Professional Live Online Piano Lessons

Zoom piano lessons

In addition to giving face-to-face lessons at my house, I also provide live online piano lessons over Zoom, Skype, FaceTime or RockOutLoud, and asynchronous piano lessons via video exchange. 

In my opinion, as I will discuss later on, live online piano lessons have all the benefits of face-to-face classes and more.

Qualifications and Experience

My qualifications include an M.Mus in Performance, a B.A. in Music Studies and ABRSM grade 8 piano (distinction). Please view the ‘Qualifications and Piano Teaching Experience’ section for a complete list of my experience, background, and qualifications.

Alternatively, you can also visit myPerformances’ page to see videos from rehearsals and concerts I have given. 

Beginner and Advanced Online Piano Lessons For Children

I have provided live online piano lessons for kids for over six years and taught beginner students as young as five. These students have then obtained exceptional results in ABRSM piano exams. 

Nowadays, children are used to using modern technology, and as they often have many other activities and commitments, learning to play the piano online can be an extremely convenient and rewarding experience. 

Please see the Student Performances page to listen to some of my student playing.

Adult Piano Lessons Online via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime etc.

As with my online piano lessons for children, I provide online piano lessons for beginners and more advanced students up to and beyond grade 8 standard.

Learning to play the piano as an adult can be a daunting task; that’s why having Skype, FaceTime or Zoom piano lessons from the comfort of your own home can help reduce this anxiety. This, however, is only one of the many reasons (which I will detail below) why adults prefer live online piano lessons rather than face-to-face. 

I aim to offer the best online piano lessons for adults by using modern technology and understanding the needs and aims of the individual. 

 For many adults, the best form of learning may be asynchronous piano lessons via video exchangeThis is an excellent option for those who can’t commit to a regular time slot or, for whatever reason, the time zone difference makes live online piano lessons difficult.  

How do Live Online Piano Lessons Work?

Live online piano lessons

First, we connect online to discuss your goals, playing experience etc. I feel this is an essential process in order for me to provide the most tailored online piano lessons possible. We can also use this opportunity to discuss the ideal set-up, check the internet speed etc. 

I use 3 HD cameras for my online piano lessons: one from the front, one from overhead and another to demonstrate pedalling. In addition, I also have a high-speed wired internet connection and use a professional microphone.

If you decide to have Zoom piano lessons,  I will then send you a Zoom link which will also be placed on your weekly lesson reminder.

Zoom, Skype and RockOutLoud allow me to change the camera view quickly and share the score from my iPad. As a result, I can annotate the score in real-time, add fingering and highlight specific sections to discuss and rehearse. Before the lesson, students enter the waiting room, and we start the class at the designated time.

At the end of each lesson, I send detailed notes via My Music Staff outlining the tasks you need to complete for the following week.

In addition, I can email a score (that’s in the public domain) so both teacher and pupil have the same edition.

Zoom piano lessons - multiple cameras
Online piano lessons annotated sheet music

Recommended Equipment and the
Best Settings For Zoom Piano Lessons

To start your live online piano lessons, you only need a laptop or a desktop computer with a camera. Alternatively, an iPad or other tablet would be suitable. I recommend using an external USB microphone to produce the most genuine representation of your playing; however, this is not obligatory. The one I use, and I highly recommend, is the Blue Yeti X. This costs around £120, but is definitely worth the investment. 

To enhance the quality of the online piano class, I recommend using headphones and connecting your device via an ethernet cable. 

One of the most popular ways to have piano lessons online is by using Zoom. Zoom has recently optimised its audio quality specifically for music lessons. Therefore, I recommend you use the following settings:

Go to the settings section, and click ‘Audio’. You should tick the box that says ‘automatically adjust microphone volume’ and ‘enable original sound’. In addition, I recommend clicking ‘low’ in the ‘suppress background noise’ section.

Zoom music lesson settings

Student Set-up for Skype, FaceTime and Zoom Piano Lessons

Live online piano lessons are relatively easy to set up and require only minimal preparation.

Here are some of the things you will need:

Device

You can use a desktop, laptop or tablet computer. Please ensure you charge your device beforehand and keep it plugged in throughout the class.

High-Speed Internet

Your internet speed must be at least 5 Mbps upload and download speed. If you are unsure of your internet speed, you can check it by visiting www.speedtest.net.

Video-Call Software: Zoom, FaceTime, Skype or RockOutLoud

First, you will need to download one of the applications below. I will then send you the link to access the online platform, which you can use for every class. My personal preference is RockOutLoud: https://rockoutloud.live/school/login

Instrument

Whether you have Zoom piano lessons, Skype piano lessons or FaceTime piano lessons, the one thing you will definitely need is a piano or keyboard. For the optimum setup, it’s best to place the camera on a stool or stand at the side of the piano. This setup lets me see the keys and your general posture (see below).

Sheet Music

You should make sure you have your books ready before each lesson. I have most of the scores on my iPad, which I can share if we start a new piece or do some music theory exercises.

Correct position for online piano lessons

Can You Really Learn to Play The Piano Online?

Online music theory lessons

Can you really learn to play the piano online? What’s so great about learning piano online? These are questions I get asked a lot. I absolutely believe you can learn to play the piano online, and below I will list some of the benefits.

Providing students set up correctly and the internet speed is suitable, live online piano lessons can be even better than face-to-face lessons.

Over the years, I have become increasingly confident in this teaching style, and I sincerely believe it is the future of music education.

As internet speeds increase and the quality of cameras and microphones improve, online piano lessons over Zoom and Skype are becoming increasingly popular.

Let’s look at some of the benefits of live online piano lessons and see why their popularity has soared:

7 Benefits of Live Online Piano Lessons:

2 pianos available

One of the most significant benefits of having live online piano lessons is that there are two pianos available. As both teacher and student have their own instrument, it makes it much easier to demonstrate, provides a more visual learning experience, and often the class runs smoother.

There is no need to travel

Live online piano lessons remove the necessity to travel. Many students who have classes after work have to deal with rush hour traffic, so they waste a lot of time. Consequently, they are often left feeling a little irritated.

One of the benefits of live online piano lessons is that students can avoid sitting in traffic jams and spend more time preparing for the class with a cup of tea on the side!

The lack of travel time also allows students to warm up for the lesson and finish just moments before the class begins.

Younger family members don't need to attend the lesson

Nowadays, many parents are running from one place to another, taking children to sports practice, ballet, acting class, piano lessons!! If there is nobody to look after the younger brothers or sisters, they will also need to attend.

Siblings often feel frustrated waiting in the car, and as a result, a lot of valuable after-school time is wasted.
The advantage of live online piano lessons is that family members can continue doing their own thing without worrying about picking up children or waiting for the class to end.

You play your own instrument

Unlike other instrumentalists, pianists often have to play on different pianos. Although this is a vital skill that serious pianists must get used to, this can become a barrier for the novice or less confident musician.

Everybody feels more comfortable in their own home, and this is no different for piano lessons.

Practise straight after the lesson

When I used to have piano lessons, I couldn’t wait to consolidate what I had learned and often wrote detailed notes to avoid forgetting things.
The great thing about having piano lessons over Zoom, Skype etc. is that you can start practising as soon as the class has finished when things are fresh in your mind, and energy levels are high.

Therefore, students don’t have to wait to drive home and be distracted by something else as soon as they get in the car.

Usually, the first practice session after a lesson is the most valuable and, if done correctly, can pave the way for an excellent week of practice.

Countless times I have heard students say they practised a few days later. Consequently, they left the lesson having understood what to do but forgot many of the concepts when they finally had time to sit at the piano.

More time playing

Interestingly, a study of online piano lessons indicated that students generally spend 22% more time playing compared to face-to-face classes.

The same study showed that students also tend to spend 36% less time talking about things unrelated to their studies in online piano lessons.

You can have a lesson even if you feel a little under the weather

Some students have to cancel lessons to avoid transmitting a cold, stomach virus, or other airborne illness.
Others may not be able to leave the house due to a disability.


One of the benefits of online piano lessons is that students don’t need to worry about cancelling a class when they are a little unwell. Instead, they can have the class from the comfort of their own home. The ability to have online piano lessons has been invaluable during the recent Covid-19 pandemic.

How Much Do Live Online Piano Lessons Cost?

I offer 30-minute, 45-minute and 60-minute piano lessons, the length of which will depend on the age and current level of the student, in addition to what slots I currently have available. 

Lesson prices are monthly and will vary depending on the lesson length and how many remaining classes there are in the academic year. Please contact me using the form below, and I will be more than happy to provide a quote and answer any more questions you may have. 🙂 

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