In a word, WOW. Since the very first lesson we've been completely blown away. Virtu is very easy to use, very easy to schedule and she hasn't missed a beat connecting or following along online. She loves, loves, loves cello and thinks Andrew is the coolest -- she practices all week for friends and family on Facetime. We're just so happy she has something to sink into, especially now.
— Jaimee H.
Technology is venturing into a new frontier: It is upending and democratizing the world of music lessons.
— New York Times
My son took a 1-hour trial lesson last week. The teacher Josh was amazingly patient and very skilled. My son found him very relatable, and he wants to continue lessons. I was nervous about virtual lessons. I’ve taken him to in-person lessons, and this was by far a better experience. He learned more in 1 hour than he did in a month of bi-weekly lessons.
— Sylvia P.
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I'm a professional guitarist and educator based in Chicago, IL. I graduated from Oberlin's Double Degree program in Jazz Guitar Performance, and currently perform in projects that range from jazz and improvised music to country and indie rock. I welcome students of all ages and all experience levels.
Guitarist Emmett Sher grew up in Staten Island, New York. Coming from a musical family he started guitar at a young age and decided early on to pursue music professionally. Emmett went to Laguardia High School, the Brubeck Institute Fellowship program and finally, Oberlin Conservatory. At Oberlin, Emmett was awarded the Wendell and Bettye Logan Prize in Studies. Last summer, Emmett toured with various bands across the United States as well as Portugal. Emmett recently won second place in the Jarek Smietana Jazz Guitar competition.
Matt Kaplan is a professional guitarist and educator based in New York City. He holds bachelor’s degrees of Music Education and Music Performance with a minor in Piano from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a master’s of Music Performance from Mannes College - The New School for Music. Matt has performed internationally and at venues like Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Recently, Matt released an album of classical guitar chamber music featuring the music of composer Jaime Zenamon.
Elijah Cole is a guitarist, pianist, and composer in Philadelphia. An active member of the Philadelphia music scene, he performs frequently around the city as a sideman and a leader. His music blends a wide array of influences into a unique sound that delivers a powerful emotional message. His mission is to create music that stimulates the mind, soul, and spirit of his listeners.
Leonid Morozov is a 5th generation musician in his family. Before coming to the US Leonid successfully established himself on the Russian jazz scene: participated multiple times in the “Jazz Province” Festival (years 2014,2015,2016 and 2017) and “Lundstrem-fest-100”. Led his own gigs in the top tier Moscow jazz clubs like “Esse”, “Kozlov Club”, “B.B. King club” as well as played as a side man with famous Russian and European jazz musicians.
Luca Ferrara is a guitarist and composer with an extensive background in jazz. He holds a BM from New England Conservatory, where he studied primarily with Joe Morris. Luca aims to teach his students the importance of finding their own unique voice in their craft, and how to refine their technique and musicianship to help carry that voice forward. He believes a strong foundation in the fundamentals of one's instrument and music theory is essential. Inspiration from jazz, bluegrass, and folk music can be heard in his latest original work.
“In a word, WOW. Since the very first lesson we've been completely blown away. Virtu is very easy to use, very easy to schedule and she hasn't missed a beat connecting or following along online. She loves, loves, loves cello and thinks Andrew is the coolest -- she practices all week for friends and family on Facetime. We're just so happy she has something to sink into, especially now.”
- David H. Virtu.Academy parent since 2020
“What struck me immediately was the quality of the teachers was something like I’d never seen. To have someone from Juilliard or Oberlin is unbelievable! I hired one of your drummers who gets on with my little nine year old boy, and it’s like they’re bros. It exposes you to world-class talent you would never have the opportunity otherwise to work with.”
- Dr. Bob Arnot Former Chief Medical Correspondent, NBC
“Santi’s teacher studied at Juilliard and they have teachers from Cleveland Orchestra, Met Opera, and so many cool backgrounds. Since this year was a little different, we decided to start virtually, and it ended up being something we fell in love with since it reduced our time on the road. We knew that from the comfort of our home, he was still getting incredible lessons.”
- Jessica S. Virtu.Academy Parent
“Virtu.Academy has completely exceeded my expectations. If you’re hesitant about doing lessons over Zoom then do not be because I’ve had a better experience through doing Zoom lessons with Amy than I ever have with any other lessons. I think this is a resource of the future. I don’t think it gets better than this.“
- Noah H. Virtu.Academy Student
How much do lessons cost?
Lessons are $29 per half hour or $54 per hour. Your first lesson is 50% off to make sure you find the perfect teacher for you!
Are online lessons as effective as in-person lessons?
Although there are some differences, multiple studies on distance learning, including this study from UNC, have shown that students are 36% more focused and perform 22% better when compared to in-person lesson.
We also take advantage of Zoom’s High Fidelity Music Mode, which was developed in partnership with Yale School of Music. This ensures that your teacher can hear every detail of your playing during each lesson.
How does Virtu.Academy choose their teachers?
All our teachers are from top music conservatories, such as Juilliard or Oberlin. They also must have extensive teaching experience and be recommended by conservatory professors.
What do I need to begin lessons?
After choosing a teacher and purchasing a lesson, all you need is a computer with a built in microphone and webcam. After booking you will be sent a link that connects you with your teacher at the scheduled time with two clicks.