Making Online Teaching Easier

We have all been thrown into online lessons whether we wanted to be teaching online or not. I have been teaching online since 2016 when I moved from South Florida to Cleveland Ohio. I have several students who wanted to continue their lessons with me, so I started teaching using FaceTime.

Here are some things that make online teaching easier for me and my students and may help you as well. I am not covering set-up and technical issues in this post as most of you already have your online set-up in place.

For Yourself

1 – Get comfortable. Get a comfortable chair, set things up so you can stand if you need to. Being physically comfortable is step one in making online lessons easier.

2 – Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite drink. Treat yourself, you deserve it!

3 – Change your schedule. Online teaching is more demanding for us. However, just about everyone has some flexibility right now. I set my schedule up so that I don’t have more than six students in a row.

4 – Keep a pen and paper handy to take notes.

When Working With Your Students

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Free Piano Games You Can Use Online

Online Piano Games

I am so very heartened by people’s response to the pandemic. So many people are pitching in to help. I want to help too so I am making all of the printable games at palomapiano.com free until 4/10/20. That’s Free Piano Games You Can Use Online.

I know that just about all us are going to online lessons these days and who knows how long that’s going to last?

Lessons over the internet may be different than in-person lessons but that doesn’t rule out fun! My students love games. For preschool students games are essential. For older students, games are a great way to give them a two to three-minute break from the music and reset.

Here are some great games you can play games with your students online including 3 free printables that you can download and send to your students. Many of these are featured in my book “The Ultimate Preschool Piano Activities Book”

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Sample Online Teaching Email

I just taught my last lesson in person for the next few weeks. I am sharing the email I sent out to my students. Feel free to copy and modify to fit your own circumstances.


“Hello,

I hope everyone is doing ok.

I will not be teaching The Arts Studio while schools are closed. All piano/voice lessons will be online during the school closures in Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio. Lessons will be held this week March 18-19-20, and the week after spring break April 1-2-3.

I am currently teaching online lessons with students in other states and it works very well. I also study Jazz online with a teacher located in Nashville TN. Many of my students at the arts center have already had lessons with me online. Online lessons are just as effective as in-person lessons. Right now, they are even more effective than in-person lessons because I can continue to play musical examples for the students. I am reluctant to do this now as I don’t want to share the keyboard.

The lessons will be conducted via FaceTime or Skype. I recommend using a tablet or laptop as opposed to a phone due to the larger screen. For iPad users I will need the email address associated with Apple account. Please email it to me or text me at

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