Professional Zoom Piano Lessons - 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 via Zoom and asynchronous piano lessons via video exchange.  

In the FAQ section below, I will explain why Zoom piano lessons have all the benefits of face-to-face classes and more. You will also find some information regarding the ideal set-up and the equipment you will need.

Qualifications and Experience

My qualifications include an M.Mus in Performance, a B.A. in Music Studies and ABRSM grade 8 piano (distinction). I also have over 15 years of experience teaching in my private studio and schools in the UK and Spain. 

Please view the ‘Qualifications and Piano Teaching Experience’ section for a complete list of my experience, background, and qualifications. 

Enjoyable Online Piano Lessons for Children

Online music theory lessons

I have provided online piano lessons for children for over six years and have taught children as young as five. Most children take ABRSM piano exams and achieve excellent results, but some students prefer a more relaxed approach.

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

Beginner and Advanced Adult Piano Lessons Online

As well as providing online piano lessons for children, I have experience teaching adults from beginner to advanced level, up to and beyond grade 8.

Learning to play the piano as an adult can be a daunting task; that’s why having Zoom piano lessons from the comfort of your own home can help reduce this anxiety. I aim to offer the best online piano lessons by using modern technology and understanding the needs and aims of the individual. 

For adults who get very nervous in piano lessons or those who can’t commit to a fixed schedule, my asynchronous piano lessons may be the best option.

Learning to play the piano via video exchange is also an excellent option for those living in a different time zone; thus, finding a mutually convenient lesson time can be difficult.

Zoom piano lessons - multiple cameras

How Do Zoom Piano Lessons Work?

Camera position for Zoom piano lessons

First, we have a free online consultation to meet each other and discuss your goals, playing experience, etc. Meeting beforehand also allows us to talk about 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 piano lessons via Zoom, I will put a link on your weekly lesson reminder. However, for Skype piano lessons, this is not needed. 

Zoom, Skype and RockOutLoud allow me to change the camera view quickly and share the score from my iPad. Therefore, 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.

FAQ

Here are some of the reasons why online piano classes are so great:

2 Pianos Available

One of the biggest benefits of Zoom 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

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 irritated.

With Zoom piano lessons 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 having piano lessons online is that family members can continue doing their own thing without worrying about picking up children or waiting for the class to end.

You can 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.

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 online piano lessons 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 spend 36% less time discussing things unrelated to their studies in Zoom 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 illnesses.
Others may not be able to leave the house due to a disability.

With online piano lessons, 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 piano lessons online has been invaluable during the recent Covid-19 pandemic.

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

I have been offering online piano lessons for kids, adults, beginners and advanced students for many years and have become increasingly confident in this teaching style. I sincerely believe it is the future of music education.

Online piano lessons are becoming more and more popular as internet speeds increase and the quality of cameras and microphones improve.

For Zoom piano lessons, Skype piano lessons and FaceTime piano lessons, you will need a desktop computer or laptop with a camera and a microphone. 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 lesson, I recommend using headphones and connecting your device via an ethernet cable. 

For Skype piano lessons and FaceTime piano lessons, you have limited options to improve the sound quality. In contrast,  Zoom has recently added additional settings to ensure it is optimised for online music lessons.

To adjust the settings for Zoom piano lessons, 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.

Skype 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 the video-call software. Although Zoom, FaceTime and Skype work well, my personal preference is RockOutLoud.

Instrument

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 (an ironing board also works well for this). This setup lets me see the keys and your general posture.

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.

Lesson prices for Zoom piano lessons are monthly and will vary depending on the lesson length.

Please get in touch with me using the form below, and I will be more than happy to provide a quote and answer any more questions you may have. 🙂