If you are considering online piano lessons this page is going to prove invaluable. Here we take a brief look at the different types of piano classes that you can access online, and provide you with links to some of the better ones that are available.
Different types of online piano lessons
The internet has opened up a world of opportunities for everyone. It has made it easier to learn all kinds of things, including how to play the piano.
Here is a round up of the main ways you can use the web to learn an instrument:
Skype piano lessons
You can now book yourself a course of lessons via a VoIP service like Skype.
These music lessons are far easier to find than they once were. For example, you can use websites like Piano Teachers Connect.
By searching online you can easily find providers that cover your area. These sites will put you in touch with tutors who can give you lessons over the VoIP service that is popular in your part of the world.
Online piano courses
There are several types of online piano courses available. Many of these courses are comprehensive, they are designed to take you from a complete beginner to maestro.
However, others just focus on teaching you a specific aspect of learning to play the piano. For example, learning how to read music.
Genre specific piano classes online
You can also find courses that teach you to play a specific genre of music. Currently, jazz piano lessons are particularly important, so if you want to learn to play like Thelonious Monk or Art Tatum you can do so online.
Online piano lessons for toddlers and children
There are also courses out there that are designed specifically for toddlers. Our guess is that one day someone will one day put together a “teach your dog the piano” course. No seriously, stop laughing, it’s coming. There are already videos of dogs playing the piano on YouTube, so it is only a matter of time. Oddly, some of them are quite talented players, all be it with limited repertoires.
Age specific piano courses are often a good idea. They take account of how each age group learns, and what interests them. If you have children choosing an online course that is tailored specifically to their needs makes a lot of sense. The content will be designed to keep them engaged as well as ensure that they learn at the right pace.
However, it is important to choose a course that is kept up to date. You want your child to learn to play the tunes from the latest movies. They will be bored to tears if they have to learn to play the piano using songs from your childhood, instead of theirs.
The different methods used by online piano teachers
The other way to choose which online piano course you buy is to look at the methods they use. There are several ways to learn to play the piano, many of which can significantly speed up the learning process. Among the best are:
The Bastien Piano Basics
This course is especially good for very young players. It takes them through five levels of learning. The content is a little dated, but it is still an effective way to learn, which is why so many online piano teachers incorporate this material into their classes.
The Music Tree Method of playing the piano
If you want to learn how to play the piano by sight, the Music Tree Method is a good way to do it.
The Suzuki Method
This method was developed by the Japanese violinist Shin’ichi Suzuki. It is used to teach all kinds of musical instruments, including the piano. You do not see this method incorporated into many online courses, but the ones that use it are very good.
In addition, to these tried and tested methods the following relatively new teaching methods are also well worth considering. They all have good reviews, and many of them allow you to try the first few lessons for free.
Playground Sessions piano classes
This course is designed to get you playing from the very start of your first lesson. It was written with kids in mind, but we know quite a few adults who like this course.
This course is popular because it is regularly updated, which means that you get to learn using songs that are current. The owner likes to interact with his students, so you get to join a lively community of students.
One of the most flexible online courses out there is called Flowkey. It does not matter whether you are just getting started with learning how to play the piano, or are coming back to it after a break, this course can work for you.
The thing we really like about this course is the level of interactivity. You get to practice online, and get instant feedback about how how well you are playing.
Musiah piano tutor
This is a simple software application that runs in the background while you are playing. It analyses the way you are playing and provides you with live feedback like a piano teacher would. Now we know that this sounds gimmicky, but the reviews for this product are very good, and it has been around for 20 years. Over that time, a lot of work has gone into making it a really good product.
If you are short on time Piano Marvel could work for you because each lesson is small. It is also one of the cheaper online piano courses out there.
The tip of the iceberg
This is just a taste of the types of piano lessons you can access, or buy, online. We regularly update this page, so keep an eye on it.
If you have followed an online piano course, and have had success with it, we would love to hear more about your experience.