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Piano Lessons Online by Video Call

Suzanne in her music room

I am a qualified and experienced piano and theory teacher. I teach children and adults and have taught all ages from the age of 4 through to people enjoying their retirement. It really is never too late to learn!

Having taught the piano at my home for around 25 years, lessons are now all online by video call, always on a one-to-one basis.

Piano lessons are held online by video call using Skype.

I have a professional set-up, switching between two webcams, one over my keyboard and one for face-to-face. My piano and microphone are handled by an audio mixer. This set-up allows pupils to clearly see and hear both me and my piano.

The minimum requirement for my pupils is a mobile phone, but ideally pupils should have two devices.

The first device is used for an overhead shot of the keyboard. This ensures my pupil doesn't obscure the view of the keys, enables me to see the full length of the keyboard clearly, lets me check all the notes are played correctly and check for accurate fingering and finger positioning.

The second device is for face-to-face which allows me to engage with my pupil and it also helps me check posture and see if they're looking at the music or their fingers.

Theory lessons also work well online. Pupils can email me a shot of their work and we can then go through it together.

If you are new to Skype (or video calls in general), or if you have any questions regarding the set-up, I am happy to answer any questions and provide any assistance you may require.

Depending on what devices you already have, generally you can set yourself up perfectly for online video lessons for around £70. This typically involves buying a stand, a boom arm and a clamp.

If you have any technical queries, my husband is in IT and is always happy to assist my pupils.

Read more on what pupils need for online video lessons.

This article will give you some useful ideas on how to video a piano keyboard from overhead.

I teach all levels from beginners to advanced.

You can learn either for exams or simply for your own enjoyment.

All lessons are tailored to suit each person to make sure that as well as progressing, learning the piano is enjoyable too.

I always try to be patient and kind to all my pupils and try to ensure that my pupils are happy in their lessons and enjoy learning while always progressing and achieving their goals.

What My Pupils Say
open quotation marksSuzanne is an excellent piano teacher who makes you feel at ease at the keys! We started learning at 7 years old and made it all the way to Grade 8. She is very calm, friendly and always smiling. Our Wednesday evenings feel very different now without a lesson to look forward to. We would recommend Suzanne to anyone looking to learn.

Suzanne really struck a chord with us. She is a natural teacher as piano is her forte. She always has time for a chat and cheers you up if feeling off-key or flat. We would definitely recommend Suzanne as a piano teacher - she is really grand!close quotation marks
Molly & Jessica
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