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Remote Instruction

The concept of remote instruction for piano playing is not new.  Certainly it would have been difficult before the Internet, but even now, many teachers would frown on the concept of teaching in any way except the traditional in-person method.
In-person instruction has the advantages of better sound, no buffering, and easier communication. However, with the pandemic still raging, remote instruction is a great way to proceed in safety.

So, how, and why does it work? The assumption is that the student can already play the piano to some degree, and that he/she knows and understands certain basic terms (such as rhythm, line, measure, note values, etc.). The student can be comfortable in his/her home, while the teacher can listen in his/her studio and provide educated instruction.

Here are the basic requirements for remote instruction:

As a long-time teacher, I know that the best methods for beginners are usually the in-person methods.

A web cam is placed near the piano, so the teacher can see the student's hands while playing. This is necessary to resolve technical issues, and helps in general communications. Two good, FREE options for web cam communication are Skype and Zoom The web cam is connected to a computer, which will send the picture and sound over the Internet, and be received at the teacher’s studio.

A broadband connection is recommended, as the connections over phone lines tend to be slow and choppy.

For better quality sound, the computer should have speakers, connected directly or indirectly.

Payments will be made through Paypal – the student need not have a Paypal account.

Initial contact is made through the Contact page of this website.

At this time, scheduling is made using email. An online scheduling system is expected soon.


  

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