Find out what equipment you need for your Skype lessons with The London Piano Institute
The basic requirements
At the most basic level, you do not need much to start your Skype piano lessons.
You need to have an internet connection and a tablet, smartphone or laptop/computer with a webcam.
Most laptops have a built-in webcam that you can use.
So in essence, you really do not need much and you can get started with your Skype lessons right away!
More sophisticated equipment
At The London Piano Institute, we can work with you even if you learn with us via a smartphone, tablet or basic laptop.
We do not even always need to see your hands as we have excellent ears and will be able to work with you just by listening alone.
However, for more advanced passages and techniques, it may be useful if we can see your hands.
There are some options available for you to show us your hands.
Option 1- place your smartphone on the side of your upright or grand piano
Place a smartphone on the side of your upright or grand piano and balance it there.
Option 2 – use a table with books piled on top of each other
Put your laptop on top of a high table on top of 5-10 books. You can then tilt the screen towards your hands for us to see.
Option 3 – use a gooseneck stand to mount your smartphone or tablet
Mount a separate webcam on a gooseneck stand. You can view it on Amazon here.
Alternatively mount a tablet on a gooseneck stand. You can view it on Amazon here.
Are you shy? – ask us to provide the lessons via AUDIO only
Some individuals hate the idea of being seen on camera.
Did you know that we can teach you how to play the piano using audio-only?
Request an audio-only lesson and we can teach you live via Skype without any video.
Do you still want online piano lessons but you do not have access to the internet or a reliable internet connection?
Did you know that we can provide online piano lessons via the telephone?
If you live in an area that has unreliable internet, you can still take online piano lessons with us via the telephone.
Obviously some live online Skype lessons will help in the process, but the majority of the lessons can be provided telephonically by the support of email and materials.
In conclusion: you really do not need much to start your online Skype piano lessons
To make things simple, you really do not need much.
Of course, having a good quality webcam and reliable internet connection is recommended, but you can start with even a smartphone with a webcam via FaceTime as an example.
If you are passionate about wanting to learn to play the piano then you can get started with piano lessons right away.