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Years ago, my mother read somewhere that a child could be a concert pianist after seven years of piano instruction. Therefore, she immediately started the search for an instructor so I could learn to play piano. She scheduled said piano lessons half an hour away for the next seven years of my life. I hated driving to piano lessons. I hated practicing. I hated being forced to do something that was supposed to be fun. I. Hated. Piano. Period. So, as any strong-willed child would, I refused to practice and tortured my teacher every Thursday afternoon for the better part of my elementary and middle school years. Based on these memories, I vowed not to force my children to learn any instrument. Of course, I knew in the back of my mind that learning to read music had proved to be very useful in my life. But, I didn’t want to be “that mom.”
So, you can imagine my surprise when each of my daughters began begging to play an instrument. Out of the blue one day, my 8-year-old asked to learn to play the piano. I tried to teach her some of what I remembered, but it had been nearly 25 years since I played. I barely remembered the notes. I had just decided I would have to somehow fit in another out-of-the-house lesson when I was introduced to Team Piano Music School. I’ll be honest, the appeal of piano lessons taught inside our home was strong, but I was wary. Could it be possible to learn to play the piano via Skype?
My daughter was ecstatic. This new adventure combined her favorite things: (1) the piano lessons she had begged for and (2) not changing out of her pajamas. And I was happy that she would be receiving one-on-one piano lessons with a live teacher via Skype! Now, to see if Team Piano Music School could live up to the expectation.
Our first lesson went very well. Apparently, some of what I had taught her had stuck in her memory, and she was able to move quickly through the first few pages of the book. She was thrilled and Ivan, our new instructor, was responsive and easy to work with. He managed to instruct me how to use Skype (without me having to call in the teenager) and set up the iPad. He assigned songs and theory lessons, and my daughter eagerly practiced. But still, I wondered was this just the excitement of a new thing?
After nearly three months, I can safely say that the excitement has not worn off! I am amazed at how much my beginner student has learned in such a short time. Ivan is a joy to work with and is always patient (even on the day we lost the iPad and missed the lesson). He has worked to accommodate our schedule which sometimes can get overtaken by field trips and vacations. He is responsive and knowledgeable. And the best part is that my daughter has a genuine love for the piano.
In fact, the lessons were so successful that we will continue them even now that our “review” lessons are over! My daughter is looking forward to lessons beginning again once the Christmas holiday is behind us. So I can honestly say that we recommend Team Piano Music School lessons and that we love them ourselves! If you have a child who would like piano lessons–whether a younger child like mine or a tween- or teenager–and you’d like to avoid having one more place to go each week, give Team Piano a try! Your child might just love the chance to learn to play piano in pajamas too.
~Dachelle (and her 8-year-old daughter)
Like Dachelle mentioned above, my daughter and I are so glad to have the chance to try out these online piano lessons from Team Piano Music School! My oldest daughter, age 12, is the one in our family who got to do these lessons. She met with Ivan each week via Skype.
My daughter enjoyed the lessons, and I enjoyed watching her learn and watching how Ivan used technology to teach her. It’s so amazing that Ivan and Team Piano Music School are based in New York, New York, yet my daughter’s lessons were done in our home many states away! I was also very impressed with the dual cameras that Ivan used for the lessons. They allowed a hand view up top as well as a normal face-to-face view. This allowed the lessons to be thorough, and it allowed my daughter to better understand things like finger placement–which is important in learning piano!
Fitting one more class into our schedule was not something we needed to do, but I really wanted piano lessons included in our homeschool this year. I knew it would be challenging to find the time for piano lessons, and I wasn’t sure if we could find a qualified piano teacher in our area. There are many benefits to living in a small town, but finding quality music instruction isn’t usually one of them! But even in our small town, we have the internet.
I just love the internet! As a homeschooler, it opens so many doors to new learning opportunities–like the piano lessons offered through the Team Piano Music School. Using Skype, my daughter Lily was able to take private piano lessons from Ivan Todorov. Ivan is a professional pianist who has undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano. But even with his piano degrees, he’s able to teach students in a way they can understand.
Using the internet and doing lessons via Skype at home helped eliminate many logistical problems that are normally associated with piano lessons! Lily’s convenient, in-home lessons fit easily into her schedule, and there was no commute to disrupt the flow of her school day.
Ivan began by contacting us to schedule Lily’s weekly lessons. After learning more about Lily’s musical background, he suggested the music books she would use in class. My daughter began her lessons the following week, and I was able to step back at that point and let her take responsibility for her own lessons.
Although the lessons were conducted remotely, the instruction was very personal! Ivan paid attention to the details–noticing hand positions, finger placements on the keys, and the sounds of the notes as she played. Lily used an iPad for her lessons and positioned the screen so that Ivan was able to see her hands and fingers while she played. He was conscious of my daughter’s learning pace, repeating practice when needed and allowing her to progress when she had mastered something he had taught her. My daughter noted that Ivan’s instruction was detailed and easy to follow and that he was very patient. He demonstrated the lessons when needed. The lessons, surprisingly, were just as thorough as if he were sitting right beside Lily teaching her in person!
And, similarly to in-person lessons, Ivan assigned homework for my daughter. It included not only the lessons he taught during class, but also music theory. This made for complete piano instruction.
For my family, Team Piano Music School proved to be the next best thing to on-site classes, or maybe even a little bit better! Nothing beats having quality and convenience in your own home.
~Jennifer (and her 13-year-old daughter)
What is Team Piano Music School? And how can you know if it’s the right fit for your family?
Ivan, the owner and one of the teachers at Team Piano Music School, offered 3 Hip Homeschool Moms team members 12 free lessons in order to try out his online piano lessons and share about them with you. We didn’t know before this that online piano lessons were even an option, so it was exciting to learn more and for Dachelle, Jennifer, and Jamie to get to try them out with their children! We hope you enjoyed reading about each of their experiences with Team Piano Music School.
Lesson Days and Times:
At most music schools, lessons are only available in the afternoons. But Team Piano Music School offers lessons on week day mornings too. That makes lessons much more convenient for homeschooling families. Since many of us “do school” in the mornings, piano lessons can flow right into our regular homeschool hours without causing a disruption in schedule.
During the upcoming semester (beginning in January 2017), available lesson times will be from about 10:00 a.m. until noon (possibly 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.). NOTE: These are all Eastern times, so you’ll need to adjust for your time zone. And another great thing about these online lessons is that you save 50%! Morning lessons in your own home are about 50% less expensive than afternoon, in-person lessons. And without the drive, you really save even more! Morning lessons without a commute in your own home? Yes, please!
A Chance to Win Free Lessons and a Discount for Early Birds!
Enter below for the chance to win 8 free lessons from Ivan and Team Piano Music School (a $200 value)! And for those of you who don’t win free lessons but who would like to take advantage of a 25% discount, just contact Team Piano Music School and sign up for lessons by January 31st! (No discount code is needed.) IMPORTANT NOTE: Please contact Team Piano Music School to sign up for your student’s lessons as early in January as possible. You will still receive the 25% discount if you sign up later in the month, but for planning purposes and to be sure the best days and times are available, it’s a great idea to sign up by January 15 if at all possible.