top 5 benefits to taking skype piano lessons
In today's fast paced society where we have no time and are so busy running around here and there and everywhere, it is too easy to become complacent and not see what is right in front of us. We can become neglect to see opportunities that are available to us. And many of these opportunities are completely free, including a myriad of video conferencing softwares such as skype.
In today's blog post I will share with you the top five benefits to taking piano lessons by skype compared to traditional lessons.
Benefit #1 Covenience and Comfort
Taking skype lessons from the comfort of your own home is extremely convenient in so many ways. Below I list 10 benefits that relate directly to comfort and convenience.
Benefit #2 Time Savings
With online piano lessons you will save yourself considerable time compared to the traditional in person lesson. And time as we know is a rare and precious commodity. To say that time is in short supply is an understatement! Below I list six benefits that relate directly to you saving time.
Benefit #3 Increased Student Motivation
Through skype and online resources the student is often more motivated.
Benefit #4 Enhanced Learning
In a Skype piano lesson, it’s a lot easier to be able to become better at playing the piano in a shorter time frame than it is in a standard traditional piano lesson for many reasons. You benefit from enhanced learning allowing increased retention and speedier progress within the same time period.
Benefit #5 Financial Benefits
Yes! I want to give Skype lessons a go.
Learning through the medium of skype lessons coupled with the online videos, worksheets and online courses available from our membership site will have a massive impact on the speed of your progress and all round music abilities.
Where? can I get more information...
If you have any questions, click below to request your free no obligation consultation.
During your free consultation we will discover your personal piano goals and then tailor your piano lessons around this. We will design an individual programme for you starting off from where you are now at your current level and lead you step by step to where you want to go.
4 Myths that keep you from taking skype piano lessons
If you think skype piano lessons just wouldn't work for you or your child, you may be holding some fear around the use of technology. You may be prone to listening to that little negative voice that pops in telling you that you cannot get it. That you cannot afford it. Or that you don't know enough about computers to get it to work. Or that the virtual lesson could not possibly be as good as a lesson in person.
I’m going to debunk those myths for you, and show you how to replace them with concepts that will calm your fears and fill you with the confidence to try something new and give skype piano lessons a try.
Myth #1 I'm not tech savvy enough to take Skype piano lessons
It can seem intimidating. Sure you may not be a computer science graduate. You're probably not a specialist in artificial intelligence. But the good news is, you don't have to be. If you are reading this right now, then you've proved you've got access to a computer, tablet or smart phone and are capable of reading from a computer screen.
You're in a unique position to utilise the power of the internet to learn the piano from the comfort of your own home. So take advantage of this golden opportunity that technology provides. So chances are, even if you didn't get top of the class in computer studies at school (in fact computers may not have been invented yet when you went to school!?), but even if you're not entirely comfortable with technology, you can make it work. Or you can find somebody who can help you figure it out. You cannot be too old for this. You could even be in your 80's. It does not matter your age. If you can watch videos and follow simple instructions then you are up up and away.
Myth #2 Skype piano lessons are only suitable for adults
Skype lessons are wonderful for any age. Whether you are 83 years old or 3 years old.
In this modern day and age with families scattered throughout the world due to travel and work commitments, it is common now even for small preschoolers to be familiar with using skype as they catch up with their grandparents or aunts, uncles and cousins across the globe.
But of course if the student is not able to follow directions and not motivated to learn the piano then naturally skype lessons will not be appropriate. But in that applies to traditional piano lessons too. And you are better off saving your money as the student does not appear ready to take lessons.
To take skype lessons the student will need to take more ownership of their lessons and more independence of their learning goals for the piano compared to traditional piano lessons.
Myth #3 Skype piano lessons are not as good as a traditional lesson
You may be thinking that it's impossible to conduct a lesson in real time over the internet. Because you are communicating over the internet there is a short delay and therefore it will take more time to cover concepts and pieces so be prepared. The reason being that there is a small delay. But it is generally not noticeable so long as you do not both speak at the same time. You just need to get accustomed to a speaking pattern. You need to speak in turn and play the piano in turn. You need to speak only one at a time otherwise you will have problems with the connection. If one of you wants to interrupt the other person while they are speaking or playing the piano then you can establish a visual code. For example, you could hold something up to the camera, or simply wave your hand close to the camera.
You may be thinking that skype piano lessons cannot possibly compare to a traditional piano lesson. Skype lessons are just has helpful for developing technique as a traditional lesson. In fact, having two pianos is a huge advantage. The teacher can demonstrate passages and finger work that can be seen from an angle not usually possible during traditional lessons. Opportunities exist for a student's technique to improve
Myth #4 The equipment required for skype lessons is too expensive
The Skype software is free to use. And if you already own or have access to a computer, laptop, ipad or smart phone then you already have the means to take the skype call. You can use the existing camera on your device for the skype call. If you want to you can position your laptop to record yourself using a small table or a music stand or ontop of cushions on a dining seat. If you are using a small tablet or smartphone you could use three elastic bands to attach it to the pole of a lamp stand so that it is at the right height and distance to who you and your fingers at the piano. If you really want superb results you can invest in a small HD web camera, but that is optional.
Who is it for: 3-5 yr olds
What is it: A combination of solfege, dalcroze, dancing & music games, wunderkeys, storytelling & singing.
Option 1 - Derby studio
Option 2 - Rotorua studio
Option 3 - Global virtual studio
Monthly teaching schedule:
Week 1 - Individual piano lesson (via skype)
Week 2 - Group class (at studio or via zoom)
Week 3 - Individual piano lesson (via skype)
Week 4 - Group class (at studio or via zoom)
Total teaching time: Group classes @ 1 hr and Skype piano lessons @ 30 mins. Classes and lessons are every month excluding August and December.
Bonuses: All parents will receive the following:
Enrolment: We are now accepting students into our Online Preschool Piano Course starting late September 2017.
For information on the investment and scholarship opportunities click --> HERE
To read our studio policy click ---> HERE
To sign up click ---> HERE
As a result of running the BETA course for "How to Read Music" I have discovered we had two separate groups of people doing the course. There were people who were starting from scratch, who could not yet read music. And then there were other people who knew how to read music but did not yet know the basics of music theory to the standard of Grade 1 ABRSM Music Theory.
So Module 1 in which I was teaching from scratch how to read music was of no interest to people who wanted to dig deep straight into more music signs and terminology, key signatures and major and minor scales etcetera.
On the other hand I have people who have really struggled to be able to co-ordinate reading what they see on the sheet music and getting their fingers to play those notes on the piano.
So the one week I was planning to spend on module 1 of how to read music, is something I discovered I will need to spend extra time on this with additional resources to reinforce these foundational concepts. So to do this, I have decided to create a mini course out module 1 alone which will be an expanded version.
Then for the rest of the modules 2 - 6 I will formulate this into a standalone course on its own that will simply be called "Music Theory - Grade 1". This makes much more sense because by separating the courses, we can ensure that people who enrol in Music Theory Grade 1 have already met the pre-requisite of being able to read music, and therefore they will not get lost inside the course and will all be starting off from the same position.
Because I am in the process of re-jigging the whole course now to create two separate courses, it has taken longer than anticipated to load the lessons. In fact I will be taking the existing lessons down to upload the new versions of the lessons - but this should be sorted over the next few days.
This is the great thing about running a BETA course before launching the official one, is that you have the opportunity to do things like this, and re-jig things to take advantage of feedback to improve the student's experience.
For those who have been waiting around for me to get things sorted... please accept my apologies! I am very grateful to you for your patience, and we will be back and up running to schedule for sure within the next week.
eNROLMENT CLOSES 5PM TODAY
Is learning to read music on your bucket list of things to do? Then this could be a match made in heaven!
We still have four places left on the course. So if you want to apply to do the course for FREE as a Beta tester then email me at infoATaliceletts.com and I will send the details across to you.
Enrolment closes at 5pm today and we kick things off at 8.30pm (GMT) 7.30am (NZ).
Would you like to learn how to read music 🎶
Starting on the 17th of July 2017 our 30 day challenge will begin where you can learn how to read and write music.
This online course will officially launch in September 2017 at £99.00 but I am running a PRE-launch this month and as a founding member you can be the first to try out the course. For an investment of just £27.00 you will get lifetime access to the course so that you can re-take it at anytime in the future that's convenient with you.
In as little as 30 days I will teach you the skills & knowledge required to pass grade 1 music theory exam with Associated Board of the Royal School of Music and as a special bonus we will also cover some of the requirements for Grade 1 Piano so you will be able to play a few scales and play some easy piano pieces.
You don't need a piano to do this course, if you have a friend or local church where you can practise that would be handy. Alternatively if you have an Ipad then you can use the electronic keyboard that is available on the app PianoMaestro that you will get free access to during the 30 days of the challenge.
Are you Ready for the challenge?
If you would like more details on the course please email me at email@example.com and I will reply with the proposed schedule and we can schedule a skype call to chat further.
If you are more advanced and would like online piano lessons via skype then please register your details on my piano teaching website at www.letts.musicteachershelper.com
Hot Cross Buns
Preschool Piano Lesson learning the nursery rhyme "Hot Cross Buns" incorporating WunderKeys Piano for Preschoolers and Preschool Prodigies with solfege.
Middleton 🐭 mouse (3rd finger)
Pointer 🐼 panda (2nd finger)
Thumbelina 🐘 (3rd finger)
The idea is that the preschooler places their three fingers over the solfege below:-
In other words, place their middleton mouse (third finger) over the E, then their pointer panda (second finger) over the D and their thumbelina (thumb) over middle c.
They will then play either their third finger, second finger or thumb, according to the order below.
3 - 2 - 1
3 -2 - 1
1 - 1 - 1 - 1
2 - 2 - 2 - 2
3 - 2 - 1
We started by tapping our fingers on the table.
Then we played the desk bells, yellow, orange and red, as well as the xylophone.
Then we moved across to the piano to play the notes on the piano.
This is a nice and easy piece to play on the piano, perfect for beginners, particularly preschoolers.