Lory Peters Ph.D.

Piano Lessons on Zoom®

For nearly five decades, Dr. Lory Peters has taught students to play the piano. Now, Dr. Peters offers adult students across the U.S. and Canada live video piano lessons on Zoom. Take lessons at home, on your own piano, without the hassle of driving.

Piano Keyboard

Welcome

I’m Dr. Lory Peters and I teach piano from my studio here in Ohio. While I might live in the Midwest, my students live all across the U.S. and Canada. We meet weekly by Zoom® and our sessions are just like traditional piano lessons — except that we meet in a virtual setting — you at your piano and me at mine.

It’s an exciting time to be a piano student. Unlike traditional piano lessons where students have to visit a local piano teacher or music studio, with virtual learning, it doesn’t matter where you live in North America. And especially in smaller communities, where an experienced piano teacher might be hard to find, every student in my virtual studio gets the same high-quality instruction using high-definition video streaming services from Zoom.

Background

Over the course of my almost five decades of teaching the piano, I’ve taught students from pre-school to well past their eighties. My students have been beginners all the way to advanced students headed for music conservatories. I taught in public schools, at the university level, and in a private studio setting. Now, I focus on teaching adults, both working and retired. And while I love teaching kids, I’ve found that live video piano instruction works best with students who can manage some of the technical aspects of live streaming video.

My background includes three music degrees, including a Ph.D. in Piano Pedagogy — which is the study of how to actually teach the piano, in addition to the foundations of music theory, technique, performance, and piano literature. Along the way, I also managed to fit some time in law school, where I earned a Juris Doctor, passing the bar examinations in Ohio and Arizona. Read more about me here.

Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.

Wassily Kandinsky

Online Piano Lessons

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, remote learning became a welcomed alternative to in-person instruction. Public education is embracing virtual learning and I find that my students prefer taking piano lessons at home, at their own pianos. Beginning around 2008, I adopted live video piano lessons in my teaching practice to accommodate students who might travel or have second homes. The early technology was rough, but I learned a lot about cameras, microphones, and lighting. The arrival of Zoom as an alternative to earlier video streaming technologies allowed me to put all I had learned into an effective alternative to in-person piano lessons.

Now, I only teach by Zoom, which has allowed me to teach motivated piano students across North America. On any given day, I might have a student living in any timezone, including students traveling in Europe or Asia!

Having taught for decades in-person, I can tell you that live streaming technology has improved so much that teaching piano by video is just as good, and in many cases even better than in-person piano lessons. And for students who want an experienced piano teacher, but can’t find one in their local community, live video piano lessons are available to everyone in the United States and Canada.

Teaching Philosophy

Since its invention around 1700, the piano has become the foundational instrument for composers and performers. The piano can be heard everywhere in both classical and modern music. While learning to play the piano is challenging, the rewards for those with a passion for music and the discipline to stick with it are definitely there for the asking. And if you are anything like me, making your own music will be one of the great pleasures of your life.

I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me – like food or water.

Ray Charles

Whatever your reasons for studying the piano as an adult student, my role is to serve as your guide as you study and practice to reach your piano goals. I will teach you 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 you will also learn how to learn so you that you might not need guidance in the mastering more of the kind of music you love.

My students are all different in age, experience, and backgrounds. But they all have a profound curiosity about music and the study of the piano. They practice hard, ask lots of questions, and listen to music outside their lessons. As we go along in our journey together, I’m always taking into account their preferred way to learn, the pace at which they are comfortable, and the need to fit this personal goal into their often busy lives.

How Do Live Video Piano Lessons Work?

Taking piano lessons by video isn’t very different from driving each week to a local piano teacher for lessons. Except, with live video piano lessons, your weekly piano lesson is at your own piano in the comfort of your your home.

Lessons are scheduled at a set time each week. Depending on where you live in the U.S. or Canada, we’ll take into account the time zones where you and I both live.

Piano Lessons on Zoom®

You might already be familiar with using Zoom for video meetings. If not, don’t worry — we’ll get you up to speed very quickly. At your scheduled lesson time, you will call in on the Zoom app from your piano or piano keyboard and watch me from your laptop or tablet as we begin the lesson. You’ll arrange your computer or tablet so that I can see you and your keyboard. That way, I can watch how you play as well as talk with you about the objectives of today’s lesson.

You will see me and my piano — plus an on-screen keyboard that lights up the keys when I play. I use four high-definition cameras during the lesson. As I demonstrate various practice and playing techniques, concepts, and hand positions, I can switch among the cameras 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 that I can hear you clearly. And when a sample of music is required to demonstrate a concept or technique, I will stream that music through the Zoom app, along with our commentary on what we are listening to. That’s something that was much more challenging in a live teaching environment.

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

Maya Angelou

Just as I did when I taught piano in-person, the content of my lessons with you will be exactly the same. These are teaching techniques that have been honed during my 40-plus year teaching career. And my my teaching methods do work as evidenced by the large number of my students who have taken lessons with me for a decade or more!

There are other perks like my lesson notes emailed to you after each lesson. I will make sound recordings as needed between lessons to demonstrate concepts that will help you has you practice. Finally, questions you have can be addressed by text or email. etween lessons, and feedback and assistance by text and email between scheduled lessons. For general information on what equipment you will need, see the FAQs.

Choosing Your Piano Teacher

Choosing a piano teacher can be challenging. In smaller communities, there might not be a teacher with the right blend of education, experience, and personality that works for you. And in larger cities, getting from where you live to the teacher's house or studio involves blocking out time in your week to get to your lessons. That's why live video lessons by Zoom works so well today. And it's especially true for employees who work at home or self-employed students who are used to working in their own environments.

One of my biggest thrills for me still is sitting down with a guitar or a piano and just out of nowhere trying to make a song happen.

Paul McCartney

Since you are here on my website, you are searching for the right piano teacher. I welcome your exploration of my background and experience as you conduct your search.

If you choose me, you will find that I am very patient and fun to work with as we set off together to achieve your goals on the piano. Aside from a few years practicing law, this is who I am — a piano teacher first and last. My students tell me that I teach and communicate without judgement, but with a passion that helps students reach their challenging milestones.

Are you ready to get started on your piano journey? Just complete the form on the Contact page. I will get back to you to start the conversation and answer your questions. Then, we’ll schedule an introductory Zoom meeting to talk. If it seems we are a good fit for each other, we can schedule your first piano lesson. There are no contracts or long-term obligations. Let’s get going!