• Lydia Keeney

Online Piano Lessons


When people hear that I teach virtual piano lessons, many times they are taken back. A common question that I get asked: “How could you possibly teach piano lessons over a webcam with it being so hands on?” Part of the reason people are so shocked by the idea is that they are imagining traditional piano lessons being taught over Skype. It would be nearly impossible to successfully teach traditional lessons over Skype because there are so many things that the student has to focus on all at the same time. With this method there is only one thought process happening at a time and because of that it is just as easy to teach over Skype as it is in person! I have really enjoyed teaching over Skype.

You might be wondering “What exactly does a Skype lesson entail? How are the songs learned?” Let me explain. I draw upon basic oral skills & the natural ear for music that the student already has and use those things to help the student play music. I teach the student how to recognize patterns within songs & how to take those patterns apart like lego pieces & to re-create the song using their own style of playing (AKA composition & Improvisation.)

I know from my own experience that there were days when I’d go to my piano lesson and I couldn’t focus because I had such a busy day prior to the lesson. I ended up missing part of the lesson because I wasn't able to concentrate as well as I normally do. Guess what?! That no longer has to happen to my students, thanks to The Student Home Materials!

Within the Student Home Materials, there are little video nuggets that allow the students to recap the prior day’s piano lesson. The students have access to watch these video clips whenever they so desire. This is such a great asset!

Why would you pick virtual lessons over going somewhere to have piano lessons? There’s something about having lessons in the comfort of your own home where you naturally feel the most comfortable and relaxed. Here are a few reasons why Skype lessons might be a better fit for you.

  1. Perhaps you live in the country or you have commitments that keep you from being able to make a drive during the week to go to piano lessons. With virtual lessons, you don’t have to worry about the commute. Literally sit down by the piano and sign into Skype to have your lesson!

  2. You travel constantly so you don’t want to get committed to piano lessons in one area when you might have to pick everything up and move within months.

  3. Taking Skype lessons is the perfect medium to help get over stage fright. There’s something about being in your own home that tends to makes you more relaxed. Performing over the webcam can be less nerve wracking than performing in person. Disclaimer!! the ultimate goal here is to have you so confident in your playing that you'll be the one volunteering to play the piano at your local coffee shop when given the opportunity, but stage fright is a real thing, and taking Skype lessons is a perfect stepping stone for some people to help build up their confidence in this area.

If you have any questions about Skype lessons, please ask away! I LOVE questions!:)

Until next time,

Lydia

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~Berthold Auerbach


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