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.
In this article I will share with you the top five benefits to taking piano lessons by skype compared to traditional lessons. These are:-
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.
First, as you're already sitting at home on your own piano before your teacher calls you, you will have had the opportunity to warm up your fingers to get the blood flowing. So you can do scales and other technical exercises to warm up your fingers immediately before your teacher calls you on Skype.
A big advantage of participating online is that you can play from the comfort of your own home and most importantly from the comfort of your own piano. There is nothing more disconcerting than playing for the first time on an unfamiliar piano!
Second, if you are an adventure seeker and living the life of a nomad, or simply travelling for work or are a student and move towns frequently, then Skype will make it possible for you to take piano lessons without the hassle of having to search for a new piano teacher in each town that you relocate to.
Third, if you live in a remote area where there are no piano teachers in your locality then skype lessons will give you the opportunity to take piano lesssons without having a make a long distance drive each week.
Fourth, one of favourite benefits for skype lessons is that you no longer need to go out in bad weather, snow, fog, storms, gails or heavy rain.
Fifth, if you are and your partner work different shifts and your schedules overlap so that there are times when neither you nor your partner is available to cover childcare at home in order to drive to the piano lesson, then a lesson by Skype from home becomes such a convenience.
Sixth, if you have multiple children and one of them is sick and needs to stay at home then a Skype piano lesson will mean you can stay at home and carry on with your lesson without having to miss your lesson. It saves you from having to cancel the lesson or to have to employ a nanny or other family member to stay home with your sick child. Naturally if your child is sick you will want to stay home yourself to keep an eye on them.
Seventh, if you (or your child) is tired or hungry, then you will not have the chore of having to drive to lessons when you are not feeling quite up for it, and instead you can stay at home, get something to eat before the lesson, and preserve your energy by staying indoors instead of having to go out and drive across town. In Skype lessons students will have had the opportunity to get something to eat or drink not having rushed straight to lessons from school or nursery. So they won't be distracted by hunger pangs and will be better able to focus.
Eighth, if you or your child develops ill health or a chronic health issue that prevents them from leaving the house due to needing to stay in a controlled environment, then Skype lessons will allow you (or your child) to continue with piano lessons instead of having to give it up.
Ninth, if you have friends or family visiting from out of town then you do not need to get stressed wondering what you will do with them while you pop out for the piano lesson. Instead, you can stay at home for your skype lesson while your guests get on with their own thing in another part of the house, and the minute your lesson is over you'll be free to carry on hosting them. Also, if your child has a cousin or friend come to stay from out of town, they will not need to wait quietly during the lesson. Instead they can get on with their own activity in another room and then as soon as the lesson is over they can continue with their play.
Tenth, as piano lessons generally take place just after school has finished, by taking skype lessons, you won't need to get caught up in the stress of school runs or suffer the frustration of sitting in peak traffic.
Eleventh, because you are sitting at home at your own piano, your teacher is able to see the height of your piano bench. This allows your teacher to check your position at the piano and suggest corrections to ensure that you are sitting with the correct posture. Practising good posture goes hand in hand with technique and is an important factor to ensure you maintain good health while playing the piano and do not develop bad habits that could later on lead to tension and pain.
Benefit #2 Time SavingsWith 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.
First, you do not need to waste your precious time sat in a car travelling to your lesson. By taking skype lessons this will cut down the total driving time required per week which adds up particularly when sitting in long queues and heavy traffic.
Second, if you have multiple children you won't have the added stress of juggling travelling to piano lessons with all of the other activities you have scheduled throughout the week for your other children. Taking a piano lesson by skype will cut out one trip for the week and will make your travelling and planning that much easier.
Third, by taking skype lessons you will not need to waste your time sitting in the lobby waiting for the other student before yours to finish their lesson.
Fourth, by taking skype lessons it will save time for your other children, as they will not be required to sit waiting quietly during the lesson as they would do in a traditional lesson. Instead they could be at home in another room getting on with their own homework therefore saving them time.
Fifth, if your child is taking skype piano lessons then (after the initial month when you would be required to sit in the same room during your child's lesson), you could be in another room in the house, supervising your other children's homework, getting dinner ready in the kitchen etcetera.
Sixth, because we have two pianos, yours at your home, and mine at my home, we are both sitting on a piano each. This ultimately means that we will save some time during the lesson, as you would not be required to stand up and move along the piano when your teacher sits down to play to demonstrate parts. Over time this all adds up, and ultimately will result in us being able to cover more material within the lesson time.
Benefit #3 Increased Student MotivationThrough skype and online resources the student is often more motivated.
First, to successfully study distance learning, the student needs to be self motivated and independent as they proactively login to the membership site to access the training videos they watch before lessons.
Second, after the lesson has finished, because the student is already sitting at their piano it just may help them to stay and practise. This will help to motivate the student to do their practise. By fitting more practise in, the student will see faster progress and this noticeable improvement will result in student satisfaction and the motivation to keep going.
Third, because skype lessons are privately recorded and the link is emailed to the parent, the whole family, whether it is the parent, aunt, nana or family friends can follow the progress of the child and share in the learning process. This process provides transparency and allows the parents to assess whether they believe their money spent on lessons is worthwhile and well spent. By allowing the family to get more involved they can better show an appreciation in the efforts of the student. The family can help the student to practise playing in front of other people by inviting friends and family over to their house for impromptu concerts and the compliments and support of loved ones will help to build up the student's confidence and motivation to keep playing.
Fourth, as students of our Music School, you will also benefit from coming together on a global scale to perform in our informal and friendly bi-annual student concerts. You and your family members are invited to attend our concerts held in Derby UK and Rotorua NZ in person or online. If you are attending online you will be projected onto our large projection screen so that you appear lifesize as you perform your piece of music to our audience via Skype. Learning to play the piano in a group is both fun and very educational! The perfect opportunity for you to excel at learning how to play the piano.
Benefit #4 Enhanced LearningIn 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.
Skype piano lessons coupled with the music resources on Letts Music School's student membership site encompasses a wider range of learning styles, auditory, visual and kinesthetic. Students benefit from the one to one tuition tailored to them over Skype, and lessons are recorded for review during the week. With traditional lessons it is all too easy to forget what the teacher had shown you in the previous lesson. Forgetfulness is no longer an issue when you have the video recording of the Skype lesson at hand.
It is easier to focus and improve upon your technique when learning with skype lessons. Instead of having to stand up from the piano when your teacher demonstrates something to you where you may not see it from the angle you've now been able to watch it clearly over Skype and you can straight away copy what your teacher has just shown you.
Students are encouraged to video themselves as they practise during the week and upload it to a private youtube account to send the link to the teacher 24 hours before the next lesson. This way the teacher can review the progress to ensure they cover any corrections that need to be made during the next lesson. This helps to speed up the progress of the student and makes better use of lesson time so that more content is covered in the lesson time.
Students get complimentary access to our membership site so in addition to personal tuition they also get free access to all of our online courses, and lesson handouts, lesson video recordings, MP3 audio downloads and pre-recorded course videos.
All this means that the students can progress at a faster speed than they would have done with traditional lessons.
Benefit #5 Financial Benefits
By taking skype lessons you will save money on the cost of fuel travelling to and from lessons, and over the years this will mount up to a considerable saving.
By becoming a member of Letts Music School you benefit from significant savings as you will become automatically entitled to free access to all of our online courses.
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...
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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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.