REMOTE PIANO LESSONS
Like many music teachers, I have had to adapt to teaching my music students online during the COVID-19 pandemic. I understand this will be unfamiliar to most people, so I've tried to provide a bit more information about exactly how it works and answer the most common questions I get asked.
Is remote teaching effective?
Remote lessons have become the ’new norm’ for most instrumental music teachers across the world. Teachers have quickly adapted to the mode of teaching and the vast majority have found it successful and enjoyable. Remote lessons via platforms such as Zoom have become very common and have proved to work extremely well.
How does remote teaching work?
I use Zoom for video conferencing in my lessons. This is a free app and very simple to use. Many of you may have used this or similar to keep in touch with family and friends during the lockdown.
As long as you have reasonable wifi, plus a tablet, laptop or even a smartphone, then it is simple and effective. I will email you a unique code to access our remote lesson. All you need to do is make sure your device is positioned carefully so I can see you and your piano keys. Then we are ready to go!
I will have a copy of your music in front of me and will be sat at my piano so I am able to demonstrate how your piece should sound. I might ask you to annotate your music — young children would benefit from having a parent to help with this.
Does a parent need to sit in on a child’s lesson?
This is up to each individual parent to decide but as discussed, it would help if the child is likely to need help annotating their music. Most parents like to be present for the trial lesson, and then for the start and end of subsequent lessons.
My contract sets out some further guidance on this, such as the requirement to have at least one parent on the premises throughout the virtual lesson.
Are there advantages of remote lessons over face-to-face lessons?
Yes! Firstly, virtual lessons cut the cost and time of having to travel to a teacher’s house and back. As we emerge from lockdown, remote lessons might be preferable to you if you are trying to limit the number of households you have close contact with.
Also, as we are both sat at our pianos, I will be able to demonstrate and show how to play certain things — this is like having the advantage of two pianos in the same room! It also means you don't need to find a teacher who's local, so you have a wider pool to choose from. Many students are now asking for remote piano lessons as their preferred choice.
If you have any more questions about my remote music lessons, please contact me.