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Current status of lessons as of 31.08.20

Hello everybody. It’s been a while since I last posted any news and that’s because, up until the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons were running regularly.

Since the government declared lockdown back in April, I switched over to teaching online with the pupils I already had and didn’t take any new pupils. While I do believe online lessons are effective, I feel that it’s a lot easier to demonstrate concepts to a beginner in person.

That said, I’m now offering lessons to new pupils (with the first hour free, as usual). There are a few requirements I have:

  • Pupils must already have a piano or keyboard. I know there are some beginners who prefer to try a lesson before committing to the cost of buying an instrument, which is fine for in person lessons, but won’t work online.
  • Pupils must be able to set up a webcam/laptop/tablet/phone at one end of the instrument so that it’s possible to see the length of the keyboard plus your hands, arms and torso. This view will probably leave your head outside of the camera, which is a little strange, especially when talking, but necessary for each of us to see what’s being demonstrated or practised and general posture.
  • For kids (especially those who are beginners), I require that a parent or guardian is in the room with them for at least the first few lessons and is willing to learn alongside them. Some kids can be very shy coming along for lessons in person and I imagine that that goes double for online lessons. If the parent/guardian wants to continue learning alongside them for longer than the first few lessons, that’s fine by me.

As I mentioned previously, the first hour will be free. I offer this for in person lessons to make sure that pupils are absolutely happy with me as a teacher before they begin paying; for online lessons it’s also to make sure that pupils get a chance to decide whether online lessons are for them and to sort out any technical issues that may arise.

Finally, since it’s always a leap starting lessons with someone new, I plan to create and upload some tutorial videos aimed at beginners so people can get an idea of what my teaching is like.

Thanks for reading and stay safe.