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It doesn’t take fancy, expensive lessons to turn into a musician. Artists including Paul McCartney and Elton John were self-taught, meaning with a little time and dedication you or the aspiring musician in your life can start strumming along to favorite songs — or maybe even write some originals.
No matter what skill level or goal they have, there are online music lesson sites that can teach anyone how to play the guitar, piano, drums and more, making arguably the best gift for musicians or singers looking to expand their skillset. They don’t even have to leave their house either! It’s done completely online from the comfort of their own space.
Regardless of your budget or preference, we scoured the Internet to see what was offered and compiled a list of the best online piano and guitar lessons. These sites aren’t just limited to piano and guitar either; most of them teach a variety of skills and instruments. So once they master one instrument, your loved one can just move on to the next.
Take a look below to see our list of the best online music lessons to get them twinkling those keys or strumming chords at their own pace.
Best Online Music Lessons
Act fast! Right now, Udemy is offering classes for as low as $13.99. With some classes costing $60, that means you can score over 70% off with this limited promo!
The deal ends Thursday night (Dec. 21), which means you don’t want to sleep on it. Classes are taught from experts around the world, with one even claiming to teach guitar in just 21 days — and they aren’t limited to instruments. They can also learn photography, marketing, business and more.
MasterClass has garnered attention for its library of classes taught by notable experts, including electric guitar lessons from Rage Against the Machine‘s Tom Morello, jazz piano teachings by Herbie Hancock and even vocal lessons from Christina Aguilera. Right now, you can take advantage of their two-for-one membership promo that’ll give your recipient and you the opportunity to try the platform out for just the cost of one person.
There are three plans for MasterClass, with the individual one being $10/month, which gives access to a library of over 180 classes. There’s also a duo plan for $15/month that allows use on up to two devices on one account and a family plan for $20/month, where that allows it to be used on six devices on one account.
Skillshare is a membership-based learning platform that offers more than 27,000 classes (including around 2,000 free options) whether you’re looking to pick up an instrument or a cooking utensil.
Currently, you can get 30 days free before paying as low as $32/month (which equates to around $168/year).
For those looking to get educated at the university level, Coursera Plus has over 5,800 courses, professional certificates and degrees from universities and companies.
Classes include guitar basics and music theory for anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of the art. You can join for free — though the free membership has a limited library, whereas Coursera Plus will provide unlimited access.
ArtistWorks is having a Holiday Sale with 50% off any of their courses with the code 50 Holiday — meaning big savings for you and a stellar gift for your friend.
Through the membership, they’ll receive step-by-step lesson paths, personalized feedback, play-along tracks and more, with teachings by Grammy-nominated rock guitarist Paul Gilbert, renowned pianist Christie Peery and many others. Plans are based on a 3-month, 6-month and 12-month subscription.