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5 Benefits of Online Piano Lessons for Homeschool

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Rose Park

updated 3/4/24 • 4 min read

We all know that learning to play the piano can help children become musically literate and foster creativity. But what are the actual benefits of taking online piano lessons for homeschoolers?

Discover the 5 benefits of adding online piano lessons to your homeschooling program. Give your child a musical edge with flexible and convenient live online piano lessons!

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Why Should Homeschoolers Learn Piano and What Are the Benefits?

1. Increased concentration

Did you know that playing the piano can actually help homeschoolers improve their concentration? During piano lessons, students learn to focus on reading sheet music, playing the correct notes and rhythms, and coordinating their hands, fingers, and feet. This intense concentration not only develops their musical abilities but also translates into better focus on other activities like exams and assignments. So, by learning to play the piano, homeschoolers can boost their academic success too.

2. Grow motor skills and physical coordination

Playing the piano involves using your hands and fingers in precise and coordinated ways, which strengthens your motor skills. These skills are also beneficial for activities like drawing and painting in art. In sports, the hand-eye coordination developed through piano playing can boost physical skills like catching and throwing a ball, hitting a tennis racket, or shooting a basketball. So, the skills learned from playing the piano can directly translate into improved abilities in art and sports.

3. Boost creativity

Playing the piano goes beyond simply following sheet music; it offers homeschoolers a platform to expand their creativity and express themselves musically. During piano lessons, your child can explore different sounds, playing around with melodies, harmonies, and rhythms. Plus, they can engage in improvisation and composition, where they create their own music, giving them the freedom to express their unique musical ideas and emotions.

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4. Learn how to memorize fast

Learning to read music and play the piano requires homeschoolers to actively use their memory. Each time they encounter a new music theory concept or piece of music, teachers often ask them to remember and memorize these concepts through consistent practice and drills. As children learn and memorize various pieces of music, they naturally develop important memorization techniques which can be applied to other areas of their education, such as learning foreign languages and studying new formulas in math or science.

5. Develop problem-solving skills

While working on difficult pieces of music, students learn to think critically and creatively to solve problems. When children practice piano after lessons, they have to identify problems and come up with solutions to make the performance or practice better each time. For example, if a section of the music is particularly challenging, they might break it down into smaller parts or try different fingerings until they find what works best. This problem-solving process can be applied to other aspects of life, which can help your child build a sense of “never give up” mind.

What Makes Live Online Piano Lessons Perfect for Homeschool?

Flexible scheduling and location

Live online piano lessons offer a flexible and convenient option for homeschooling families so they can learn piano at their own pace and on their schedule. Students can take lessons from the comfort of their homes without the need to travel to the teacher’s studio. Online piano lessons offer more flexibility to schedule lesson times compared to local in-person lessons, which also makes it easier to fit the lesson into your child’s busy homeschooling schedule.

Customized Curriculum

Compared to in-person lessons or pre-recorded self-learning videos and apps, live online piano lessons offer customized instruction from professional piano teachers in real time. Your child can receive one-on-one piano instruction, and the instructor can tailor the lessons based on your child’s age, level, and musical interests. 

Unlike pre-recorded lessons, your child will receive real-time feedback and guidance, which can enhance their overall piano learning experience and progress more effectively. The more personalized and interactive the instruction is, the faster your child will develop solid piano skills and cognitive abilities.

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Cheaper Lesson Costs

Online piano lessons with live teachers are a budget-friendly option for homeschool families compared to in-person lessons. According to our recent piano lessons cost guide, the average cost for online piano lessons is $40 per half hour lesson, whereas in-person lessons charge $50 for a half hour lesson on average.

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Live Private Instruction

Online piano lessons offer a wider range of highly skilled and experienced piano instructors who may not be available locally or may have limited schedules. These days, there’s little need to worry about teacher quality between in-person and online lessons because now even the very best piano teachers offer lessons online. Your child can take live lessons from piano teachers all over the world. This give your child more opportunities to experience diverse music genres, styles and piano techniques taught by professionals all around the world.

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How to Fit Piano Lessons into Your Homeschool

Adding piano lessons into your homeschool curriculum can be a rewarding and exciting experience for both you and your child! As a homeschooling parent, you can set up online piano lessons as a part of a personalized curriculum that meets your child’s needs and interests.

The best way for your homeschooled child to learn piano is definitely through live online piano lessons with qualified teachers. Start by looking into different live online piano lessons and check their prices. Take a moment to read about the teachers and their backgrounds to make sure they’re well-trained to teach piano, ideally with at least a Bachelor’s degree in piano. Also, watch any performance recordings listed on their profile or on YouTube. While a teacher with a music education degree focusing on piano is fine, it’s better in the long run to stick with one who has a degree specifically in piano.

Pre-recorded piano apps or software can be useful for learning the basics of piano and music theory, but they cannot give honest feedback or help with posture, hand and finger movements, and other essential elements of playing the piano. After all, the goal of learning piano is to be able to perform, not just to learn the concepts from generic lesson plans created by software or apps. This is why we recommend looking into live online piano lessons, which can provide the one-on-one support and guidance necessary for your child to succeed.

Alongside their weekly piano lessons, your child can explore various musical styles and composers through online resources and listening assignments. For instance, they can learn works of Beethoven by researching his life and listening to his famous compositions like the “Moonlight Sonata” or “Symphony No. 5”. They can find Beethoven’s background and performances on reputative music websites like Classic FM or YouTube channels dedicated to classical music.

At what age is it best for my homeschooled child to begin piano lessons?

The best age for homeschoolers to start piano lessons is usually between 7 and 9 years old. But it really depends on how ready your child feels and how interested they are in learning the piano. What’s important is that your child should be able to communicate with the piano teacher, focus on the materials for at least half an hour, and practice consistently throughout the week. This also means a child should be able to read at a somewhat basic level to understand musical theory written in the method book.

At Lesson With You, we’re happy to welcome kids aged 7 and up. For more details, visit our resource “What’s the best age to learn piano?”

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How long and how often should my child practice piano?

Consistency is key. Whether your homeschooled child practices for 15 minutes or 30 minutes a day, it’s important that they maintain a consistent practice schedule each week. We generally recommend children between the ages of 7 and 9 to practice piano at least three times a week for about 15 minutes per session. For those aged 10 to 13, aim for three practice sessions a week, each lasting around 20 minutes on average. For students older than 13, try to practice three times a week, with session durations ranging from 20 to 30 minutes each (frequency may vary).

It’s okay if your child misses one or two practice sessions a week sometimes; what’s more important is that they enjoy learning to play the piano and use their practice time efficiently. Additionally, try to avoid long breaks between lessons, such as during a month-long summer vacation. Students can forget many things, including fingerings and techniques, within just a few weeks without lessons and practice.

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Rose Park

Rose Park is a graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where she studied Piano Performance and Arts Administration, receiving both Bachelor's and Master's degrees before co-founding Lesson With You. As a pianist, Rose was a prizewinner in many international piano competitions and performed at various summer programs and festivals across the United States, Italy, and Japan.