Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Piano Project and Online Lessons

Hello Online Bloggy Friends, how's it hanging?

I have a proposition for all of you (Oh no. Definitely not that kind.) that I was hoping to get some feedback on.

So as I've harped on plenty enough, I teach piano. To be quite honest with the intertubes, I absolutely love teaching. Love it. 

As of now, I have around 27 students and am about topping off on capacity of students that I can teach in person. I also have noticed a decent population of working adults (at least in India) that would love to learn, but are completely overtaken with work and can only come on the weekends (of which lessons are currently full on Saturday A.M's for me). 

The idea goes that I will have video lessons (which students should work on about a week at a time) online, 1 day guarantee email support for questions, once weekly student/teacher Skype interactions for performance, level appropriate exams, and additional educational assistance/materials.

So here's where I need your feedback:
Would you take classes online?
What services/support would you need to be convinced to take classes in an online environment?

I also am looking for some fearless volunteers to go through 2 months worth of classes (on me!) a month or two from right now and give some feedback about the program. It's completely free for volunteers, unless I get completely bowled over by eager learners! Then we may need to limit numbers. 

The thing you would need to participate: 

  • A piano/keyboard to practice on - doesn't need to be yours, but it should play
  • The appropriate computer equipment to view videos and conduct skype sessions with sound, which I'm going to guess most of you will be equipped with
  • A willingness to try out playing the piano.
  • The time to commit to 4 (30 minute) Skype meetings per month (about once per week)
  • The ability to not be a troll. Sexual comments/innuendos/invitations are entertaining, but a waste of my time in this experiment. Just don't.
I've been told I'm a good teacher and that I have a great rapport with all different ages, but you can feel free to try it out and give your own feedback as needed.

Even if you choose not to participate, please do let me know your thoughts on the idea. I do need some idea as to whether there is any interest in this at all.



Ken said...

Hey Becky,

I think it sounds like a good idea. It would allow you more time to cover more students, and I'd think some people actually learn better at their own pace and when they don't feel stressed by a classroom setting. The weekly updates keep then on some schedule, but they can fit their practice into whatever works in their day. Especially for adult pupils.

Rusty said...

I think this is a great idea

I am doing my Masters of Engineering online, and while it is a butt load of time, it is flexible enough that I can still work those long engineering hours and still work on my stand up.

I have always wanted to learn the piano, I played clarinet as a kid, but unfortunately I am too time poor to be able to commit enough for it to be worthwhile for you.

However, I may know some people outside the blogging world who may be interested. I will inform them and send them your way

Good luck

Becky said...

Thanks for the feedback Ken!

Becky said...

Thanks for the feedback Rusty!

If you have the time, I would love to have you in the trial group. If not, I understand.

I would really appreciate any referrals that you could pass along.

Michael D'Agostino said...

Another option is putting your lessons on YouTube. I constantly go to YouTube to find out how to play songs on guitar and if you get enough views, you could apply for advertising, which is how you would make money.

Have you gotten anyone on board yet?