Smackdown: Online Music Lessons

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There are thousands of free music instructional videos on YouTube produced by performers and teachers. Some even feature well-known performers such as Paul McCartney, Andy Summers of The Police and Brian May of Queen.

Some believe online music lessons are a godsend, since formal classes take time and money. Others argue there’s a big problem: many students get it wrong. Today, we’ll debate e-teaching in our weekly Soundcheck Smackdown, with guests Edward Smaldone, director of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, and Jeff McErlain, a guitar teacher who creates lessons using YouTube and Skype.