Online Piano Lessons
Are professional level piano lessons possible online? That is a question many of our clients ask. The answer is yes! But not all online piano lessons are created equal. For those that want more results, working with a piano instructor that has been teaching lessons for years and holds advanced degrees can take you even further. Learning the right piano exercises can help make the most out of your learning. Our instructors will work with you on these elements:
1) Your Goals for online piano lessons
What you are aspiring towards, what you enjoy. If you don’t find value in what you’re doing, online piano lessons won’t feel like they are worth the effort. In that regard, we normally use a combination of tactics to maximize your lesson time. During the first lesson, we will discuss a piece that you would like to learn how to play and locate or draft an arrangement of that piece of music for your next class. We have high hopes for you and the progress you make in online lessons. Your goals should be the starting point and the reason for everything!
The ability to play effectively without strain or hurting yourself. Our piano teachers are firm believers in the French Classical technique. The areas of focus for our version of this technique are:
- Clear articulation of the fingers.
- Use of the forearm to prevent wrist strain or damage.
- Fractional pedaling: a technique that allows for very fine control of dynamics, which also positively alters tone and resonance.
- Mastering every block chord in every key, every inversion, every jump or scale. You will minimize fatigue and strain with this level of muscle memory, allowing for fantastic piano lessons and playing for years to come!
- Blind practice – you should be able to tackle material without looking at the keyboard. Learning this method of practice works for students as young as 5 to doctoral candidates!
3) Sight reading in online piano lessons
Your ability to learn new pieces quickly will speed up your progress astronomically. During your online piano lessons, you will use a combination of computer software, analysis, and constant work on new material. Your piano teacher will try many methods and discuss what works best for you. For example, Alfred Interactive is a wonderful program to use for this purpose, as it produces wholly randomized sight reading exercises.
We use three different series of books interchangeably, depending on the student:
4) Ear Training in online piano lessons
Your piano progress will accelerate with the ability to recall. There’s a few ways we use to learn this skill, and your piano teacher will go over each of these:
- call and response techniques
- computer software
- fundamentals of voice to understand how pitch works
- Transposition – the ability to convert a piece from one key to another.
- improvisation – making up a new piece or variation of a piece on the spot.
- sight singing – singing pitch and rhythm accurately from a piece of sheet music
- solfege – the use of hand symbols to learn or read a piece of music
- aspects of the Suzuki method
5) Practice Methods for online piano lessons
There is more involved in growing as a musician than “playing the piece over and over”. When working with a professional piano teacher, you will learn how to reduce something to its most simplistic aspect and then refine and master it. You will then know how to identify problems and how to deal with them if they arise, in addition to the initial learning of a concept. Analysis plays a huge role here (e.g. identify chords, subdivide rhythms, recognize intervals, and understand the building blocks of how various styles of music work).
Simply put, your time is valuable. For this reason, our piano teachers prioritize moving quickly and not droning on about a concept that is wholly understood or already mastered. You may buried in homework, work many hours a week, or generally live a busy life – your time in piano lessons should count. We teach whatever technique or aspect of theory is directly relevant to your musical projects in the moment, providing you the most important and relevant tools to succeed.
Bryn Colodny is a senior vocal principle at Berklee College of Music and is earning her Bachelors of Music in Songwriting. Bryn also attended the reputable, LaGuardia High School in New York City as a vocal principle with a secondary instrument of piano.
Bryn is excited to help students become comfortable within themselves. She is excited to share her passion for voice, piano and songwriting with her students. Her goal is to create a safe and open environment for all!
Jeffery Dunn is a classically trained professional guitarist who earned his BA in Guitar Performance, studying under Dr. Matthew Dunne, from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was inspired by his older brothers to learn, and at age 11 he was on his way to being a skilled self-taught guitarist.
Over the span of his career, Jeffery has performed at weddings and formal events, played the Aztec theater, and taught guitar at studios across the Alamo city. He specializes in classical guitar and metal and incorporates music theory at the core of his lessons.
Today, Jeffery balances his time between teaching and playing guitar in local bands.
Connor Johnson is a trained pianist and singer with over a decade of experience from school choirs to opera competitions. He’s received several awards for piano and vocal performance, as well as music composition.
After graduating high school at 16, and earning his associate degree the following year, Connor is now attending college for his Bachelor’s in Music Production.
With over 12 years of formal voice and piano training, Tracy Clark has taught voice, piano and bassoon privately. She is enthusiastic about working with all kinds of students and is excited to help students accomplish their goals support.
Tracy’s ultimate goal is to make her students feel as safe and welcome as possible in their lessons while they work with her to achieve their highest potential.
Oksana Lutsyshyn was born in the city of Lviv, Ukraine. She began studying music at the age of eight and at twelve she entered the Special Music School in Lviv. Upon graduating from this school, she moved to Moscow, Russia, where she entered the Moscow State Conservatory, completing both her graduate and post-graduate degrees.
After moving to the United States, she was Visiting Scholar at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington. She is presently on the music faculty at Old Dominion University, where she teaches Piano and Music Theory. She also serves as Artistic Co-Director of the Norfolk Chamber Consort.
Lutsyshyn has appeared in concerts as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe, the United States, and South America. She gave her New York debut in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and a Chicago debut in the Preston Bradley Hall at Chicago Cultural Center. Locally, she has performed with the Virginia International Arts Festival, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Ludwig F. Diehn Concert Series, as well as numerous other concert presenters.
Lutsyshyn won Second Prize at the Vienna Modern Masters Third International Performers’ Recording Awards Competition. She was also a prizewinner at the William Kapell International Piano Competition in College Park, Maryland.
As a chamber musician, Lutsyshyn has performed in ensembles with prominent musicians such as violinists Joshua Bell and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, tubist Harvey Phillips, saxophonist Eugene Rousseau, and tenor James King, among many others. Together with her husband, Andrey Kasparov, she is a founding member of the Invencia Piano Duo, performing nationally and internationally.
Lutsyshyn is a prolific recording artist, having worked with the BBC, Vienna Modern Masters, and Contemporary Record Society. But it was her recordings of Hommage à Gabriel Fauré (Hommages musicaux) and piano works by Adolphus Hailstork (Ignis fatuus) on Albany Records that brought her high critical acclaim. The Fanfare Magazine called her touch in Ignis fatuus “perfect,” while the American Record Guide’s review of Hommages musicaux proclaimed: “Hats off to the Kasparov-Lutsyshyn piano duo team for bringing these fascinating pieces to us in their original forms.” She and Kasparov have recently recorded the entire original works by Florent Schmitt for piano duet and duo.
In addition to her performing and recording schedules, Ms. Lutsyshyn has taught master classes at many American universities, including Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, and University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. Currently, she teaches piano and theory at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She also serves as Director of Music at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Virginia Beach.
Li-Hsin Huang was born in Taiwan, where she started her musical training at the age of eight. After earning her Bachelor degree in cello performance in University of Taipei, Ms. Li-Hsin came to the United States to continue her studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). She earned her master degree, and currently she is pursuing her doctoral degree at CCM. Her mentors include Ilya Finkelshteyn (the principal cellist in Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra) and Amit Even-Tov (the cellist of the Ariel Quartet).
Li-Hsin was the winner of cello concerto competition at CCM, and played Elgar cello concerto with the CCM Concert Orchestra. She also performed in masterclasses for Wen-Shin Yang, Paul Katz, and Steven Isserlis. As an experienced and committed teacher, Li-Hsin has more than 4 years’ professional teaching experience and enjoys working with students at all ages.
As a teacher, Li-Hsin seeks to inspire her students to work towards their potential, including beginners, professionals, and amateurs. She nurtures the love of music and emphasizes the importance of good playing techniques within a broad scope of repertoire.
Dr. Nahm is a professional pianist, chamber musician and respectful teacher in NW Pacific area. She began her serious piano studies at the most prestigious institution in music, arts and dance in Seoul, Korea at young age. She graduated with Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor in piano performance at Temple University and earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance at University of Maryland at College Park.
She also had extensive chamber music study including voice coaching and accompanying under the renowned professors. She was on the faculty of Anne Arundel Community College in Annapolis, Maryland before she moved to Oregon. Since then Dr. Nahm has been associated with many music schools and music institutions where she has served as an instructor and accompanist through out the States.
She also served as a choir director and worship pianist for churches. Dr. Nahm has performed widely as a soloist and chamber musician through out her life. She has abundant teaching experiences on piano, chamber music and music theory. She is a member of Music National Teachers Association and her students have won many competitions through OMTA.
Ivy Phairchyld is an accomplished pianist, storied composer with 17 years of experience, and holds a Vocational Degree in Audio Engineering from The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Ivy has a wide range of experience in audio engineering that includes recording, mixing, mastering, live sound management, and being a producer across multiple genres. She has a great deal of experience in the digital recording space with FL Studio being her main DAW.
Whether you want to learn to play piano, record a band, write and produce your own music, or all of the above, she is happy to help guide you toward your goals!
Lauren is a teacher based out of Oregon. Introduced to a love of music by her mother, she started learning piano around the age of 9. As early as high school, Lauren began teaching piano lessons to students of all ages and levels which sparked an interest in teaching in general.
Though she studied piano for a time in college, she eventually decided to pursue a more general teaching degree to allow her to also teach other subjects she loved, like science and visual arts. After achieving a degree in Elementary Education, she went on to become a teacher for several outdoor schools across the country and eventually moved on to managing one here in Oregon. This experience has given her a passion for finding a student’s individual learning style and lifelong learning.
Kimo Knowles is an artist, engineer and educator. Trained in classical piano and viola, Kimo was awarded first place in the MHCC Northwest Orchestra Festival and a gold medal in the Oregon Bach Festival. Kimo holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a focus in Art & Technology Studies.
For over 15 years, Kimo has led and contributed to projects in film, video, new media, dance, folk, punk, classical and ambient music. In the classroom, Kimo draws influence from his studies in philosophy, his piano teacher (a Doctor of Psychology) and a career in K-12 STEM education.
Kimo prefers holistic, collaborative and emergent styles of learning, and treasures the relationships of inspiration and respect that make this possible. Kimo is available for lessons in guitar, piano, voice, theory & composition and audio production.
Christian Emmanuelle Scott was born in Oakland, CA. After her family moved to Mississippi to homeschool her and her siblings, she completed her undergraduate degree in Music Education at Mississippi College. She subsequently completed her Masters of Music in Choral Conducting at Mississippi College during her first year of teaching at Provine High School in Jackson, MS.
As a graduate assistant, she toured the United States with the premier choral ensemble, The Mississippi College Singers, and was a featured soloist at ACDA. During a choral/service-learning trip to South Africa, she taught music and performed with The Singers. Most recently she was the Director of Choral Activities at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi.
Christian enjoys making music from all representative genres and helping her vocal/piano students embrace their love of music.
Denise Brown, mezzo soprano, has been teaching private voice and piano for 10 years. Denise completed her Master of Music in Pedagogy and Performance at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is currently a certified EC-12 music instructor.
Known for her large vocal range, Denise has been praised for her work with beginning male and female voices of all ages (child to senior), as she is able to model in their own octaves, helping to bring their true voices forward. Her favorite student is anyone who wants to sing, and has worked with many “tone deaf” beginners, who all have learned to sing in tune and give their first performances within several months.
Denise has experience with helping students with diagnosed vocal faults, and helping bringing, tired, stressed voices back into vocal health. Her piano students learn to be functional musicians and bold sight readers, whether their goal is to move on to classical works, or just learn to play along with their favorite pop song. Her students are also active in the musical theater community and on the classical stage.
Denise Brown performs regularly with the Opera San Antonio chorus, in solo recital, and is music director for her local Episcopal church. Denise Brown is a current member of Texas Music Educators Association and the National Association for Teachers of Singing. She is currently and adjunct college instructor with Alamo Community College District in San Antonio, Tx.
Ty Napierskie (they/them) is a middle school music teacher whose love for music, which started early in their life, blossomed into teaching . They have a BM in Music Education and have years of experience teaching private piano, voice, and guitar lessons. Ty currently teaches choir and guitar at a middle school in Virginia and LOVES learning new instruments.
Ty has been involved in many different ensembles including: playing piano in musicals, singing soprano in select and jazz choirs, playing piano in jazz bands, playing flute in marching bands, playing flute and euphonium in concert bands, and playing piano for solo and accompanied performances.
They also love watching anime and the K-pop group BTS. They saw BTS live in 2019 and hope to see them live again soon. Their other interests include going on hikes, painting, making earrings, and playing with their pet dog and pet rats.
One passion of theirs is personalizing lessons to suit each individual student’s need, and they are dedicated to helping their students begin and continue their lifelong musical journey. Currently Ty is based in Northern Virginia, USA.
You have an equal chance to find Nic Brannen with camera in hand or at a painter’s studio as you find zir in a practice room. Even though ze has been learning to play piano since zir childhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, Nic’s work often is about finding the beauty in zir subject matter through any means.
Nic has been trained as a Jazz Performer-Composer at Cornish College of the Arts. Nic learned that it doesn’t matter what kind of music you want to perform, it is about understanding the context and history behind the music/art you are performing.
Whether your thing is French harpsichord pieces or jazz arrangements of Queen, part of the joy of that music is the people and the cultures that fueled that music. There are thousands of ways to interpret a song and yet ze often finds that a student’s personal expression is pushed behind technique. But why is this often rejected in music lessons? Why don’t we put the student before the music in our lessons. It is the job of the music teacher to foster a love and passion for music and we never should lose sight of that goal.
Melodi Alper is a voice, piano, guitar, and flute teacher from Izmir, Turkey. Her classical music education started at age 5 with solfege training, continued with playing the piano at age 6, and began guitar training at age 10.
From an early age her dream was to be a professional pianist! She has studied piano with many great pianists such as Basarcan Kivrak and Basak Goren Han at Armoni School of music. She has also had the honor of playing flute in many formal ceremonies!
Since 2015, Melodi has been teaching private lessons with a passion for both music and LGBT acceptance.
Levels: all for voice, beginner and intermediate for piano and harp
David Tafone is a voice, piano, and Celtic harp teacher based in the Portland Oregon area. He has studied at SUNY Purchase and the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music for both his Bachelors and Masters degrees respectively. At the New England Conservatory of Music he studied with the world renown distinguished professor of voice Ms. Carole Haber.
He still sings today using the bel canto technique passed down to him from generations of excellent vocal technicians who served and still serve at NEC today. While at SUNY Purchase, he performed in three operas and studied with the head of the department, internationally renown tenor, Jacque Trussel as well as Baritone Thomas Goodheart who is currently the chair of voice at SUNY Binghamton.
He began his masters at the Jacobs school of music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He studied there under the tutelage of internationally renown pedagogue Dr. Dale Moore. At the New England Conservatory of Music he sang five operas in two years – all leading baritone roles. he has studied basic grammar of Italian, German, French and Spanish. He speaks French and Spanish at an intermediate level. He has also studied years of diction in the languages of French, Spanish, German, and Italian.
He is a classically trained pianist as well and is a teacher of the Celtic harp. During his education he accompanied many voice lessons of various singers with various voice types and styles.
Mari Esabel Valverde is an award-winning composer in steady demand across the United States and Canada. Based in North Texas, she sings in multiple professional ensembles and maintains a voice studio.
She holds degrees from St. Olaf College, the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Levels: all for voice, beginner and intermediate for piano and guitar
Genres: any but classical/opera
Brandon Tuzio is a music instructor based in New Jersey. He began his music education at a young age and eventually graduated from Berklee College of Music as a Voice Principal with a Professional Music Bachelor’s Degree.
He writes and produces his own music, as well as composing music for film and video games. Brandon also has an extensive performance background in Musical Theater, performing keyboards and vocals in numerous wedding bands, and being a part of many bands performing original music.
As a music teacher, he has had years of experience teaching voice, guitar, piano, bass, and music theory. He truly enjoys getting to know students and what their individual goals are, and works hard to help achieve them.
Adrian Soliz is a recent graduate from UTSA (Bachelor of Arts in Music) who has been teaching in the San Antonio area for 3 years now. He has taught all levels of singers, from 6 years old to adults, and many different genres of music.
His students have gone out to receive roles in the community theaters and have also won various choral competitions at the regional level. He is an advocate for using science to better understand how the voice works to allow for artists to have much more artistic freedom and expression. Adrian himself has performed with local opera and musical theater companies in the area.
His biggest project right now is being the president of the Young Professional Opera Guild. This nonprofit works bring opera to the community through various popup performances and recitals. “My goal as a voice teacher is to create an environment where my students feel safe and secure enough that they can allow themselves to unleash the artist that is in everyone.”
Alexandra Exeter is a 3rd generation protégé of Claude Debussy, a master of the French Classical technique, boasts 12+ years of experience as a music educator with numerous contest winning students, has directed numerous musicals, and has a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
She has served as a vocal coach and director for productions of Sweeney Todd, Addams Family, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Into the Woods, as well as performances of the 24 Italian Songs and Arias and other pieces of operatic repertoire.
Boasting extensive experience in French and Italian vocal repertoire, training in a variety of genres including rock/pop/metal, Alexandra has experience in bands and local groups, and has served an instrumental role in several music programs and institutions in both St. Louis Missouri and Denver Colorado.
She owned and operated a music store in St. Louis, taught for and served as the music director for the Metro East Montessori School, served as a music instructor for Flagstaff Academy in Longmont Colorado, as well as several other private institutions including Schmitt Music in O’Fallon, Illinois.
Whatever your musical goals, Alexandra can help.