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A quick guide for families to set up their child for success when starting and transitioning into online piano lessons.
Having immediate access to a piano or keyboard is crucial to online learning success! Your child's interest will continue with a piano available to use.
You can start with an acoustic piano or an electronic keyboard and always upgrade later. If possible, place your piano away from noise and distraction.
#2: Technology & Programs
Will they use a laptop? A tablet? A webcam? How about Zoom? Google Drive? Or? Your teacher will let you know what programs or tools you need.
Take the time to review the programs yourself first before guiding your child on how to navigate. It will take time to adjust and explore these programs.
Remember, these are tools. They only work if you use them often.
Help your child feel prepared and capable by having all materials ready by their second lesson.
Materials can include lesson books, manipulatives and stationary goods
(e.g., a sharpened pencil, eraser, highlighter, and sticky notes).
Getting organized is key!
Check your internet wifi connection using Speedtest.net. Ensure your wifi speed is at least 800kbps/1.5Mbps for high quality videos.
Any issues during the first few lessons, your role will be to help your child troubleshoot internet connections and update software systems.
Kids can have a tough day and so can parents.
Modelling a willingness to learn, to persist together, and a positive outlook is integral for kids transitioning to learning something new.
Be consistent with your expectations, be flexible and work together to find solutions.
Mistakes are valuable as they help you learn faster.
Go for it!
Be present and available during online and offline lessons to support your child's learning, especially if your child is under the age of 11.
You will want to learn along to keep up with their learning, help facilitate the teacher's directions, and provide positive and encouraging reinforcements.
Younger children and most preteens are still learning about time and time management.
At the beginning of each week, go over with your child what their schedule looks like.
Block off piano practise time, review practise agreements and automate a lesson date reminder on your calendar.
They say new habits take at least 3 weeks to consolidate.
Start preparing now with these 7 steps and you will be well on your way to starting piano lessons online successfully! Keep going and be the best you!
Check out our group online piano lessons! It's a great start to learning piano.