Thinking of starting online piano lessons?
Covid-19 changed the way many of us thought, engaged and learned and online piano lessons is now one of the ‘new normal’ things happening all around the world as a result of this.
Pre-Covid I was a very traditional, hands-on piano teacher, sitting beside my students, watching and guiding their hands and elbows. Any other form of piano mentoring seemed like a completely alien culture. However, when the UK government announced the lockdown in March 2020, it became an ‘adapt or die’ situation. So, in consultation with other piano teachers, I bravely took a step into the new world of online piano lessons and what a journey it has been for both me and my pupils!
Once we’d got over the first few lessons and the obligatory teething issues (mainly technology related and getting to know the video conferencing software Zoom properly), things started to become more normal. 3 months later (June 2020) and online piano lessons were the only way I was teaching. We then enjoyed a brief respite from the effects of the pandemic and most of my students returned to face-to-face lessons. Many of them however said that they would prefer the online piano lessons and would prefer to continue to learn the piano via this method. Honestly I was surprised at this so asked why they’d prefer to continue online and it turns out that there are a whole lot of benefits:
What are the benefits of online piano lessons?
- Learning from the Comfort of your own home
- Can’t find a good piano teacher near you?
- Can’t find a piano teacher you click with near you?
- Lessons are more focused
- Time Saving
Learning from the comfort of your own home
- Online piano lessons are in-home piano lessons and there’s a lot to enjoy about that: Your home is a safe place so choosing online piano lessons reduces feelings of anxiety, particularly for beginners, since you’re in your own comfortable space.
- Online lessons also mean that you play on your own piano. Many adults find this very appealing as they prefer the familiarity of their own piano.
- You get the best of both worlds as your piano teacher is providing the lesson in your home, except they can’t see the state of your kitchen or living room!
- There’s no travelling time wasted and traffic to contend with. Your 1 hour lesson starts at 3PM? Online you go at 2.59pm, enjoy your live piano lesson and end at 4PM and then get back to what you need to do.
Can’t find a good piano teacher near you?
- People living in rural or low-density locations can find it tricky to find a piano teacher. Sometimes there isn’t anyone nearby. Or if there is, that teacher only teaches children. Or their schedule doesn’t allow new students. If the right teacher lives an hour away, you are looking at a 3-hour roundtrip for each lesson. Most adults don’t have that amount of free time to spend on an evening or afternoon.There are plenty of excellent teachers all over the world who love teaching adults and I am one of them. Thanks to our connected, online world, distance has now become irrelevant. You have many more options by considering taking your lessons online.
Can’t find a piano teacher you click with near you?
- Let’s say you do find a teacher nearby who has some availability and is happy to take on adult students. What if you don’t click with them? Let’s face it, we don’t all get on with everyone and some people just don’t ‘gel’.
- What if you want to learn ‘for fun’ and the teacher near you expects an ‘academic attitude’?
- Or vice versa! What if you prefer a more rigorous approach, but the local teacher likes to keep lessons casual?
- Or what if you want to learn jazz piano, and your local teacher only teaches classical? (I teach both by the way)
- By considering online lessons, you don’t have to settle for a teacher because they live near you. You can interview multiple people. You can try out a few lessons with different teachers to get a feel for their style. Most importantly, you can select someone with whom you feel a connection. Why don’t you book an introductory online piano lesson with me now?
Lessons are more focused
- The past 3 months experience of doing solely online piano lessons has shown me that online lessons are very much more focused and productive.That doesn’t mean in person lessons can’t be of course! But in person, it is so much easier to procrastinate and chat. Before you know it, 15 minutes have gone by of your 60-minute lesson, and you haven’t even touched the piano yet!
- I’ve noticed that online lessons demand more concentration than in-person lessons. They appear to be more stimulating and keep us more focused. That increased focus is allowed us to be extra-productive!
Online piano lessons save time
- By taking online lessons, you don’t have to drive to a teacher. You open your laptop or tablet and connect with the teacher. It hardly requires any setup time, and costs you a lot less travel time too!
- Time savings make online piano lessons very appealing for busy adults.
- Online lessons can also relieve your schedule! Imagine you prefer to take your lessons at 7 am in the morning before heading off to work. Good luck finding a local teacher willing to accommodate that! But someone in a different time zone might be able to teach you at that time without any problem.Online lessons make scheduling much easier!
How does it work?
If you’d like to have online piano lessons with me, you will need to have:
- A Zoom account – you’ll need to download the app and signup which you can do here for free
- Either a laptop computer, desktop computer or tablet (or any other computer as long as it is has a camera on along with speakers and a microphone and the camera can be pointed at you so that I can see your hands on the keyboard
- A piano or keyboard, digital piano or clavinova
I will email you a Zoom invite (which, if you always do your lessons online will be the same one each lesson).
At the time of your lesson I will begin the session and admit you into the ‘Zoom room’. Make sure your computer/tablet/phone is setup so I can see you and I will instruct accordingly if I need to see what your hands are doing.
Got more questions about online piano lessons? Please email me.
Online piano lessons for adults
So now that we’ve covered the benefits of online piano lessons, let’s discuss the issue of learning piano as an adult. If you are an beginner you may wonder if you’ve left it too late to learn to play the piano well?
Well the answer is simple: No you have not left it too late. It’s never too late for adults to learn to play the piano, and play it well too! You can make your musical dreams and aspirations a reality by starting on your own musical journey by taking adult piano lessons.
Playing the piano as an adult is also a good way to relieve stress – listening to music is a good stress reliever, so playing it works even better.
Many adults think that it’s impossible to learn to play the piano, but this isn’t true. New brain connections may not develop as rapidly in adults as they do in children, but this doesn’t mean that our brains retire once we hit 18! Additionally, as an adult, it’s much easier for you to grasp abstract concepts like notation and translate them into hand movements. So when it comes to comprehending music, it’s an advantage to be older and wiser. You learn much faster by understanding, not by relying on trial and error.
If you really want to learn how to play the piano, it’s definitely not your age that is holding you back. All it takes is you, a piano and a song you love and I can guide and teach you to play the pieces you love while learning the fundamentals in an enjoyable atmosphere.
So, here are a few thing to keep in mind:
- Free your mind! There is NO “too old!”
- Start with a great song.
- Don’t rush yourself! It’s about fun, not about speed.
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