talented family he calls his own, who have years of experience in playing musical instruments and being a part of entertainment groups, such as his daughter Sloan who toured the county performing and was also a contestant on American Idol and Breanna who is a local violinist that plays for the Idaho State Civic Symphony.
"I have one little girl, I used to teach her here and she moved far away, and so now I teach her skype, and she has had to take on a lot of responsibility, because instead of me just giving her the music and writing things down myself, I have to tell her ok now here you have to put a break, or you have to write in your own notes, so it makes them have to assume a lot of responsibility, so it's kind of cool,” says, instructor, Sloan Dalley.
"Teaching violin over Skype is nice because you can reach out to a wide variety of people,” says, instructor, Breanna Ward.
Keith says not everybody can teach an instrument on Skype, it takes a special kind of instructor.
"You have to have a really outgoing personality. Your personality has to come through that camera and make a connection with your student,” added Keith.
"You have to have a really good ear and you have to know if they made a mistake, because you know, sometimes you can't see, so yes, sometimes it is hard. It is harder than just teaching a one on one lesson, but it's so much fun, and it's worth it,” added, Sloan.
The instructors say they are excited about using this technology to teach, and they feel like this is a unique way of teaching to a broader spectrum of students.
"I would say that as for Southeast Idaho we are definitely ahead of our time here at Guitar Outlet, and it's really great for us to have an opportunity to reach people all over,” added, Breanna.