Virtual Piano Academy actually came about by accident, during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Amy had just started a new job in January 2020, but was laid off 3 months later due to COVID-19. She was still teaching a few piano students privately at this time, and like every other piano teacher during COVID-19, she started teaching her students via Zoom.
But it didn't take long to realise that this wasn't a viable ongoing solution for piano lessons. A student played a scale, and Amy commented on how wobbly the students' rhythm was. Amy realised it wasn't the students' poor performance at all...it was the internet connection cutting in and out. They wasted 5 minutes of the 30-minute lesson on trying to perfect a scale that the student could already play perfectly. What a waste of time!
With students and parents working and studying from home, Amy's students’ schedules changed, meaning they often couldn’t do their previous lesson time/day. This meant an entire overhaul of Amy's teaching schedule, trying to fit everyone in…..which just didn’t work. A normal 4pm Tuesday lesson time no longer worked for Amy's student Ruby, because her dad now had work meetings using Zoom at this time, but Amy didn't have any more free spots available. It was a big mess.
But this was the moment Virtual Piano Academy was born! Amy thought, what if students could submit a video of all their homework and get feedback on it? Uploading a video is a much more reliable (and flexible) option to Zoom (or in-person) lessons. It means you don't have to be at a specific location, on a specific day and a specific time for your weekly piano lesson. It gives both the student and teacher so much more flexibility. It saves time. There are no lesson clashes. No peak-hour traffic to contend with. No fighting over that 4pm slot. No confusion about what to practice (as it’s all laid out clearly in the student’s lesson portal, along with feedback videos they can watch over and over).
The idea seemed so simple! Amy spent the next 3 months during the COVID-19 lockdown, building the platform (and learning a whole bunch of tech stuff she never knew before!). The idea (and platform) grew organically (almost as if by itself) into this new and exciting online piano school.
Being a completely digital piano school has a lot of perks. Not only do you receive a weekly video lesson (known as a Weekly Showcase), you learn through interactive digital games; you receive demonstration videos that you can watch over and over to help your practice; we step you through exactly what you need to do for your practice each week; you receive additional feedback from other students via our Piano Parades; you can do exams; music theory is integrated into your practical lessons; you have access to our digital sheet music library...and heaps more. And all of this is included in your lesson fee! And you don't have to battle traffic to get to your weekly lesson at a specific (and awkward) time!
You can also find out what it's like to be a part of Virtual Piano Academy first-hand, from our current students. Check out what they think of their experience at Virtual Piano Academy below 👇
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