Q: We’re so used to go to piano teacher’s house for the lessons. How can your online teaching better than the traditional face-to-face lessons?
A: First of all, please recall the scene in your child’s piano lesson: during the one-hour lesson time, how much time is for learning new things/pieces/knowledge, and how much time is actually for “practicing” in your teacher’s house?
There are many advantages of the new teaching format of our piano lessons:
1. Fix the mistakes faster
It’s always very difficult for students to correct the mistakes (such as wrong notes) which they have been “practicing” for the entire week. Usually it takes up to two weeks (two lessons) or longer. With the new format of our piano lessons, voalá, it only takes one day or even less time to fix those.
2. Learn at your own pace
Your learning progress doesn’t need to be limited to the weekly-basis anymore. If you have more time, learn as much as you can! (Most of our students learn at least twice the amount of repertoire since they switched to our online lessons.) On the other hand, if you have a really busy week, you can manage your time and catch up later. (When a student comes to our house and says “I’m sorry…I didn’t practice much this week because…” Trust us, we feel sorry too.) Learning can be flexible.
3. Review the lesson instructions anytime
We are human beings. We forget things. However, as teachers, we (secretly) wish our students can remember every single detail we teach them in the lesson…Now? Hit the “play” button of our instruction videos again! Problem solved!
4. Less expenses, more effectiveness
With the new format, we hope that we can help parents to avoid wasting unnecessary time and money. More importantly, we realize that students become more responsible and self-motivated through this learning process. To be able to make a non-stop short video clip, students need to prepare (practice) better and focus more—which takes the same amount of energy and concentration as one day they perform on a stage. By watching their own clips, they make time for reflection, think about how to articulate their questions and observations, and finally learn how to be their own teacher.
Q: Do I need to have a piano at home?
A: Yes, you need to practice and finish the assignments so you do need to have a piano at home. Acoustic piano is the best choice. Using a digital piano is okay, but we recommend the ones with 88 weighted keys and pedals.
Q: I can take lessons with you no matter where I live?
A: Yes, as long as you have a cellphone (for shooting videos), a piano, and the access to internet, you can take lessons with us!
Q: How early could my child start piano lessons?
A: We suggest that four is the earliest age to start piano lessons, because they need to be able to recognize right/left hand and numbers. For children under seven years old, the lessons might involve singing, movement and rhythm activities to help them to experience music.
Q: How much time should my child practice?
A: This is a question we’re asked over and over again…the truth is: there’s no an absolute answer to this question. It depends on your level, your ability and your expectation. However, when we give you assignments, we will give you detailed instructions to complete the assignments—which definitely require the involvement with your time, brain and fingers.
Q: How can my young child take “online” lessons? He/she can’t even concentrate for five minutes!
A: No worries! For young students, we divide the lessons into short sessions, and each session is like a small project. Once they complete one project, they can continue to the next one. This process is a good way for young children to develop concentration and focus.
We understand not all our students need to be professional pianists, but we believe our lessons can help every child to be a better learner.