A unique way to take piano lessons

October 31, 2012 5:21:34 AM PDT
In a populated area like Philadelphia, if you want music lessons you can find a teacher in the Yellow Pages. Or ask a friend. Or drop by any of a number of music stores.

There are other choices, too, but none as innovative as this. Mark Miller lives in Barrington, Illinois, but he has piano students from here to...well...the rest of the globe.

He started offering lessons over the phone ten years ago. About five years back, he started using internet services like Skype to enhance the process.

Miller says Skype allows him to observe a student just as if they were in the same room. As long as the camera is positioned correctly, he can see a student's posture and keyboard technique.

The audio connection lets him listen to the music being played. And on his end, he can demonstrate techniques and offer guidance.

Miller also uses the internet to send students arrangements he wants them to learn. His specialty is jazz.

In Fairmount, Paul Mizak has been studying piano for years, mostly with face-to-face teachers. He was on YouTube looking for an arrangement if Errol Garner's classic, "Misty", a couple of years ago. He happened by one of Miller's postings and found the opportunity to study online.

Living in Fairmount, Mizak says parking can be hard to come by. So after a day's work, the last thing he wants to do is drive to a music lesson elsewhere in town then spends time seeking a place to park. He sees the online alternative as the best of all worlds.

Mark Miller offers lessons by many online media, not just Skype. He even tailors lessons to blind and amputee students. You can find him online at Piano Lessons or phone him toll-free at 1-800-327-4266.


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