What if you could connect to any music teacher and learn any instrument through a handy, Australia-wide app? This is what John Ferreira from Townsville is hoping to achieve with his Australian-first music app ‘Learn It’, which could change the industry for people of all ages and abilities.
It’s a hard gig trying to learn a new instrument once you’re out of school and sometimes even while you’re still there. For those who are musically gifted, it’s even harder to share those skills and nurture potential students. This is what prompted John to take action.
“I thought about the idea of being able to connect people from all across the country so you’re not limited to just your individual suburb, town or wherever you’re from,” John says. “There are people out there who do Skype lessons at the moment, but you’re using loads of different third party apps or companies to communicate. You’ve got Skype, your emails, messenger and others whereas with Learn It we’re going to condense the whole thing. The idea is that you only have one page and from there you can communicate in any way, you can connect via the weblink and you don’t have to worry about making all sorts of different profiles.”
This is music to a lot of people’s ears (pardon the pun) and will also work on a rating system so that you can filter your teachers by efficiency – but that’s not all.
“Anyone interested in teaching or learning any form of music can join. We’ve got an endless amount of categories,” John says. “It will benefit the teachers because it’s a platform that essentially provides them a database of students all across the country. This way they can help grow their own brand and their own business. Obviously it’s similar for the students. If you’re trying to learn a specific instrument in a small town like Bowen you might not have much, whereas now you can be connected to someone straight away from say Sydney, Brisbane or any place at all really.”
Once signed up to the app, students and teachers can select the type of music they’re interested in, sort it by distance, city or location and have a whole world of new opportunities at their fingertips.
“Anyone interested in teaching or learning any form of music can join. We’ve got an endless amount of categories”
Thanks to the in-depth profiles, students will also be able to learn more about a teacher before progressing and connecting with them.
In a world where there are thousands of communication apps and even more gifted students, it’s great to see that we can combine the two and progress both the industry and our talent pool as a whole.
After all, it would be a sad day if we let something as small as distance discourage future musicians when we live in a world so intricately connected by technology.