Learn to play piano from the comfort of your home!
WHY STUDY PIANO ONLINE?
The Advantages to Online Lessons:
Have the lesson right at home (keep your slippers on). Never worry about loading kids in the car, traffic or remembering to bring every music book. Use the time spent driving to stay home and practice instead.
Never miss a lesson due to inclement weather or sickness (unless too ill to leave bed, of course) Learning happens faster when the student regularly meets with the teacher.
Record your lessons for future playback with Zoom's recording feature when using a laptop.
ONLINE LESSON FEATURES
What You Can Expect From Working With Me:
Complete Learning Experience
Students have option to switch between multiple camera views including a front-facing view of teacher, an overhead angle to better view finger positions and an interactive display of the student's sheet music. Multiple perspectives provide a more immersive experience for the student.
Personalized weekly assignments and annotations on students' music are made accessible online to view and download.
Ability to help you meet your scheduling and pricing needs. Take lessons weekly, bi-weekly or monthly in durations of 30 or 60 minutes.
Have a conflict with your scheduled time? No problem! Lessons can be rescheduled if there is availability!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO BEGIN:
Minimal Setup Required!
Piano or keyboard (at least 61 keys)
Device (laptop or tablet) with camera. A smartphone will work but the experience would not be optimal due to the smaller screen size. Device must be able to accept calls from the video conferencing app, Zoom.
Strong, reliable internet connection
Music/method books (available on Amazon or music stores i.e Sam Ash) Titles of books needed to purchase will be provided (around $25).
BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
Meet Your Teacher, Chris Dickerson
Hello! My name is Chris Dickerson. I have been teaching private piano since 2007 to children and adults of all ages. I hold a music degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania where I studied piano with Dr. Vincent Craig.
In addition to private piano instructor, I have served as a hotel pianist since 2012 playing for Sunday brunches, weddings, and various engagements.
I am a third-grade school teacher and also direct and accompany a middle school choir for the district.
I believe it is never too late to start piano lessons. If you are motivated to learn and will make consistent time to practice, you can learn to play this amazing instrument sooner than you think!
I would love the opportunity to help you or your child begin a lifetime of musical fulfillment!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT AGES DO YOU TEACH?
I teach students of all ages! Children as young as five can start. Your child should be able to sit for a 30 minute lesson although parent involvement during the lesson is encouraged for younger students.
You can learn the piano at any age whether you've had experience or not. I am a school teacher but also really enjoy teaching adults. I understand learning a new hobby in the midst of a demanding home/career life can be challenging. I will patiently work alongside you and help optimize your practice time.
WHAT STYLES DO YOU TEACH?
I use traditional methods to provide students a well-rounded foundation in piano technique, theory and repertoire while also having opportunities to learn music of their choice.
Please note, if you are looking to study jazz or more improvisational styles of playing, I would not be best suited to fit those needs and would suggest a teacher specialized in that genre.
HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO PRACTICE?
When first beginning, I recommend a minimum of 20-30 minutes for adults and 15-20 minutes for younger students at least five days a week. You will need to devote increased time as you become more advanced, but with consistent practice, you will gain proficiency in a matter of months.
HOW LONG ARE LESSONS AND HOW OFTEN?
I recommend weekly 30-minute lessons for younger students, while adults may benefit taking an hour but it is not essential. You will find that the lesson time flies by when you're enjoying it!
If you would like to begin or need more information on rates, my teaching methods, availability, etc, please reach out to me via email.
Thank you for your interest and I hope to talk to you soon.