Welcome to my website. I’m Dr. Lory Peters and I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I offer online, live-streaming, one-on-one piano lessons via Zoom to English-speaking students anywhere in the world. Although I have taught students from ages 5 to 85 and from beginners to advanced students, I now only teach adults. I have been teaching for over 40 years in private studio, university, and public school settings. I hold a Ph.D. in Piano Pedagogy — which is the study of how to teach the piano, in addition to the foundations of performing, piano technique, and piano literature.
Since the Covid-19 Pandemic made remote learning the norm, I have embraced remote piano lessons. In addition, live streaming technology has improved to the extent that distance-learning has become more like in-studio lessons and, in some cases, even better. So, now students — who include those who weren’t able to find a local teacher specializing in adult students and those who couldn’t make it to a studio due to physical or schedules — can opt to take remote lessons through my online studio.
What is Dr. Lory’s Teaching Philosophy?
Learning to play the piano is very rewarding. Although it requires hard work, the piano gives back much more in terms of enjoyment, achievement, and increased self-esteem. And, making your own music is just simply one of the great pleasures of life!
Why do we want to make our own music at the piano? Are we:
- Looking for joy and beauty, or to understand music that is in our everyday lives?
- Broadening our educations and sharpening our minds?
- Needing to express ourselves, fill our hearts and lift our spirits, feed our souls, or engage in some form of therapy to reduce the stresses of life?
I think the answer is — all of the above!
Whatever your reason for studying the piano as an adult student, I believe that my role is to serve as your guide to help you to reach your goals. I can teach music fundamentals and personal expression by using any style of music that speaks to you. This approach not only keeps you motivated, it also helps build a repertoire, or mastered pieces, that you can enjoy for a lifetime. Along the way, I hope you will also learn “how to learn” so you don’t need guidance in the future on pieces below your current level.
Finally, I love curious adults who ask questions and enjoy music outside of their lessons, and who, of course, also practice. As we go along in our journey together, I continue to take into account your learning style and pace, preferences, personal goals, and any limitations you may have.
How Do Live Video Piano Lessons Work?
At your scheduled regular lesson time, you will call me using the Zoom app on your laptop computer or tablet. I will admit you once I see you in my Zoom waiting room, which to you looks very much like your own familiar room — because it is!
You will see me and my piano — plus an on-screen keyboard that lights up the keys when I play my piano — through five high-definition cameras. As I demonstrate various practice and playing techniques, concepts, and hand positions, I can switch among them in order to provide you with views of my keyboard from above, the side, and my foot pedals. I use a professional microphone and headphones so you can hear me clearly and I can limit my hearing to only what you are playing or saying.
Whether on video or in-person, the content of the lessons is exactly the same. The teaching techniques I use with live video lessons have been honed during my 40-year teaching career. I assume my teaching methods work because many of my students have taken lessons with me for more than a decade.
Finally, online piano lessons also include perks like lesson notes emailed after each lesson, sound recordings to help demonstrate concepts between lessons, and feedback and assistance by text and email between scheduled lessons. For general information on what equipment you will need, see the FAQs.
Will You Choose Me As Your Piano Teacher?
Choosing a piano teacher may seem difficult but it is easier if you focus on a teacher’s education, experience, teaching skills, and personality. For example, if you find a teacher who has a music degree, but isn’t caring and has no teaching skills, you might want to look further. On the other hand, if you find a teacher who has no degree, but has lots of personal experience teaching and performing, has a love of music, enjoys helping others, and is patient, that teacher might be the right one for you.
Or, if I may offer for your consideration — me, Dr. Lory. I have both a music degree in teaching the piano and over 40 years of experience in teaching the piano with a specialty in teaching adults from beginning to advanced students.
You will find that I am very patient, and have the following:
- A good sense of humor
- The ability to communicate without judgement
- A lifelong passion for music
- Proven problem-solving skills
- The ability to teach you how you learn and meet you where you are in your study
- The skills to present concepts in a logical and organized sequence
Interested? Contact me to see if we can work together in reaching your piano goals!