It’s amazing how many wonderful online piano courses there are on the internet these days! From comprehensive lessons for total beginners, to niche areas like jazz, funk and even gospel piano styles designed for elementary to advanced players. You name it, there’s a course out there — and all just a mouse-click away!
However, these are actually not new. Not long ago, people were buying and learning from cassette audiotapes, VHS videos and DVDs, and even via distance-learning! Because of technology and the ever-changing internet landscape, these kind of products have gone online with slicker production and marketing strategies.
If for some reason — either because you prefer learning on your own time and space, or you cannot find a suitable piano teacher to study with privately — these pre-packaged digital courses might just do the trick for you!
On this page, I will share with you a few of these currently in the market that have extremely good production values (indeed, some are really slick and offer crystal clear video and audio compared to others), but, most important of all, a very engaging teacher that explains and demonstrates each lesson in detail.
But before I do that, I would like to share with you my personal take on the pros and cons of the traditional way of learning, i.e. with a private teacher, and learning online with “digital” teachers.
Pros to studying online or from digital products
1. These programs are generally cheaper than studying with a private teacher.
2. You can learn at your own pace, which means you must have the discipline to practice.
3. You can preview everything that you are going to be taught as you have paid for the whole course.
1. No personal touch and no detailed follow-up to your progress. No one to check on your technique and whether you are developing bad habits.
2. You need to have a lot of self-initiative and discipline to practice in order to have consistent progress and see results.
3. As you have the entire course lessons in front of you, you might experience information overload and may attempt to play something more advanced first before you have mastered the earlier levels. Jumping ahead and/or picking and choosing what you like is not exactly the best way to learn.
Basically, when you sign up to do these lessons, you are your own teacher and student!
Pros to studying with a private teacher
1. A private teacher can tailor a program to meet your needs and expectations, and/or work on your strengths and weaknesses. Hence, you pay more because of the guidance and expertise of the teacher in tracking your progress. A private teacher can point out your bad habits before it becomes a serious technical problem.
2. Scheduled weekly or fortnightly lessons ensure that the student gets into the groove of practicing, or is motivated to “show off” to the teacher the next lesson.
3. Lessons with a private teacher are interactive, not static and are a two-way communication. Your private teacher can demonstrate and work on your problems at each lesson.
4. Lessons are taught systematically and your teacher is in full control. You will never be given something that goes way above your head or is too easy for you.
1. Lessons are generally pricier due to the personal expertise that your private teacher is going to impart to you.
2. You have to attend lessons regularly – at least once a week.
3. You have to learn something that you might not like and you might not be allowed to jump ahead, if your teacher deems you’re not ready yet.
Do you have any opinions on this? Have you bought and learned from these online or digital piano lessons? I would like to hear from you!
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