What equipment will I need for live online piano lessons?

You will need a newer computer or tablet with a camera. A larger screen helps you see me. You will need a fast internet connection — a minimum download speed of 10mbs is required for the Zoom app to work smoothly. As with everything on the internet, the faster speed the better. You will also need to download and install the Zoom app on your device. The app is free and is available here. Don’t worry about the technical stuff now — we’ll get you set up before your first lesson.

A stand for your computer or tablet may be needed. The stand will allow you to point your device at both you and your piano so that I can see and hear you. A variety of inexpensive stands are available from Amazon or your favorite online retailer.

What is the most difficult part of studying the piano?

At the start of lessons, one of the things students find difficult is how to practice correctly and efficiently. We’ll spend a fair amount time on practice technique at the start of your piano journey. However, once practice becomes a regular habit, your progress will be evident to both you and me.

How much practice should I plan for?

For average progress, you should practice at least five days each week for at least thirty minutes per practice session. More practice will yield more results — just like anything else worth working for.

What if I miss some practice?

If you miss regular practice because — let’s face it, life happens — at least try to run through your assignment to keep what you’ve learned. You might not make progress, but you won’t lose the progress you’ve made.

What if I get overwhelmed with the material?

It’s going to happen — especially at the beginning. New material presented at your lesson may seem overwhelming at first. You’ll learn how to break it down into digestible pieces, master those pieces, and then build it back up into what starts sounding like music! Some adult students may also get frustrated from time to time because they are able to grasp musical concepts quickly, but still need a lot of practice to physically apply them to actually playing the piano. Patience is required. Trust me, you’ll be able to master what you’re practicing in time.

What kind of commitment do I need to learn the piano?

In addition to regular and correct practice addressed in the previous question, you should commit to several years of regular study with a teacher or coach, depending on your level.

Can I learn the piano by just attending my lessons?

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 stages of our lives, taking piano lessons just isn’t possible. I suggest that if you already have a full schedule, wait until your schedule opens up and start lessons at that time. Until then, you can find music enrichment through taking courses on music history, how to listen to music, general music theory, or music appreciation.

I am an adult with no piano experience. Can I succeed?

Absolutely! I have many students who are professionals, already successful in their own occupations, who are taking lessons for the first time in their lives. 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. So, if you are committed to practice and study, you will learn to play and enjoy the piano.

What kind of piano do I need to take lessons?

You should have a piano that stays in tune, has a mechanism that allows 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 one pedal (damper pedal). These requirements can be achieved with a good quality acoustic or digital piano. However, if you plan to study the piano intensely and develop advanced techniques, you might consider investing in a quality acoustic piano

What are the advantages of live video piano instruction?

Probably the biggest advantage to online piano lessons is that you have access to some of the best piano teachers available anywhere. This is a real advantage if you happen to live in an area underserved by quality teachers.

Another advantage with online piano lessons is that you will work on your own piano. That’s a real plus over going to a piano studio where the instruments may not be at the same level of quality as you are accustomed.

Are there disadvantages over taking lessons locally?

There are a few. It’s not possible to work side-by-side like students and teachers have traditionally done. However, most of us are more aware now of the risks associated with in-person instruction due to the pandemic. Also, I will be playing my own piano so you may have to stop what you are doing during the lesson in order to hear my playing. Students tell me that this isn’t a problem since there are more opportunities to watch and learn as I play.