NOTE: Due to 2020 being a very difficult time for developing my Orkney piano studio I have now returned to full-time work. I am therefore unlikely to be able to take on any new students at this time.

Have a lesson online…

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Since my move to Orkney I have now moved a significant portion of my adult teaching online. Although not quite the same as a face-to-face lesson they are still an excellent way to receive piano tuition. They do also provide the added benefit of more flexible lesson time as if you are at home then you can take a lesson.

First online lessons are always free as there are bound to be familiarity issues and technical entertainments…

What's in a lesson?

I treat my online lessons almost the same as face-to-face teaching. If you are complete beginner then I can introduce you to the piano and take you by the hand on your first steps. If you are more experienced then I will adapt to your level and find ways to challenge you, as well as provide support for your existing playing.

I have tried to create an environment where I can connect with my remote students nearly as well as those within reach. My primary goal is always to help my adult students improve and enjoy the piano as much as I do. Musical style is not important, although I do not teach improvisatory jazz as I am not trained in this area myself.

Why not send me an email with the buttons on this page and we can have a trial lesson together. This will let you assess me as a human and see how the online experience feels to you. From there we can discuss your goals and frequency of future lessons.

Things you will need…

  • Computer/laptop/tablet/phone with a webcam, microphone and speakers
  • Stable and reasonable internet connection
  • Email address
If using a mobile phone be aware that I will be able to see you nicely, but due to the size of the screen you may not be able to view my side of the conversation so well.
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How it happens…

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I use Zoom video conferencing software to run my online lessons. I have found this to be more stable than other offerings. It is available on any platform/device and does not require an account for my students. There has been much discussion about Zoom on social media, but I can assure you the lesson will be secure and private.

I simply send a meeting link to your email, you click/tap the link and once everything is connected we start the lesson.

On a phone or tablet you will need to download the Zoom app to your device. This is very quick and completely secure. At NO TIME will I have access to your device.

For best results…

In order to get the most from a lesson the better I can see and hear your hands on the piano the better the lesson will go. There is a happy medium where the sound will not distort, but I can see your keyboard clearly. Some experimentation may be required (hence the free first lesson).

Knowing up-front what is going to be worked on is also useful. Communicating before the lesson is essential so that we both know what sheet music is going to be needed (if any) ahead of time.

The most important thing to remember is that these lessons are a compromise. Not being face-to-face has limitations, but being able to discuss learning the piano from any distance is fantastic.
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Lesson payment…

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I use PayPal to securely invoice my lessons. This allows me to accept all payment methods. No PayPal account is required and I receive no bank information from my students.

Usually I invoice at the start of the month for lessons you have already had in the previous month. This way you are only charged for lessons you have actually received.