Online lessons are for many a welcome alternative to on-location lessons, allowing you to learn in the comfort of your own home, while seated at your own piano or keyboard. This lesson format removes obstacles that make piano lessons inaccessible for many students. It is a good option for those with limited free time, eliminating travel time and allowing for greater flexibility in scheduling. It also increases the geographical range for finding a suitable teacher, and is convenient for families who would otherwise need to bring along siblings, or find a babysitter. You won’t need to worry about coats, umbrellas, pets, or packing up lesson materials.
With the right hardware and a reliable internet connection, Skype/online piano lessons are very effective, and even offer some advantages over traditional lessons. That being said, some teachers and students will always prefer the in-person interaction. The only way to know what works best for you is to try, and I am always open to students switching from online to on-location when scheduling and circumstances allow.
Benefits of Learning to Play
► strengthens self-confidence
► promotes perseverance and discipline
► improves concentration and cognitive skills
► improves fine motor skills and dexterity
► helps prevent neurodegenerative diseases
► boosts the production of endorphins
► relieves stress and helps overcome obstacles
► opens the door to all other instruments
► stimulates emotions and expressiveness
► develops creativity
The Value of an Instructor
With so many free online tutorials for learning to play the piano, one might ask, what is the advantage of having an online instructor? In my view, my role is to guide each student along a path that is best suited to their personal goals, level of ability and rate of progress.
Unlike pre-designed, one-for-all tutorials, private lessons deliver a very personalized route to success. During each lesson, I have a chance to observe the results of previous assignments and work with students to further develop their skills through practicing together, presenting examples, and engaging in dialogue. Each student has a chance to report their successes, challenges and frustrations, and to engage an interactive exchange that is designed to teach them how to improve their practicing strategy, and to achieve higher levels of competency and enjoyment.