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Can You Really Learn to Play Piano with a Virtual Teacher?

Years ago, my mother read somewhere that a child could be a concert pianist after seven years of piano instruction. Therefore, she immediately started the search for an instructor so I could learn to play piano. She scheduled said piano lessons half an hour away for the next seven years of my life. I hated driving to piano lessons. I hated practicing. I hated being forced to do something that was supposed to be fun. I. Hated. Piano. Period. So, as any strong-willed child would, I refused to practice and tortured my teacher every Thursday afternoon for the better part of my elementary and middle school years. Based on these memories, I vowed not to force my children to learn any instrument. Of course, I knew in the back of my mind that learning to read music had proved to be very useful in my life. But, I didn’t want to be “that mom.”

So you can imagine my surprise when each of my daughters began begging to play an instrument. Out of the blue one day, my 8-year-old asked to learn to play the piano. I tried to teach her some of what I remembered, but it had been nearly 25 years since I played. I barely remembered the notes. I had just decided I would have to somehow fit in another out-of-the-house lesson when I was introduced to Team Piano Music School. I’ll be honest, the appeal of piano lessons taught inside our home was strong, but I was wary. Could it be possible to learn to play the piano–even with a live teacher–via Skype?

My daughter was ecstatic. This new adventure combined her favorite things: (1) the piano lessons she had begged for and (2) not changing out of her pajamas. And I was happy that she would be receiving one-on-one piano lessons with a live teacher via Skype! Now, to see if Team Piano Music School could live up to the expectation.

My daughter was happy that she would finally get to take the piano lessons she’d wanted for so long, and I was happy that she would be receiving one-on-one piano lessons with a live teacher!

 

Our first lesson went very well. Apparently, some of what I had taught her had stuck in her memory, and she was able to move quickly through the first few pages of the book. She was thrilled and Ivan, our new instructor, was responsive and easy to work with. He managed to instruct me how to use Skype (without me having to call in the teenager) and set up the iPad. He assigned songs and theory lessons, and my daughter eagerly practiced. But still, I wondered was this just the excitement of a new thing?

This is a great way for kids to take piano lessons without leaving home!

After almost a year and a half of lessons, I can safely say that the excitement has not worn off! I am amazed at how much my beginner student has learned in such a short time. Ivan is a joy to work with and is always patient (even on the day we lost the iPad and missed the lesson). He has worked to accommodate our schedule which sometimes can get overtaken by field trips and vacations. He is responsive and knowledgeable. And the best part is that my daughter has a genuine love for the piano.

I can honestly say that we recommend Team Piano Music School lessons and that we love them ourselves! If you have a child who would like piano lessons–whether a younger child like mine or a tween- or teenager–and you’d like to avoid having one more place to go each week, give Team Piano a try! Your child might just love the chance to learn to play piano in pajamas too.

~Dachelle (and her 9-year-old daughter)

Some things you might want to know about Team Piano Music School Lessons:

  • These lessons are conducted by a live teacher via Skype.
  • They use dual cameras that allow a hand view (on top) as well as a normal face-to-face view. This allows the lessons to be thorough for things like finger placement while allowing them to be personal too.
  • The lessons are taught by Ivan Todorov–a professional pianist who has undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano. (But even with his piano degrees, he’s able to teach students in a way they can understand!)

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Lesson Days and Times:

At most music schools, lessons are only available in the afternoons. But Team Piano Music School offers lessons on week day mornings too. That makes lessons much more convenient for homeschooling families. Since many of us “do school” in the mornings, piano lessons can flow right into our regular homeschool hours without causing a disruption in schedule.

Lessons are available on week days from about 9:30 a.m. until about 12:30 or 1:00 p.m. NOTE: These are all Eastern times, so you’ll need to adjust for your time zone. And another great thing about these online lessons is that you save 50%! Morning lessons in your own home are about 50% less expensive than afternoon, in-person lessons. And without the drive, you really save even more! Morning lessons without a commute in your own home? Yes, please!

Want to Contact Team Piano Music School?

If you’d like to get even more information, just contact Ivan at Team Piano Music School to learn more! Just go to the Team Piano Music School website and leave a message. And in the mean time, you can learn more on Facebook.

 

 

About the author

Dachelle McVey

Dachelle is a homeschooling mom of 3 in the South. She loves chocolate and has been known to hide it from her children. She can often be found reading a good book (or even sometimes just an okay book) and enjoying a jar of Nutella — don’t judge. She blogs at HideTheChocolate.com when she’s not planning and making lists…lots and lots of lists (it’s an addiction).

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