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Why Choose Online Piano Lessons?

By Hoffman Academy Team
Why choose online vs. in-person piano lessons?

Are you considering piano lessons for your kids and family? Learning to play a musical instrument has so many benefits. It can improve academic performance, develop good work habits, and give them the joy of making music. But, on the other hand, you don’t want piano lessons to be a burden on your family because of the amount of time, effort, and money they might require. 

At Hoffman Academy, we think that private, in-person lessons are a wonderful way to learn the piano, but they may not be the best option for everyone. Part of our mission at Hoffman Academy is to make piano lessons accessible to anyone who wants to learn. The great news is that online piano lessons can remove many of the obstacles that keep families from making piano learning a part of their lives. 

Learning Piano Online Can Save You Time

If you live near a good piano teacher and can make time in your schedule for in-person lessons, there is really no substitute for quality one-on-one instruction. Hoffman Academy runs an in-person piano studio in Portland, Oregon with 12 teachers and 250 students, so we definitely believe in this traditional model of music learning.

But, imagine the convenience of a piano teacher who comes to your home, not just on a weekly schedule but whenever you want them to! For most in-person lessons, students have to take the time to travel to their piano teacher’s home or studio. When lessons are online, your home is the place where it happens. 

With Hoffman Academy’s online video lessons, you never have to coordinate with someone else’s schedule. You choose the time that works best for your family!

Learning Piano Online Saves You Money

With an online music education system that uses recorded video lessons, a single lesson can be viewed by millions of students. Because of this, online teachers don’t need to charge as much as a traditional in-person teacher who gives one student one lesson at a time. 

In fact, all of our Hoffman Academy video lessons are available for free! Anyone can watch and learn, any time. We do offer a Premium membership, which comes with printable sheet music, audio tracks, practice instructions, online learning games, and more. When you compare private lessons, which cost between $100 and $200 a month, to Hoffman Academy Premium, which is $18 a month or less depending on your payment plan, Hoffman Academy Premium is a fraction of the cost of traditional, in-person lessons.

Learning Piano Online Provides a Top Quality Music Education

So learning to play the piano online with Hoffman Academy costs less and it’s more convenient, but will you be missing out on quality? Not at all!

Not everyone lives in a place where they can find a piano teacher nearby. Online piano lessons solve that problem. It doesn’t matter where you live. The internet gives you access to amazing piano teachers from all around the world. For example, Mr. Hoffman has a master’s degree in music and has studied both child development and piano pedagogy. Every video lesson he creates is carefully designed as part of a well-thought-out curriculum.

When a student learns the piano by watching a video lesson from an excellent teacher, they are immersed in the sound and sense of great piano playing from the very beginning. In most traditional, in-person lessons, students don’t have much of a chance to hear their teacher play. Video lessons teach by example, the most powerful way to learn. Want to see for yourself how effective video lessons can be? Check out the video on our homepage (it’s there at the top) featuring some of our Hoffman Academy students.

Hoffman Academy video lessons do so much more than teach kids to play songs. We include important music skills like:

  • Sight reading
  • Improvisation
  • Technique
  • Ear training 
  • Music Theory
  • Composition 

Having a well-crafted online music learning system makes it easy to ensure that nothing gets left out.

Learning Piano Online Keeps Kids Engaged

Kids love using technology, and Hoffman Academy is the type of screen time you can feel good about. How fun is it to watch videos and play games online? At Hoffman Academy, that’s what piano lessons are! Engaging, interactive video lessons, audio tracks to download and listen to, online games that build music skills, and printable activity sheets all provide a variety of enjoyable activities to get kids excited about learning music.

Another key to keeping kids engaged is to allow them to learn at their own pace. With an in-person piano teacher, lessons typically happen once a week. If a student can play perfectly what they were taught in the lesson on the first day of practice, then the rest of the week will be a boring non-challenge. On the other hand, if the student didn’t understand the lesson, they’ll have to wait another week before they get a chance to try again. Hoffman Academy lessons are there whenever you need them. Rewatch a lesson as many times as you want. Mr. Hoffman doesn’t mind! As soon as you’re comfortable with the material in one lesson, move on to the next. No getting bored because lessons are moving too slow, or getting frustrated because things are moving too fast.

We believe that music learning happens best in a supportive community of students, parents, and teachers. Our thriving online community welcomes students of all ages and backgrounds from around the world. Mr. Hoffman holds weekly Jam Sessions on Facebook Live where he answers questions and gives students a chance to play along with him. We especially love it when students post videos of themselves playing their songs on our Facebook group! 

Try Hoffman Academy and See For Yourself

When it comes to choosing online piano lessons, we hope this post has been helpful in deciding what is right for your family. If online piano lessons seem right for you, why not give Hoffman Academy a try and see for yourself why online piano lessons are a great way to learn? Get started by watching Lesson 1 for free, or learn more about Hoffman Academy Premium.

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