I'm Dr. Lory Peters. For more than four decades, I've been teaching students to play the piano. If you have always wanted to learn the piano, now you can with my live, one-on-one piano lessons on Zoom®. With my unique online system, you will learn to play the piano at home, on your own piano. Read more below about online piano lessons and then let's get started on your piano journey!
Piano lessons online are just like the traditional in-person kind. Except, with online piano lessons, your piano lessons are at home, with your own piano. Using Zoom, your one-on-one piano lessons are private and secure.
At lesson time, you simply sit down at your piano, sign-on with me on your Zoom app and start learning.
During your lessons, you will see me teach from four different high definition cameras. This lets me demonstrate techniques and hand positions from different perspectives. The audio is also high-def. I use a studio-quality microphone and send my piano's audio directly into the live stream so that you can clearly hear what I am playing. When recorded music samples are needed to demonstrate a concept, I will play the audio into the Zoom app as well. An online whiteboard is also used during lessons. Other software lets you play with accompaniment like bass and drums.
After each lesson, I'll send you my lesson notes so that you can review what you learned, and take note of your assignment for the next lesson. I often send my own recordings as well so that you can hear how I play the same passage you are practicing. And when questions come up during the week, you can always email or text me.
Getting started with live, online piano lessons isn't difficult or expensive. In fact, you probably already have most of what you will need to become a piano student with Dr. Lory. Here is a brief rundown of getting set up for online piano lessons.
For online piano lessons, you will need either an electronic keyboard or an acoustic piano that is in tune. If your keyboard is electronic, it should have keys that allow you to change volume by varying the pressure on the keys, and has an appropriate touch that will allow you to develop your technique. Your piano will also need to have at least floor one pedal (damper pedal).
You will need a computer or a tablet with a camera. Your phone can also work, but you will miss a lot of detail in the video I am streaming to you. A larger screen works best for demonstrating piano concepts and techniques.
I use Zoom® to stream live piano lessons. You will need to install the Zoom app on your computer or tablet. The app is free and is available here. Depending on where you are in your piano studies, additional software may be needed. These include Notion, forScore, and iReal Pro.
An external webcam is helpful so that I can watch how you are playing. There are a variety of good-quality cameras available online. A flexible camera stand may also be needed so that you can aim the camera from the side at both you and your piano keyboard. Online retailers such as Amazon have many different stands that will work.
You will need a good internet connect to enjoy smooth video streaming. According to the Zoom support site, a minimum upload and download speed of 2-3 Mbps is needed. However, these are the minimum requirements. I find that students with slower internet speeds experience more jittery video streaming. Faster speeds are always better. To check your connection speeds, visit Speedtest.net website.
Your keyboard area should be well-lit. If you are used to streaming from your computer for business, you may already have camera lighting. However, additional room lighting, such as a floor lamp will make it easier for me to see your piano and your hand positions as well.
Here are some of the questions I normally get when piano students are considering online piano lessons. If you have other questions, please contact me.
Probably the biggest advantage to online piano lessons is that you have access to some of the best piano teachers available anywhere. Many accomplished piano teachers are now teaching online; some, like me, are only teaching online. This is a real advantage if you happen to live in a rural area, or an area in North America or Europe underserved by quality teachers.
Another advantage with online piano lessons is that you will study at your own piano. This is a real plus over going to a piano studio where the pianos are often well-worn and at the same level of quality as your own instrument.
There are a couple. Unlike traditional music lessons, it’s not possible to work side-by-side like students and teachers have always done. Today, more and more of us are used to taking online courses, so this may not be an issue for you.
The other disadvantage might be that since I will be playing my own piano during lessons, you may have to stop what you are doing in order to hear my playing. But students tell me that this isn’t a problem since there are more opportunities to watch and learn as I play the sections we are studying.
Oh yeah! Some of my best students are adults with no previous experience who quickly mastered the foundations of music and started studying the easier classics within their first or second year of study. If you are committed to practice and study, you will learn to play and enjoy the piano.
At the start of lessons, one of the things students find most challenging practicing correctly and efficiently. In your first few lessons, we’ll spend a fair amount time on practice technique to make sure you get off to a good start. If you have been taking piano lessons for a while, we’ll take a look at how you are practicing. I’ll give some advice on any changes you’ll want to make.
There have a variety of studies on the effects on the brain of listening to music and on taking piano lessons in particular. The general view is that piano lessons improve cognitive ability. The reasons are complex and the study of music and piano in particular are not the same for everyone. In this study from the University of Toronto, the researchers report on the effect of music lessons on cognitive abilities in children.
Inferences can be made for adults as well. In this study, the research centered on Seniors. Again, the results show that studying music can have beneficial benefits on the brain.
Sorry, but the answer is no. If the only time you have for the piano is at your weekly lesson, you won’t succeed. Frankly, during certain times in life, taking piano lessons just isn’t possible. If you already have a full schedule, you should wait until your schedule opens up before starting piano lessons. Until then, you can find music enrichment through courses on music history, how to listen to music, general music theory, or music appreciation.
One additional perspective from a piano teacher — many of my working adult students tell me that the study of an abstract subject like piano and the music theory that is required gives them additional focus and creativivity in their professions. They also enjoy having a challenging interest outside their professions.
Start by sending me an email. Tell me about yourself — things like your age, your music experience, employment status, and whether you are currently taking lessons. Most importantly, I would like to know about your desire for music and for learning the piano.
If there seems to be a good fit between us, I will suggest that we schedule a meeting on Zoom to talk about piano lessons. On the video call, I'll explain what I will do as your piano teacher, as well as what will be expected of you as a piano student. We may even do some piano work together to let you see how lessons would work for you. Please note that there are no obligations and I won't add your email to any sort of mailing list.
Thanks for visiting my site. I am excited that you are looking for a piano teacher. If online piano lessons work for you, let's talk about how I can help. Just send me an email to get started.