Due to COVID-19, online learning has found a place in the lives of many children. Online piano lessons are a great option to learn music while still prioritizing the health and safety of yourself or your child.
Additionally, if you don't have a lot of time to travel due to a busy schedule or you haven't found a suitable piano teacher in your area, online lessons can be a great option.
Online piano lessons are a little different than standard video conferencing. Below I explain equipment and setup needed for a successful learning experience.
EQUIPMENT & SETUP
You'll need a piano to use during the lessons and to practice on throughout the week. An electronic keyboard would work as well as long as it had external speakers.
Ideally the keyboard would have touch sensitivity and weighted (or semi-weighted) keys, especially as the student progresses. However, this is not required to get started.
LAPTOP COMPUTER OR TABLET WITH A BUILT-IN WEBCAM
The brand or operating system (OS) does not matter as long as it is up to date. Headphones are also recommended, but not required.
While smartphones can work if needed, I do not recommend them as the screen is very small and difficult for the students to see as I demonstrate concepts.
Place the computer at eye level to the side with a view of the student's face and piano keys.