The New York Times has an interesting article about the growth of remote-learning music lessons, thanks to webcams and software like Skype. People are learning to play instruments over the internet, both with individual teachers and music schools. “People who do online lessons end up doing a more consistent lesson schedule,” says Rockfactory boss Nick Antonaccio. “They don’t have to fight snowstorms. They don’t have to take an hour a day to get to us. Other things don’t conflict, like baseball games.” Is there something here for the music industry? Not in terms of demanding a royalty payment for songs performed over a Skype videochat to a teacher – please not this – but more in terms of the demand for screen-based music lessons, and how licensed music might fit into that.

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