When it comes to learning things these days most of us head for the computer. Sometimes we want an article. Other times a video tutorials… and the interest in this is growing rapidly.
It used to be the only way to learn the play the piano was to have a piano teacher sitting next to you, guiding you every step of the way. With the introduction of desktop computers, tablets. and phones, traditional ways of learning are changing. To better understand whether this new method of instruction works – and if it can work for your kids – I’ve written this pros and cons post about online piano lessons for kids.
You may have grown up taking piano lessons from some lady that you mom met in your neighborhood. She was the closest and most affordable, so that was the teacher you were given. She seated you down on a hard piano bench and made you play scale after scale, followed by some seriously boring piano music. That was bad enough, but it wasn’t over yet. You still had to practice those boring scales and music 30 minutes every day.
When you’re limited to the teacher that’s closest and most affordable you don’t always get the best teacher.
Those days are over if you’re ready to embrace online lessons for kids.
The teachers that create online lessons are typically master teachers that know how to help kids be successful and keep them interested. They are using the latest trends and teaching methods to deliver lessons that are clear and easy to understand.
Pro – Piano Lessons Are “Watch and Learn”
Piano lessons have always been a “watch and learn” experience. Whether you’re sitting next to teacher or watching your teacher online, you are observing to learn – being guided through listening and though verbal instruction.
Pro – Students Benefit Through Instant Replay
Online piano lessons really shine in the days that follow the piano lesson. With traditional instruction students only receive guidance during the lesson. Then they’re stuck trying to remember everything that was shared during the lesson. The unfortunate result is that students don’t remember everything that they were taught. Online piano lessons solve that problem, allowing the piano student to listen to the instruction every day if they want to, so that every lesson is fully understood and fully mastered.
Pro – Cost Online Piano Lessons vs. Traditional Lessons
Online piano lessons provide a substantial cost savings for families. Depending on where you are living in the USA, you may pay as much as $40 for a 30-minute lesson. That’s $160-$200 per month. Online piano lessons cost around $18 per month.
Con – Not Every Need is Met with Online Piano Lessons
Online piano lessons don’t address the individual needs of every student, and sometimes the pacing is too quick. Sometimes students need something explained in a different way.
It’s not a perfect system, but there’s much that can be learned and many families are benefiting from online piano lessons and saving big.
Are You Ready to Give Online Piano Lessons a Try?
Here are two online piano academies that are worth a look.
MakingMusicFun Music Academy – The MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy is one of the most affordable options for quality piano lessons for kids. In fact, at the time of this post they are offering an introductory rate of just $10/month or $100/year – almost half that of other online academies. Your subscription provides you with access to the entire collection HD quality piano lessons, piano sheet music, digital print books, and worksheets. If you sign up for the annual plan you can also participate in the MusicStars Online Music Festival, and get personalized feedback on your progress. This is a pretty special offering for an online academy.
Hoffman Piano Academy – The Hoffman Piano Academy is chock full of quality piano lessons and resources for kids, including HD quality piano lessons, sheet music and worksheets. The basic plan is free and the premium plan is family friendly at just $18/month or $179/year.
Online piano lessons aren’t for everyone, but it’s pretty clear that they are providing a rich experience for many adults and kids. And they are making piano more affordable, at a fraction of the cost of traditional lessons.
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