Frequently asked questions
You are most welcome to join The Online Piano Institute even if you are an absolute beginner without any prior musical experience. Our piano courses are designed for adults who are brand new to music so no previous knowledge is necessary to join. Learning how to read music notation and theory will be part of your piano course so there is nothing to worry about.
We have successfully taught many many students online and have seen the exact same success as our in-person lessons. In fact, for some students, the online remote option works even better than standard in-person lessons. You save time, money and you can take your piano lessons at a convenient time in your own residence or office.
Also, if you live in a remote geographic area, then it is the ultimate opportunity for you to study with some of the world’s best teachers specialising in adult piano education. With us, we will take care of your piano playing and make sure you learn the correct techniques and habits from day one!
You need to have a digital piano/keyboard (preferably with 88 keys, but with a minimum of 61 keys) or an acoustic piano as well as a smartphone, tablet or laptop. It is really really simple and you do not need to have a lot of fancy equipment to get started.
Yes, absolutely! A smartphone works very very well. A larger screen such as a tablet or laptop is preferable, but we have found that smartphone remote piano lessons work very very well!
At a minimum as a beginner, a 61 keys keyboard will be enough to get started. (Most music stays within that range – esp. for beginners.) However, if you have a choice we would recommend weighted keys and 88 of them. Please view our recommended digital piano guide.
Yes most certainly! Learning to play the piano remotely is exactly the same as learning in person. With today’s modern equipment we can teach you all the important points of playing such as proper hand positioning, posture, how to read notation properly, timing and so much more! So a big resounding yes – you can definitely learn how to play the piano properly as an absolute beginner online.
Yes, upon request we can record your lessons for you. (We will provide you with a link where you can then download each recording.)
With group piano lessons, you get the opportunity to learn how to play the piano with others in a group format. At this stage, we only offer online group piano lessons for beginners.
During the lessons we will initially work from Carol Barratt’s ‘The Classic Piano Course – Book 1’. (You can purchase book 1 from Carol Barratt online here).
Everyone will have an opportunity to play an exercise and at that time the other participants will follow along. (We are also working on getting rid of latency as can be seen with https://www.jamkazam.com. Once we have achieved this, everyone can then play at the same time and we can play piano duets to make learning a whole lot of fun!)
Scales and chords will also be worked on, and you will get to know both classical as well as the basics of popular music (I.e. how to play chords successfully on the piano).
Learning in a group format is highly recommended if you are just starting out!
Expect high-quality piano lessons specifically designed for adult learning.
You will also receive notes with each lesson and specific homework to work on.
Yes, we can surely help you to prepare for your graded exam. We can help you to prepare for ABRSM, Trinity or another provider of your choice.
Definitely not. We believe that there is no age limit to learn and enjoy playing the piano for your own pleasure.
Yes, we do offer taster lessons if you want to try prior to committing to a course.
To be honest, any standard internet connection these days is more than enough. If there are any issues during a lesson, it will be rectified with additional time provided to you. (At the same or another lesson – depending upon schedule). So in a nutshell, any standard internet connection will suffice!
Yes, we can most certainly do so. In fact lessons over the telephone works amazingly well!
Yes, you do not need to subscribe to any premium provider. We use Zoom – it is absolutely free of charge. If you prefer, we can also provide the lessons via Skype, GoToMeeting or another provider of choice.
No, as we will compensate for lost time by making up at another time. We can also continue any lesson over the phone in case of total connection loss or we can simple reschedule the time that has been lost.
Yes, we most certainly do! We also offer lessons in French, Spanish, Italian, Afrikaans, Serbian and Romanian!
As we provide premium top-notch lessons with master pianists lessons start from £145 per calendar month (4 x 30 minutes). Group lessons are £125 per calendar month (4 x 60 minutes). For complete course details (all options), please do contact us. All lessons are provided with outstanding pianists and teachers who genuinely care about your musical development!
At The Online Piano Institute, we understand that it can be difficult for some busy professionals to attend their piano lessons on a set day and time each week. We will be happy to accommodate you but please inform us before signing up as any special request is subject to availability.