How to Learn Piano Online

The web has become an amazing resource for those wanting to learn the piano. If you're interested in learning the piano but short on time, you can always turn to the internet for help. There are many online resources available; finding a good fit for you, your children or the piano student in your life requires some research but if you know what to search for, finding a great online instructional method is easy.

Steps

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    Assess Your Goals. When assessing the best path to learning the piano, its important to first explore your goals for learning the piano and assess your current resources. Why do you want to take piano lessons? What do you want to get out of this? Do you already have a piano or keyboard? How much time can you devote to this? Remember that online resources are more convenient and can save you time and money if you have a busy work schedule. This also holds true if you're a busy parent.
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    Determine Your Budget. Typical lessons cost between $20-$40 (£12-£25) for a 30 or 45-minute standard. Many teachers offer longer lessons for adults with $45-$60 (£27-£36) price tag. There are premiums for experience and accomplishments. Refer to your goals for guidance. Also, remember that most people don't think of the hidden costs and intangibles such as 'time'. Even a short drive can add another 30 minutes to your already short, 30 minute lesson. This is where online solutions can really help. For those with a very small budget, consider learning the basics via YouTube. There are many free videos available to learn basic skills, however they are not interactive.
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    Do a Web Search. Apart from search engines and other typical resources, consider reaching out to your friends. Social media is a great source for reviews and insights to help you decide on the right service or teacher. Look at what your musical friends are reading, commenting on or sharing.
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    Find a Trusted Website. Great online sites offer users the opportunity to 'sample' or 'try' things before buying. Does the site offer trials or interviews with its teachers? Look at the site's security policy. How do they vet their teachers? In the anonymous world of the internet, this is extremely important - you want to be sure that the person at the other end of the webcam is safe. Look for a site that does thorough background checks and one that vets its teachers extensively.
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    Find a Qualified Teacher. Take free trials or interviews with 2-3 teachers that spark your interest. Look at their credentials, experience, interests, bios etc. Look for personal chemistry during your trial or interview. Lastly, don't underestimate the importance of scheduling and availability - if the best teacher in the world is not available when you are, that's as good as not having any teacher in the first place!
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    Begin Regular Sessions. Does the site let you schedule a set of lessons up-front? You don't want to keep having to add things to your calendar and then forgetting. Can you get discounts when purchasing packs or lessons in bulk? What is the site's 'no-show' or cancellation policy? When making a payment, how secure is the site? In the event of technical problems, how responsive and extensive is their customer support mechanism?
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    Share Your Success. Remember to share your piano prowess online. Your friends would love to see and hear you on Facebook!

Tips

  • Try out several teachers and/or sites to determine the best fit for your needs.

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Categories: Distance Learning